Back in July 2013, Denise Levenick, over at her blog, The Family Curator, wrote about flattening photos and documents that had been rolled up.
read her post. She does an excellent job of explaining the background and providing instructions. Head over and read it, then come back. I'll be waiting.
OK so now that you have a better understanding of what Denise did, here are my results.
First, I selected a smaller document that spent several decades being rolled up so it wasn't about to flatten out on its own.
Into the "humidification chamber" it went.
After about 8 hours, I was able to unroll it. I was surprised at how much the humidity changes the feel and flexibility of the paper.
Here's what it looked like upon my return. Pretty slick eh?
Note: The 8 hours and 10 hours is just how long I happened to leave the document in the humidification chamber. Maybe it could have been done in a shorter amount of time, maybe not. I also wonder how much the humidity in the surrounding environment affects this process. Here in Arizona, our humidity is pretty low. Sometimes it's almost non-existent. Seriously. It was 7% recently outside. Inside the house the humidity approached 20%. So maybe rehumidification takes longer? I don't know.
Next I tried an over sized document that had been rolled up much longer. This one proved to be more of a challenge. Check back tomorrow to see how that went.
Other posts in this series:
Relaxing and Rehumidifying an Old Document - Part 2
Relaxing and Rehumidifying Photographs - Part 3
Relaxing and Rehumidifying an Old Poster - Part 4
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