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Preemptive taping

Soooooooo…a coworker just brought me a book she’d found that had been “fixed” with packing tape. Somebody put packing tape over the inner hinge of the book! This in itself isn’t that unique…EXCEPT that the hinge WASN’T. EVEN. BROKEN!! Somehow whoever did it thought putting tape on an unbroken hinge was going to do something good […]

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Ah yes, scraping tape residue off marble paper, so glamorous!

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What’s hiding under that book “repair” tape? Oh, it’s the original gold stamped spine, now ruined!  (Source: https://vine.co/)

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NO! Nooooooooooooooo! This is ONE book, y’all. One poor, 19th century book that has been tortured by tape.  TAPE IS EVIL. (Source: https://vine.co/)

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What tape does to paper. You can see my fingers through the tape, which has made the paper translucent.

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When someone uses the phrase “archival tape”

No, really, an “archival quality” pressure-sensitive tape does not exist.

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They did WHAT?

When I hear the phrase “we fixed it with some tape”…

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Someone “fixed” this with some poorly placed pieces of double-sided tape. Sigh.

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So you know how you can tape things to other things by making a little loop of Scotch tape? Turns out it’s not a very good way to repair books.

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Proper tape removal etiquette requires the pinky finger to be extended.