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Philatelic Bibliopole

Leonard H. Hartmann

Philatelic Bibliopole Boxes and Pages


Notes on the use of LaserJet printers LaserJet


PB Pages

Since 1987 we have offered our own mounting pages, made in the USA, 100% cotton , peroxide bleached and washed, no optical brighteners, neutral pH, buffered with calcium carbonate, prepared for true archival preservation. Such paper is costly but not nearly as much as your stamps and covers or your time to mount them. The size is a convenient 8 x 11 inches.

Though our pages are heavy there is enough flexibility so they can be hand fed through an office size Xerox or LaserJet printer and receive a better image than regular paper, they are also ideal for hand inking and typing. They are not punched for a binder so you have the full surface for mounting and an attractive format for exhibiting. We have found that most newer LaserJet printers will take the paper from the normal tray but we still suggest the hand feed, you run normal paper from the tray and once you get the page right hand feed a sheet of our paper.

For those that like to hand ink there pages we have a good supply of paper that is a fraction too thick for most LaserJet printers. This paper is available only as blank, 8 x 11 for $25.00 per 25 sheets or Paneled at $32.50 per 25. We also have, at a reduced price some of paper as quadrille which is not appropriate for the LaserJet.

To protect each pages we offer special side entry DuPont Melinex ®516 Page Protectors made especially for us to accommodate our heavy paper. We prefer the side entry over the top entry as the page is protected from things falling into it and it is easier to insert the page into the long side of the Page Protector. Mylar D is no longer made however the new DuPont Melinex ®516 is equal for archival preservation.

To finish off the package we offer our own Clam Shell Boxes to hold the pages in the Protectors. These boxes are sturdy and attractively made, a heavy spine and a heavy cloth covering and paper lining. A similar design of folding boxes have been used by archivists to house rare books and documents for many years. They will open flat for convenient sorting and viewing of the pages and close for storage in a bookcase.

Our paper is quite unusual in that we have a neutral pH with a low alkaline reserve. This is why pH analysis are virtually the same before and after aging. In making paper that is only pH neutral is easier, and more economical, to add additional calcium carbonate to neutralize the acid and create a greater alkalinity reserve than to wash out the salts from the pulp in the first place.

Custom engraved page headings printed from steel dies are available. They are hand engraved in Louisville. We can also offer hand and laser cut copper engraving.

PB PAGES

Regular size 8 x 11 inch, circa 14 mil thick, 100% Cotton, Archival Quality, Neutral pH; not to be confused with neutralized ground wood pulp. These pages are not punched for a binder thus the full page size is available for mounting, also no friction between binder, page and DuPont Melinex ®516.

Oversize, 10¼ x 11 inch, circa 16 mil thick, 100% Cotton, Archival Quality, Neutral pH, the page size and weight is such that they can not be run on most large format Laser Jet printers but it can also be run on most large format Xerox Type copiers Oversize, 11 x 11 inch, circa 16 mil thick, 100% Cotton, Archival Quality, Neutral pH, the page size and weight is such that they can be run on most large format Laser Jet printers but it can be run on most large format Xerox Type copiers Oversize, 11 x 17 inch, circa 16 mil thick, 100% Cotton, Archival Quality, Neutral pH,the page size and weight is such that they can be run on most large format Laser Jet printers but it can also be run on most large format Xerox Type copiers Oversize, 12 3/8 x 14 inch, circa 16 mil thick, 100% Cotton, Archival Quality, Neutral pH,the page size and weight is such that they can be run on most large format Laser Jet printers but it can also be run on most large format Xerox Type copiers

PB DuPont MELINEX ®516 SLEEVES

Regular size 8 x 11 inch, Made especially for us, 3 mil, one long side open, sized for our 8.5 x 11 Oversize, 11 x 17 inch, Made especially for us, 3 mil, one long side open, sized for our 11 x 17 Oversize, 12 3/8 x 14 inch, Made especially for us, 3 mil, one long side open, sized for our 12 3/8 x 14

PB BOXES

PB Boxes are again in stock, December 12st, 2014

Clam Shell design for convenient storage in a book shelf and for easy examination and display of your pages. Each PB box will hold from 60 with DuPont Melinex ®516 sleeves. They are covered in a rich buckram, and are finely detailed with a wood frame, the same as the Classic Hartmann luggage, available in Red, Blue, Gray and Green, for our 8.5 x 11 inch pages, each $132.50

