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I use clear packing tape. Scotch brand kind, the thicker kind. I might regret it one day but I 
betcha the LP won't be too playable by then anyway. This also works great for old tape boxes that 
have split seams.

-- Tom Fine

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Graham Newton" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sunday, February 11, 2007 7:54 PM
Subject: [ARSCLIST] Fixing damaged LP jackets...


>I keep coming across the old LP album jackets (typically early RCA Victor LPM series ca. 1955 or 
>thereabouts made from two pieces of thin cardboard) that are split open in a flap and only held 
>together by the spine paper.
>
> These are the type where the printed back paper page was glued to the back cardboard which it 
> overlapped, then folded over and glued to the front cardboard thus holding the two cardboard 
> sheets together.  The front cover illustration or graphic sheet was then glued over the front 
> cardboard and covered the folded edges of the back sheet.
>
> There is no edge room to use a bead of hot glue to fix these things, and I don't want to use any 
> sticky tape which will dry out and eventually fall off as I have seen many do in the past!
>
> Years ago, in broadcasting, we used to use white surgical cloth backed tape of the kind they used 
> to hold bandages on, but I don't know if you can still get that and certainly it would not be 
> cheap!  I still have albums that were fixed with that tape that hold up well today, although a 
> clear archival tape with similar long lasting adhesive qualities would be good.
>
> Does anyone know of a suitable tape or means to fix these split album jackets?
>
>
>
> ... Graham Newton
>
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