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    Posted 10 years ago

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    These are pictures of the diary my father kept while a P.O.W. in Romania. Shown are pictures of the front & back.
    The prisoners were kept in a former school house turned into a prison & the cover picture he drew depicts the elevated windows I heard him describe.
    In a game they played from these windows the P.O.W.'s would provoke the guards to shoot @ them & duck before being struck by gunfire. The winner was determined by having the most bullet holes on the wall. There are places in the pages where he kept score.
    I want to display all of the pages, but don't want to break the binding. Any suggestions?
    What would be best material to put between the pages to help protect the pages & writing?
    Thanks for your input

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    1. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 10 years ago
      Amazing diary and account! Wow, what a game to play! That must have been a nightmare experience.
    2. Alpha1 Alpha1, 10 years ago
      He seldom spoke of this time. I doubted the game until I saw the scores in this diary.
    3. Manikin Manikin, 10 years ago
      Keep in acid free paper between pages and wrap in it . Part of history to save and pass on ! don't handle paper without white cotton gloves the oil in your hands will risk damaging it . Love the story but not the situation he was in .Someday maybe all wars will end and there will be peace for all .
    4. scottvez scottvez, 10 years ago
      Love the artwork and story.

    5. Alpha1 Alpha1, 10 years ago
      Reviewing your "Show & Tell" I can see why u would appreciate the artwork.
      It has shown me a part of my Father no 1 ever knew.
      Hoping 2 find a way 2 copy the pages w/o breaking the crease & keep the diary intact.
    6. officialfuel officialfuel, 10 years ago
      A great keepsake of your father!

    7. Alpha1 Alpha1, 10 years ago
      Appreciate your input. & your Show & Tell.
      Went 2 Michaels & got "Vellum Paper" 29lb. Heavier than I expected.
      Any further recommendations?
    8. Manikin Manikin, 10 years ago
      Vellum is not acid free . You can get acid free tissue at a office supply company . It comes in large sheets you can cut and is very thin
      here is some info on preserving documents
      Paper documents are composite materials. Some general categories of paper documents found in most collections include textual documents (i.e., handwritten manuscripts and typed or commercially printed ephemera and bound volumes), or pictorial documents (i.e., drawings, paintings, and prints of scientific illustrations). The following generic descriptions show how different kinds of documents may have similar characteristics that affect their preservation and storage.
      These documents, generally found in large quantities, are usually thought to be of informational value only and are not normally rare. However, they may have additional value if they are archival originals. They also may be at considerable risk to loss due to high use and unstable components. While such documents generally contain relatively stable media of oil, solvent-based, or thermosetting inks, the substrate on which they are printed may be vulnerable coated or acidic paper. These components, along with the various shapes and sizes of the documents, can make them especially susceptible to damage from inherent, environmental, or handling problems. Such documents should be stored individually or in small numbers in acid-free enclosures or folders within alkaline-buffered flat or vertical file boxes. These documents can be copied for use by researchers, using inexpensive, low resolution photocopy techniques. If the documents are archival originals, they should be protected from frequent handling and photocopied only once, on archival-quality paper, to provide a preservation master copy from which subsequent photocopies can be made.
      These documents are usually original and unique, which increases their intrinsic value. They also may have high evidential value, especially when they contain raw data. Such documents can be at risk because of unstable media, such as pencil or inks that may be friable, acidic, or fugitive. While these documents are frequently of similar sizes (i.e., letter- or legal-size), they may be on thin loose-leaf papers and folded or joined together by fasteners or adhesives that make handling difficult. These documents should be stored in individual acid-free enclosures and folders in flat or vertical alkaline-buffered file boxes.
    9. Alpha1 Alpha1, 10 years ago
      You have been most informative. ~ Thank you
      I did not think what they sold me @ Michaels was correct.
      Armed with your information I have contacted Joanns, Michaels, Staples, Office Max, Office Depot, & several ScrapBook stores all to no avail. Have found online sources, but want it now & be able to physically view my options.
      Plan on seeking out other sources tomorrow.
    10. Manikin Manikin, 10 years ago
      Our K-mart has it . I think it is sewing dept . I have no idea why there but do you have a K-mart ?
    11. Alpha1 Alpha1, 10 years ago
      Amazing u would mention KMart. Early this a.m. I did another Google search & got "Kreinik" Acid Free Tissue Paper @ KMart. Need 2 b in that direction so hopefully it won't b a wasted trip.
      Not going 2 waste time w/ a phone call since personnel aren't trained 2 know what is in their stores. They most likely have it @ JoAnns since they have a Sewing Dept.
      Thanks again
    12. Alpha1 Alpha1, 10 years ago
      In a Nut Shell: Abvailable online only or not @all. I covered it all.
      However, @ Aarons Brothers I purchased a sheet of Usukuchi thin Rayon paper. Told it is acid free & used for photos.
      What a learning experience.

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