Saturday, 11 February 2012

This Paper Will Self-Destruct in 100 Years

Here's another one from the box. It must have been in there for about 30 years. The last time I took it out, you could still turn the pages to read it. This time it literally started to crumble away in my hands. It was published in 1912, so I guess it's official - without taking precautions to preserve it against aging, a paper printed on cheap newsprint, will last 100 years before it disintegrates.

The pages are A3 size. That's twice the size of a standard US comic book and the print is tiny, cramming many thousands of words onto the pages and you certainly had your penny's worth with half a dozen exciting tales of crime, high adventure and trouble at t'mill.