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color photocopy archive question



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Hello all:

A newcomer to the list, I have what may be a simple question, but one
that I can nevertheless not find a definitive answer to:

I have several precious old comic books in color photocopy form only,
and I intend to assemble and bind them into something resembling their
original binding. However, this entails color photocopied images facing
each other. My question is: do I need to first seal the pages in some
way to prevent the ink from rubbing off over time? The photocopies were
made at a standard New York shop, and I neglected at the time to ask
about their equipment or inks.

I have searched for information on this subject, and about the best I
have found is the NARA peel test:
http://www.nara.gov/arch/techinfo/reformat/tip5.html. This essentially
says that if ink comes up after applying and removing tape, the ink is
not stable. I don't have the exact type of tape they recommend (3M
#230), but the same test using standard painter's masking tape did not
remove any ink.

So, are my comics safe? Do I need to seal them? If so, what kind of
sealer do you recommend?

Thanks,
Kim Fisher

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