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    RE: Box of paper dated 1952, what to do with it?

    Am very open to suggestions on what to do with a recently acquired box of HALOID paper dated 1952. "Unopened" box of 100 10"x10" sheets. Original thought was to use it for making Chemigrams, but now am considering using it for Lith printing. Have to assume that with normal processing there would be a definite level of "fog" that would make it unusable for traditional printing. Fortunately it is #3 Grade. Just hate to waste a good percentage of the 100 sheets proceeding in the wrong direction.
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    Re: Box of paper dated 1952, what to do with it?

    ebay

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    Re: Box of paper dated 1952, what to do with it?

    I'd be interested to know what uses you put it to. Today I acquired several large boxes worth of old photo paper (comprising many, many boxes and packets from several brands), dating from the 50s to the early 90s, and am pondering what I could use it for.

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    Re: Box of paper dated 1952, what to do with it?

    Most won't be good for exposing and development for prints as age fogging has probably hit it.

    Might try clearing it with fixer, without light exposure and use it for the base surface with Carbon Transfer prints.
    I tend to procrastinate on stuff. One of these days I'll do something about it.

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    Re: Box of paper dated 1952, what to do with it?

    Ask Ginette if she's still working on her project with expired paper?

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    Re: Box of paper dated 1952, what to do with it?

    First thing to do is try to make a normal print. If it's a chloride paper like AZO it may be just fine. I got a box of Gaevert paper from 1964 that I was gonna toss and when I made a print, it was better than my AZO. 250 usable sheets. Bromide is trash, but chloride might be fine.
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    Re: Box of paper dated 1952, what to do with it?

    I'd try lith printing, if conventional printing does not work out.

    As per Mr. Galli, I've had papers (also Gevaert, as it happens) that must be from the 50-60's, that still work fine. Try it and see, you might be surprised.
    "Be still and allow the mud to settle."

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    Re: Box of paper dated 1952, what to do with it?

    Photo paper can last a long time. Last year I was given several boxes of long-frozen Ilford Multigrade III RC paper. I've been using it for contact proofs only, as it's not fogged. A recent article on another site states that MGIII was discontinued in 1994(!) So I got lucky.

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    Re: Box of paper dated 1952, what to do with it?

    First step would be to try it. Would be interesting to hear your experiences please.

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    Re: Box of paper dated 1952, what to do with it?

    Make some very nice paper planes!

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