Wordsmiths toil over their keyboards, editors labor over layouts and readers preserve the pages.
But as newspaper clippings become yellow and brittle, preservation of the newsprint may be moving to a new method.
The key word is now encapsulate.
According to the Minnesota Historical Society, the best way to preserve old newspaper clippings is to encapsulate them in plastic. The historical society does not recommend lamination because the process is not reversible. In most lamination procedures, heat and pressure combine to melt plastic into the paper.
If the plan is to keep the paper -- or other document -- for the future, encapsulating sandwiches paper between two sheets of a chemically mert polyester film. The film's sides are sealed with a double-sided tape or using a machine to weld the film ultrasonically or with heat.
Once encapsulated, the historical society notes, the original paper will not crack, fracture or tear. Before a newspaper clipping is encapsulated, it needs to be chemically neutralized. But that process can be avoided by making a quality photocopy and encapsulating that paper. When done properly, the paper can last 200 to 300 years.
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