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|gliderpilotuk||I have a number of Apollo Flight Plans that I'm gradually getting signed. Trouble is: they are heavy and therefore expensive to mail or transport. |
I have de-stapled a couple of them - which turned out good because the staples were rusting anyway — but do people generally re-staple them (need an industrial stapler!) or put them in ring binders (not great presentationally)? Grateful for any opinions.
|freshspot||I put mine into Heavyweight Polyethylene Storage Bags. One item per bag. Staples and rings can damage valuable artifacts. The bags I use are archival quality. I get the bags at Light Impressions (but there are probably other suppliers). |
|Robert Pearlman||If it helps, the National Archives maintains a guide on this subject: Preservation and Archives Professionals: Holdings Maintenance - Fastened Documents|
|gliderpilotuk||Helpful - thanks. I'm glad removing the staples seems a good thing.|
|freshspot||When I have items (such as checklists) that are held together by rings, I remove the originals, save them, and use new ones in their place. The 40 year old rings are beginning to rust. But I have the originals for posterity (after all some are flown).|
|gliderpilotuk||I have two or three flight plans that I intend to get signed (with help from Steve Gruber) at Spacefest. Trouble is that they are heavy - the Apollo 17 one in particular - and I'm wondering about trying to remove the staples to ship just the cover. |
Does anyone have any experience or views on removing the staples and whether its feasible to replace them once the cover is signed?
Editor's note: Threads merged.
|spaceman1953||I have always hated staples, but now there are stainless steel ones available... although I still would not use them on something of any value.|
Worse (in my mind) are collectors who use rubber bands on bundles of covers (envelopes). Rubber bands seriously deteriorate in not-too-long of a time and they also can cause problems in cats when they eat them.