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Tuesday January 4 2011

Treatment Focus: Preserving the world's first geographical atlas

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    • Title page, Theater of the World, Abraham Ortelius
    • Map of the World, Theater of the World, Abraham Ortelius
    • Map of the Americas, Theater of the World, Abraham Ortelius
    • Map of Italy, Theater of the World, Abraham Ortelius
    • Theater of the World, Abraham Ortelius
    • Theater of the World cover, after treatment

CCAHA's book section recently treated Abraham Ortelius's Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, considered the first geographical atlas and the most comprehensive summary of 16th-century cartography. The volume is from Boston Public Library's Norman B. Leventhal Map Center.

Thursday December 2 2010

Treatment Focus: Preserving the legacy of Paul Robeson

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    • Robeson USO tour photograph
    • Robeson Othello poster
    • Conservation Technician Amber Hares mending a pamphlet
    • Conservation Technician Amber Hares surface cleaning a pamphlet cover with grated eraser
    • Robeson materials soaking in a bath

CCAHA staff are currently treating a collection of the performer and activist's letters, books, Broadway posters, and concert programs from the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection of Temple University Libraries.

Friday October 29 2010

Treatment Focus: Conserving the Meade Album, a Civil War vet's life-long project

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    • Jess inpainting Meade Album
    • First page of Civil War Museum's Meade Album
    • Close-up of Jess inpainting Meade Album
    • George Meade, Jr. Photo from Meade Album

The Civil War Museum of Philadelphia's Meade Album holds almost 1,400 carte-de-visite portraits of all the officers who served in the Union Army of the Potomac.

Wednesday September 29 2010

Treatment Focus: The adventure of treating an original Sherlock Holmes manuscript

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    • Sherlock Holmes manuscript
    • Sherlock Holmes manuscript first page
    • Arthur Conan Doyle's signature
    • Sherlock Holmes manuscript cover

CCAHA's book section has been working on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original manuscript for The Adventure of the Empty House, a Sherlock Holmes story, which recently arrived from the Rosenbach Museum & Library.

Tuesday August 31 2010

Treatment Focus: Conserving a well-traveled poster

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    • Corine surface cleans Prunier
    • Preparing Prunier for a bath
    • Placing Prunier in the bath
    • Washing Prunier
    • Corine and Jess remove tape from Prunier
    • Corine removes tape from Prunier
    • Removing tape from Prunier
    • Close up of tape removal on Prunier
    • Preparing lining for Prunier
    • Pouring paste onto lining for Prunier
    • Smoothing paste on Prunier lining
    • Lifting Prunier onto lining
    • Prunier on lining table
    • Prunier on lining table 2
    • Flat Prunier on lining table
    • Corine inpainting Prunier 3
    • Prunier before and after treatment images

The private collector who brought the poster to CCAHA first saw it hanging in the Samson Street Oyster House in Philadelphia -- but it originally served as an advertisement for Restaurant Prunier, a renowned Parisian seafood restaurant.

Thursday July 29 2010

Treatment Focus: Discovering Wind Cave

    • Book Conservator Theresa Cho filling losses

CCAHA conservators recently completed treatment on a diary documenting the first systematic explorations of Wind Cave (Hot Springs, South Dakota) in 1891.  Click here to read our July FOCUS on the diary and its author and treatment.

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