I had a couple of interesting questions so far this week – nothing earth shattering just interesting. First I had one fella want to know the best way to launder money….well WASH it, bank notes like all ephemera shouldn’t need washing but if it does, my research led me to perhaps swishing it around in something ultra harmless like Neutragena then rinsing the hell out of it – is probably the most harmless option.

The other inquiry I am still researching, is how to lift the leather spine off the back of a mid 19th c. big leather bible, I guess not all of them have hollow backs. So far the best I got is to apply heat and hope the animal glues still have enough moisture in them to soften before you start wiggling away with a bladed instrument. Personally moved my steam iron into the workroom 20 years ago and never took it out again.

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