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  1. Edward Cole said:

    To: Anyone who can answer my questions
    From: Edward Cole

    I am interested in finding out about paper and inks that will last a long time. The library of congress sent me an article that said some paper can last 500 years this article also mentioned a standard called ANSI/NISO Z39.48 – 1992. In “A Guide to Graphic Print Production” Third Edition by Kaj Johansson, Peter Lundberg and Robert Ryberg which is published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. on page 275 an international standard called ISO 9706 that can last several hundred years is mentioned and on page 281-282 it mentioned paper made from hemp that can last up to 1500 years. I have found no other references to paper that will last this long. I would like to know how I could find more information about Ink and Paper that last 1500 years or longer. If you know where I could get information on this or if you know of a book that would have a thorough treatment of this subject could you let me know? An email address for anyone who could help me with this would also be useful to me. I have been told that oil based inks with carbon will last a long time but I would like to know that the ink has a proven record. I will probably want to print in black carbon based ink for this reason.
    I think that gravure and offset printing are still of higher quality than digital (print on demand). Do your know of any high quality printing that would be better for small runs than gravure and offset printing? I wish to preserve detail and for the documents to last a long time. I also do not want to rely on technology that need constant attention to preserve the manuscripts I print because the future is uncertain and so it is not certain how long the high tech society of today will last.

    Sincerely, Edward Cole

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