From Indiana's FACET guide:
Until World War II this wire
was typically made of steel and susceptible to rust. Later, wire was
made of a type of
stainless steel—which is a stable and durable material— that was
Because non-stainless steel wires are susceptible to rust or
corrosion, and because
non-standard size and playback speed wires are not compatible with
these items are at greater risk.
Non-stainless steel wires are rare but, if found, may exhibit
corrosion that makes playback
more difficult. Even stainless steel wires may be subject to some oxidation.
On Wed, May 6, 2009 at 8:15 PM, Angie Dickinson Mickle
<[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> The reference was to the spools themselves, not the wire on the spools.
> Angie Dickinson Mickle
> Avocado Productions
> Broomfield, CO
> Dan Nelson wrote:
>> Its been to many years since chemistry..but i believe you cannot
>> magnetize aluminum..... so the wire must have some sort of coating that
>> appears to be silver/aluminum in color.
>> I have many spools of Webster and Silvertone/sears wire that look the
>> same. The old Webster Chicago runs mechanically but the electronics need
>> re-capping >>> ahh a job for later since i havent had any requests to
>> transfer wire lately.
>> --- On Wed, 5/6/09, Angie Dickinson Mickle <[log in to unmask]>
>>> From: Angie Dickinson Mickle <[log in to unmask]>
>>> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] wire recordings - archival storage
>>> To: [log in to unmask]
>>> Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2009, 7:45 AM
>>> I have seen some spools that were bare aluminum (usually
>>> with no label), but you are right most seem to be pot
>>> metal. Pretty awful getting the wire off when the rims
>>> have been broken.
>>> I will be paying more attention to these issues. And
>>> if you uncover any more information, please let us know what
>>> you find.
>>> Very cool that the plant is still there. It would be
>>> fun to drive passed the next time I'm in town.
>>> Angie Dickinson Mickle
>>> Avocado Productions
>>> Broomfield, CO
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