Linen-base maps, charts etc.
I've posted this question to several lists, so please excuse any dups
you may receive.
The Field Records Library collection includes many maps, charts, etc.
drawn or copied onto a linen-base material (blue). Many of these
items have a smell to them, even though the material shows no
evidence of mold, discoloration, or other visible deterioration.
It's not a musty/dusty/moldy smell, but rather a sharp (does that
make sense?) smell. A colleague has suggested that this linen-base
material was treated with a parrafin-based product, and that the
smell occurs when that product begins to deterioriate.
Anyone out there have experience with this linen-base material and/or
know the source of this odor? With many thanks,
Carol A. Edwards, Head
U.S. Geological Survey Field Records Library
MS 914, Box 25046, Federal Center
Denver, CO 80225-0046
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