Linen Tape on Paper Artifacts

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      Julia Golden

      I have a question about the use of linen tape on paper artifacts. I keep seeing that it is the current thing to do but I don’t understand why.

      In the past 10 years, at the museum where I currently work, linen tape was used on hand drawn images in our collection to help them remain in place, which were then stored in mat board.

      Our problem is that some of the images were not stable enough and completely tore off at the linen tape or were torn in half.

      I don’t understand why it is in use. I see tape as a permanent solution and I know it can be removed with mineral spirits but why would I attach tape to something to later remove it? Also, the tape is on the front of the artifacts (which I have seen in other museums) and I can’t see how that would work well if the piece will be used in an exhibit.

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