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Monday, January 6, 2014

The Detriments of Ink

The reason that old records do not look so good these days is because many were written with quill and ink. Ink fades. It fades the whole page, or sections of it. The handling and care of the old books and documents determines how the ink survives.  Some counties in Georgia have court house books as recent as the 1800s which are not legible (but should be).  Weather, storage and how the books are handled figures into it. The old court houses were heated by stoves and fireplaces, and probably not every room.  We are guilty today for some of the problem.  I have visited court houses where the employees and patrons simply do not handle the books carefully.

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