PB PAGE SAMPLER

One each: Quadrille, Blank Paneled, Blank for LaserJets, a Page Protector, Arthur Salm Foundation Report #1, order form. $3.00

Ye Old 2" Cover Corners

Clear plastic with paper back and moisture activated gum, 2" on each side and 2.8" for the diagonal, two will secure most covers, they can be easily cut down with a scissors to better accomodate small covers or blocks of stamps

Preservation

Our album pages, page protectors and page boxes are designed with consideration for archival preservation, it is your responsibility to see that they are properly used!

A home or office at say 65 to 75F and 50 to 60% Relative Humidity is both convenient and a responsible environment. To place stamps, books, art objects, furniture, etc. in a hot attic, a damp basement, an unheated entrance hall, a damp safe, any unattended area, etc. is not prudent.

The primary purpose of any collection is your enjoyment. From time to time thumb through the pages, you will enjoy seeing old friends, it will also "air things out" and give you the opportunity to see if storage problems exist.

Our album pages and the DuPont Melinex ®516 pockets are inert. Albums, slip cases and page boxes are not inert as they are not in direct contact with the material. These containers do much to assure the preservation as they minimize the contact with light, dirt and air pollution in addition to keeping everything together.

The PB Story

For a number of years many of our friends and customers lamented the lack of quality blank pages, page boxes and albums. At ever exhibit, local to international, it was evident that many fine collections are mounted on poor pages, older exhibits often show material on pages showing evident discoloration. In 1988 we develop and market our PB pages, similar to those that we used in the 1970 CPS show, our 1970 pages are still as fresh and white as the day they were made and look just like the new ones.

Our paper is made and the pages finished in the USA, 100% cotton, peroxide bleached, well washed, no optical brighteners, neutral pH, ie 7, buffered with calcium carbonate, prepared for true archival preservation. Though these are thick pages the there is enough flexibility so they can be hand fed through an office size Xerox or LaserJet printer and receive a better image than regular paper. They are also ideal for hand inking and will hold hinges and mounts well. This paper should not be confused with ground wood pulp which has been neutralized to a 7 pH, such paper still contains all the destructive ingredients, they have just been restrained.

The pages are 8.5 x 11 inches and are not punched for a binder. Any good office punch would make the holes but we think the un-punched pages are preferable. First you have the entire surface for mounting, with holes you loose about 1.5 inches on the left. Second we think preservation in a DuPont Melinex ®516 Page Protector and a Page Box is preferable to either a ring or post binder. The binder necessitates page flexing which could be detrimental. The hinged page as is used with the Frank Godden and other better albums was developed to minimize the flexing problem but adding a Page Protector negates much of the effect of the hinge.

To protect each pages we offer special side entry Melinex Page Protectors made for us. We prefer the side entry over the top entry as the page is protected from things falling into it and it is easier to insert the page into the Protector.

To finish off the package we offer our own Clam Shell Boxes to hold the pages in the Protectors. These boxes are sturdy and attractively made, a heavy spine and a heavy cloth covering and lining. A similar design of folding boxes have been used by archivists to house rare books and documents for many years. They will open flat for convenient sorting and viewing of the pages and close for storage in a bookcase.

Advice for the Future

The old time Louisville Stamp Dealers, Col. Lawrence Heyman advised his customers that when starting a new collection or exhibit you should buy enough paper to see you through the project. The concept was that with time the paper would age and discolor, even the Colonel's favorite Centennial, but it wouldn't be too noticeable if newly mounted sheets were on pages of the same age as the original.

This was excellent advise and well founded in fact. Times have changed but then they have not and the advice is still good. Paper that is either acid or alkaline or loaded with salts will change with time but today we have paper that will not. Prior to circa 1820 all paper was both rag and not chlorine bleached which gives one excellent long time stability. New technology lowered the costs of paper, first by introducing chlorine bleaches and then with wood pulp. Both developments shortened it's life, by the 1890's most paper was extremely poor. It has only been since the 1980's that there has been a general interest in producing paper with a reasonable expected life. Reasonable expected life, one would expect a normal reference book to last 100 years, certainly not archival but in one's life it would not fade and could be passed along to the next generation. For fine philatelic material we have higher expectations. For the newspaper 6 wks is enough.

