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Old newspapers

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Jeff Lynne, 11 Sep 2009.

  1. Jeff Lynne


    Joined: 2 Oct 2008

    Posts: 1,069

    I'm scanning things out of old newspapers onto my PC and there are annoyingly some pictures that I want to scan that have folds in them.

    Is there anything that I can do, before or after scanning that would get rid of the fold marks?

    The papers don't belong to me and have been will'ed (is that a word?) to be left to the library from the owner so the slightest hint of damage is a no no.
  2. MowyTone


    Joined: 4 May 2009

    Posts: 3,366

    Location: Southampton

    use an iron. put tea towel over the paper and iron it flat

    edit: I like your thinking there SideWinder ;)
  3. SideWinder


    Joined: 12 Jun 2004

    Posts: 149,444

    Location: NW5

    Is there a safe way of ironing it? Perhaps put a towel on top of the newspaper and iron it like that?
  4. TheMightyTen


    Joined: 4 Feb 2003

    Posts: 6,008

    Location: Birmingham

    Carefully iron them. My Grandfather used to work at a large country house and had to iron the papers every morning for 20 years.

    Experiment on a paper of your own to get the right temperature and wipe and dry the iron face between every paper so you don't accidentally transfer print.
  5. Goldy

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 30 Mar 2004

    Posts: 1,147

    Location: West Wing

    'Bequeathed' is the word you're looking for.

    Good luck with the creases.
  6. Jeff Lynne


    Joined: 2 Oct 2008

    Posts: 1,069

    Bequeathed sounds about right!

    I love the idea of having to iron the daily papers too, I shall give it a go. Most of the pages are cuttings that have been put into a4 clear holders in a ringbinder so lots of them are creased.

    It's a big job!