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Intreresting. I have a number of records, many Mercury from the early to 
mid 1950s, that have the images from the sleeve imprinted on the lacquer 
of the records. All are playable with virtually no noise because the 
transfer is only on the very tips of the groove, not down where the 
stylus rides.
I've often wondered the cause of the image transfer, though. I think it 
might be heat, and pressure from stacking them one on top of another in 
piles, as some accumulators do.
Malcolm

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Richard Warren wrote:

> Hi,
>
> Experience here suggests that when paper sleeves are found welded to 
> the surfaces of shellac discs (or their printed words and images are 
> imprinted on disc surfaces), that's the result of moisture and that 
> the discs have usually been permanently damaged.
>
> Richard
>
> At 09:15 AM 2/15/2007, you wrote:
>
>> I'd have to go with Steve's conclusion that if moisture got a foothold
>> anywhere in the surface, the freezing would cause it expand and break
>> the disc or wax cylinder. Especially if the records were never touched.
>> Unfortunately, I don't believe dessicant would have helped in a severly
>> cold atmosphere as the moisture has to be part of a warm atmospheric
>> environment to work.
>>
>> Bob  Hodge
>>
>> Robert Hodge,
>> Senior Engineer
>> Belfer Audio Archive
>> Syracuse University
>> 222 Waverly Ave .
>> Syracuse N.Y. 13244-2010
>>
>> 315-443- 7971
>> FAX-315-443-4866
>>
>> >>> [log in to unmask] 2/14/2007 9:53 PM >>>
>> Hi Bob,
>>
>> <sarcasm>Do tell</sarcasm>.I had a terrible experience a few years
>> back,where my 78s were in an unheated room for most of one winter.I came
>> back in the spring,and lost at least a dozen to breakage,and I never
>> touched them.Among them,one of the records from my Siemens Von Karajan
>> set,my Ray Charles "Kissa Me Baby",on Swing Time,and my Argentine Decca
>> "El Rocko",by Bill Haley.Do they expand and contract or something ?
>>
>>
>>                                  Roger
>>
>> Robert Hodge <[log in to unmask]> wrote: Hello Barbara,
>>
>> I have worked with large collections of shellac discs stored in
>> unheated
>> outbuildings. As long as critters are kept out of them and they remain
>> dry, they never audibly degrade !! At least that's my experience.
>>
>> Of course, cold shellac or wax is extremely prone to breakage due to
>> brittleness !! Double that for wax amberol cylinders !!
>>
>> The dessicant would be a good idea for wax cylinders.
>> But then I wouldn't store wax cylinders or shellac anywhere where I
>> myself could not live !!
>>
>> Bob Hodge
>>
>>
>>
>> >>> [log in to unmask] 2/13/2007 3:17 PM >>>
>> Language Archives wrote:
>> > I have to pack up my archive for storage in the University library
>> while
>> > construction happens around my space. I was asked about the need to
>> put
>> > (advisability of putting) desiccant in with the recordings. I don't
>> know
>> > for certain how long they will be in boxes--we may unpack them for
>> > access on the other end, and while they think construction will end
>> in
>> > August, who knows!
>>
>> I suspect that it will be important to know two things: what sort of
>> material (cylinders, 78s, lacquers, LPs, ??); what sort of storage
>> environment.
>>
>> Mike
>> -- 
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>>
>> Robert Hodge,
>> Senior Engineer
>> Belfer Audio Archive
>> Syracuse University
>> 222 Waverly Ave .
>> Syracuse N.Y. 13244-2010
>>
>> 315-443- 7971
>> FAX-315-443-4866
>>
>>
>>
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>>
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