With our PB paper we do not expect that there will be any noticeable change in the next several hundred years if properly handled. Still the advice to buy a quantity is good as the exact paper stock may not always be available. In May, 1992 we learned that our paper mill had been bought out and the new owners would not make our paper except in lots of 20,000 lbs, another mill offered to make 10,000 lbs batches but as they had never made such paper there was much risk and we could not justify the quantity.

The new paper is extremely similar to the original in all respects however it has a fraction more calcium carbonate and is a fraction whiter in appearance and a fraction slicker on the surface. One would not want to mix the two papers in one exhibit but otherwise we do not see a problem.

We now offer our new paper as Blank and Quadrille. We have a reasonable quantity of Blank paper from the original mill; identical in fiber, surface and color to the original, but a fraction thicker thus it is superb for pen and ink work but not acceptable for many LaserJets, it will go through most full size Xerox's.

Advice for LaserJet Printing

Most LaserJets have a back door, which when opened will subject the paper to less flexing than the regular discharge point. This is the recommended path and is probably the best but you have nothing to lose in trying the regular.

Hand feeding is available on many LaserJet printers and Xeroxes, this will probably subject the paper to less flexing. You should try this as opposed to the normal paper tray to see what is best for your system.

We find the hand feeding convenient, we keep running copies on regular paper out of the paper tray until we get exactly what we want and then stick in a sheet of PB paper for the final print. On some printers we have found that the regular paper tray works best so you best try them both.

Ye Old 2" Cover Corners

They had been unavailable for well over ten years and old examples have been eagerly sought after by many collectors. Rumors surfaced every few months that they are again being made but upon checking either they are not the same design or the story was a complete fantasy. They do exist, production started in March, 1992!

We think the Old Original 2" Cover Corner design is the best way for a collector or dealer to mount most covers though they are not the ultimate with respect to archival preservation by the restraints of today's technology for a plastic-paper device. Few collectors want the inconvenience and costs of true archival protection. They are attractive, easy to use and offer a reasonable solution to our need to mount covers.

DuPont Melinex ®516 is now considered best archival plastic and we think it is ideal for Page Protectors but not for Cover Corners. Melinex will not stick with any inert adhesive thus to attach the Corner to a page you must either use a Non Hardening adhesive or you must cut the album page so a Welded Prong can be inserted through the page. We don't like the Non Hardening adhesive and the Prong design is only applicable to Museum Cases where the page is never moved. The edges of our Page Protectors are welded, not glued.

There is another problem with Melinex and the old Mylar for Cover Corners; these plastics are quite hard, the sharp edge that contacts the cover or stamp can easily wear a thin spot in the paper, fray a cover or stamp edge, etc.

What else is there! Several friends like the Large Old Cover Hinges, wonderful but a decent stamp hinge is hard to find these days and the Large Old Cover Hinges haven't been made for many years. There are various small plastic and or paper corners and some plastic strips from Germany but we find them all lacking. The corners are too small, unattractive and the plastic strips require considerable manual dexterity to use plus they are often too light to hold a cover. With the Old Original 2" Cover Corners two are sufficient to hold most covers.

Please Remember, you must keep your collection in a good environment; the finest paper and Melinex can not protect against the ravages of high heat and humidity, polluted air, and problems with the original stamp or cover such as bad paper and ink, etc.

Hp LaserJet Printers

Over the years we have had excellent results used Hp 2, 3, 4, 5 series, 2100, 4200, CP3525, etc. printers, some jamming but not that bad. We have had reports of good success from other printers but do not keep a list.

The new Hp series of printers, the 4200, which we think is the basic design for the future are perfect for our paper, superior to the previous generations. However you must make one important change, if you do not they will not run. In the original printer setup menu you need to set Paper Tray 1 for ARCHIVAL. Paper Tray 2 for Archival will also work but we suggest Paper Tray 1. For the Hp color printers, 3250 and 3500 series and the Hp black and white 4200 we find no special adjustments are necessary.

If you care to phone we will help as best we can.

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Philatelic Bibliopole

PO Box 36006, Louisville, Ky 40233, USA

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