Posted 3 years ago
Well, firstly, what you're looking at is my revealing an antique label covered up since the 1910s by another label. This was done over about 20 minutes with warm water and a razor blade (cold water wasn't cutting it).
As you can see, the original label is extremely dark (covered in turpentine). So either:
Can turpentine be removed without damaging ink and paper?
Can I safely brighten the paper without damaging the ink?
I looked into one method, using bleach-water to brighten the paper, then stopping it with vinegar-water. But I'm concerned about the fibres of the paper and the ink under an attack of liquid bleach.
Ideas on brightening it safely? It's an historically important label from a tiny town. A 1916 druggist catalog claims 550 people. Research shows it to be from the Wolfinger & Gilligan Co., Druggists, in Hopkins Station, Michigan. Label is too dark to read everything.