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How to flatten old diplomas?

How do I safely flatten old diplomas? I have two diplomas from 1927 and 1931 that I'd like to frame. They were rolled up in a box with other items for many decades. They are a little squished (but not creased), and they want to retain their rolled up squishedness. Both are printed on a heavyish material with a plasticy feel and a slight sheen; I don't know if it is imitation vellum, or actual animal skin. The documents are from the Mary Institute at Washington University at St. Louis (1927) and Mt. Holyoke (1931) if that helps.
posted by thinman on May 26, 2007 - 12 answers

Where can i buy preserved lemons?

Where can I buy preserved lemon in the SF Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by rorycberger on Jan 9, 2007 - 14 answers

How to preserve paintings on plaster walls?

The third floor of my neighbor's home was made into a children's playroom many years ago and hasn't been touched since. There's very interesting (and possibly offensive) handpainted artwork on the (plaster) walls he would like to preserve, but hasn't a clue how to do it or who to talk to for advice. How should he proceed?
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Nov 5, 2006 - 4 answers

Presenting newspaper scans as a book

What's the best way to organise a book of old newspaper clippings, quotes and recipes? (Scanned and/or transcribed) [more inside]
posted by slightlybewildered on May 13, 2006 - 2 answers

Preserving recorded sound

In this interesting fpp about the 2005 National Recording Registry, 'audio experts' are quoted as saying "too few people have the skills to preserve many at-risk analog sound materials." Where would one obtain these skills? [more inside]
posted by starscream on Apr 18, 2006 - 5 answers

Help with my new 100+ yr old blanket

Help with my new 100+ yr old blanket. [more inside]
posted by jdl on Dec 26, 2005 - 5 answers

A picture of the Hayes-Healy Building?

I need a picture of the (intact) Hayes-Healy Building from DePaul University in Chicago. [more inside]
posted by cusack on Dec 20, 2005 - 4 answers

How can I preserve and share my grandmother's final writings?

Help me preserve and share my grandmother's final writings. [more inside]
posted by aebaxter on Dec 9, 2005 - 9 answers

antique fabric preservation

Preserving and protecting a textile: I have an old theater backdrop painted on muslin. It is a little water damaged but otherwise in good condition, except for fraying around the edges. How can I repair the edges and protect from future damage while displaying it? The archival sites mainly talk about storage and don't really deal with home diy ideas or tips.
posted by gingembre on Sep 19, 2005 - 2 answers

How do I get contact sheets and prints made from old negatives?

Looking to get prints made from old negatives. [more inside]
posted by turbanhead on Aug 30, 2005 - 3 answers

How do I photograph a huge painting?

Photographing soon-to-be-destroyed architectural paintings... [more inside]
posted by fake on Aug 19, 2005 - 16 answers

Preserving & Presenting An Old Mirror?

I need your advice on preserving and presenting an old mirror. [more inside]
posted by keswick on Jul 23, 2005 - 2 answers

what do I use to put photographs in a scrapbook?

What is the best way or product to use to place photographs in an scrapbook? I found old photographs lying around in an envelope and I would like to put them in an album in a way that will also preserve them (some of them are over thirty years old and have seen better days). [more inside]
posted by mirileh on Jun 14, 2005 - 9 answers

Advice for building archival storage cabinet for discs, docs?

I'm seeking info on data/CD/paper/object archival storage for various stuff at my home. There are really two questions here: 1) Where can I find authoritive information about CD-ROM preserving/archival methods. 2) Where can I find info on building/converting a cabinet to a controlled environment on a low budget/DIY? [more inside]
posted by -harlequin- on Apr 5, 2005 - 4 answers

Archiving Old Magazines

I recently inherited a looks-brand-new copy of The London Illustrated News from 1947 dedicated to the wedding of Princess Elizabeth. It's amazing; it includes a pictorial family tree tracing both Elizabeth and Philip back to Victoria, baby pictures, pictures of the crowds in Trafalgar Square, etc. What's the best way to keep this treasure as pristine as possible, while still being able to look at it from time to time? [more inside]
posted by WolfDaddy on Oct 13, 2004 - 5 answers

Which fruits or vegetables keep the longest?

What kinds of fruit/vegetables have you found that keep longest? For more perishable stuff, are there any methods (short of freezing) for extending shelf life?
posted by casarkos on Sep 19, 2004 - 9 answers

Software for digitally perserving older magazines

Suppose one wanted to scan each page of a magazine and produce a PDF file including each page in order. Is there any free software that makes this process less painful than my current solution (My current solution is to scan each page, drop them into word and then print as pdf in OSX)? It seems like there would be, but my google consultation has been fruitless.
Alternately, is there a better way to electronically preserve and distribute a long out-of-print magazine? The folks who share large runs of comic books over bittorrent spring to mind as possible sources of insight, but again, Google fails me.
posted by adamkempa on Jul 18, 2004 - 10 answers

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