Some well intentioned but poorly executed repairs performed in the past were done with poor quality materials, and have ended up causing damage. On the left, you can see an old paper repair that doesn’t quite match the rest of the book. A poor quality acidic paper was used. On the right, you can see the stain caused by the icky paper repair (yes, icky is a technical term). In the center, you can see a dark brown stain left by scotch tape – the evilest of all evils. The old repair will be removed and replaced with better quality materials.

This kind of previous repair could be described with the great Yiddish word: Farpotshket!

“The art of trying to fix something only to make it far worse is described by the Yiddish word farpotshket. ” – from an NPR Story, “The New Words and Ideas We Need”