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Saving Stuff: How to Care for and Preserve Your Collectibles, Heirlooms, and Other Prized Possessions

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The most comprehensive book on preserving every type of collectible — from the sentimental to the valuable — from the Smithsonian's Senior Conservator. andlt;BRandgt; For both the serious collector and the sometimes sentimentalist, andlt;Iandgt;Saving Stuffandlt;/Iandgt; explains — in plain language — how you can use the techniques of museum professionals to keep your prized possessions in mint condition. andlt;BRandgt; You do not need deep pockets or oodles of time: using Don Williams's simple instructions, you can preserve anything quickly and inexpensively. In andlt;Iandgt;Saving Stuff,andlt;/Iandgt; he demystifies preservation and presents easy, foolproof methods anyone can use to save nearly everything, including: andlt;BRandgt; andlt;UL TYPE=DISCandgt; andlt;LIandgt;Photographs — in print and digital form andlt;LIandgt;Stuff only a parent could love — from baby teeth to old blankets and first artworks andlt;LIandgt;Furniture — whether it's painted, varnished, or upholstered andlt;LIandgt;Family heirlooms — from silver to rugs to wedding dresses andlt;LIandgt;Sports and political memorabilia — trading cards, posters, equipment, buttons, stickers andlt;LIandgt;Attic leftovers — scrapbooks, military uniforms, medals andlt;LIandgt;Musical instruments andlt;LIandgt;Fine art — oil paintings, etchings, lithographs andlt;LIandgt;Printed matter — comic books, magazines, old letters andlt;LIandgt;And much, much more andlt;/ULandgt; andlt;BRandgt; With step-by-step instructions, detailed illustrations, tips for making the things you use every day last, and stories about how the Smithsonian takes care of our national treasures, andlt;Iandgt;Saving Stuffandlt;/Iandgt; is the only book you need to take care of the stuff you love.

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"From a fragile antique quilt to a child's macaroni artwork, this book offers expert advice on saving those priceless objects from entropy for the 'museum of you.' Williams, senior conservator at the Smithsonian Institute, shares his extensive knowledge on the art of preservation, offering at-home techniques for battling damage from light, humidity, rodents and other pests, like careless friends and family members. Divided into easily navigable chapters, the book offers step-by-step guidelines, lists of supplies needed and numerous rules for preserving everything from 'family treasures' to 'really valuable stuff,' with specifics on caring for objects including record players, political memorabilia, fine art, vintage clothing and more. Sidebars detail tips (e.g. how to turn the pages of a vintage book), bust myths (don't store silver in plastic wrap-it'll cause tarnish) and offer 'Smithsonian Stories,' quirky anecdotes about the Institution's collection. Peppered with personal stories by Jaggar, an amateur collector, about her past maintenance mess-ups, the book is written in clear, concise language that explains these professional techniques to any reader looking to safeguard his loot. " Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

andlt;Bandgt;Don Williamsandlt;/Bandgt; is Senior Conservator at the Smithsonian Institution. During his career, he has consulted on the preservation of such artifacts as Archie Bunker's chair and Franklin Roosevelt's desk. He has served as Education Coordinator of the Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education and led conservation workshops throughout the country. Mr. Williams lives near Washington, D.C.andlt;Bandgt;Louisa Jaggarandlt;/Bandgt; has been a columnist for andlt;Iandgt;Washington Parentandlt;/Iandgt; and has contributed articles to andlt;Iandgt;Diversionandlt;/Iandgt; and the online site Family Travel Network. She has written for PBS and the University of Chicago, among others. She lives near Washington, D.C.

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Lucy Little, August 23, 2007 (view all comments by Lucy Little)
This book is perfect for the average person who collects a few things and may have some family heirlooms. Written by a conservator at Smithsonian, I felt I was getting the most expert advice to preserve and store treasures. It is written clearly and covers almost every collectible imaginable. It does not overwhelm you with technical details, but makes conservation safe and simple. It covers everything, so whether you collect plastic toys or one-of-a-kind artwork, you'll find what you need.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743264167
Author:
Williams, Don
Publisher:
Touchstone Books
Author:
Jaggar, Louisa
Subject:
General
Subject:
Care & Restoration
Subject:
Protection
Subject:
Museum conservation methods
Subject:
Cultural property -- Protection.
Subject:
Collectibles -- Conservation and restoration.
Subject:
Antiques-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
May 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
75-100 illustrations; 2-color throughout
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.12 x 7.38 in 24.78 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "From a fragile antique quilt to a child's macaroni artwork, this book offers expert advice on saving those priceless objects from entropy for the 'museum of you.' Williams, senior conservator at the Smithsonian Institute, shares his extensive knowledge on the art of preservation, offering at-home techniques for battling damage from light, humidity, rodents and other pests, like careless friends and family members. Divided into easily navigable chapters, the book offers step-by-step guidelines, lists of supplies needed and numerous rules for preserving everything from 'family treasures' to 'really valuable stuff,' with specifics on caring for objects including record players, political memorabilia, fine art, vintage clothing and more. Sidebars detail tips (e.g. how to turn the pages of a vintage book), bust myths (don't store silver in plastic wrap-it'll cause tarnish) and offer 'Smithsonian Stories,' quirky anecdotes about the Institution's collection. Peppered with personal stories by Jaggar, an amateur collector, about her past maintenance mess-ups, the book is written in clear, concise language that explains these professional techniques to any reader looking to safeguard his loot. " Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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