Back in the 30s and 40s, Kodak had a piece of blotter paper behind a
grill in the center of the aluminum cans for 16mm films. I think they
meant for the blotter paper to be kept damp to keep the safety film
hydrated. I never saw anybody do it, however.
Mike Biel [log in to unmask]
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Subject: [ARSCLIST] Fwd: [ARSCLIST] Treatment for Acetate Tapes
From: "Don Tait ([log in to unmask])" <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Fri, December 09, 2011 3:42 pm
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I agree with Scott Phillips. I'd like to read everyone's comments about
this on the ARSC site if everyone is willing. Because I have some
tapes from circa 1957 that are dried, curled, and that I want to
I'll tell something that was told to me about a possible rescue method
by Mitchell Heller, who's been an engineer involved in recording since
early 1950s: humidity. Mitchell said the basic problem is that acetate
dries out, and curls as a result. He recommended putting a piece of wet
cloth or paper towel in at least one corner of a tape enclosure, the
corners the better, trying to cover all openings of the enclosure with
like plastic wrap to trap the moisture inside, and letting it sit for a
while. He said that would rehydrate the tape and cause it to flatten
to be played successfully.
Despite my problems with a few acetate tapes I've never had the energy
to try it, so I don't know whether it works. Others probably will. In
case, that's my contribution. I hope to read others' thoughts about the
Don Tait It would be a shame if it wasn't on list, this is important.
Richard Hess has some information, I believe he has played this tape
On Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 5:48 PM, Simon Kunz <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Dear all,
> I would like to use camphor on a brittle acetate tape to smoothen it and
> make it playable. I have recently read of this procedure for film and I
> wondered if it would work in magnetic tapes as well.
> Does anyone have some experiences with this kind of treatment? Are there
> any published articles concerning this topic? (whether applied to film as
> to magnetic tape)
> The tape I would like to treat is a Magnethophon Typ C from 1943.
> Every hint is appreciated! If you prefer you may contact me off-list.
> Simon Kunz