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What is the history behind the Silhouette?

Silhouettes

Silhouettes or cutout paper pictures are named after Etienne de Silhouette, a fairly unpopular 18th century Frenchman. Silhouette was the French Controller General of Finances [or the taxman], as well as a friend of the Marquise de Pompadour, who got him his job. The newspapers cut him down so hard and so well that the term "Silhouette" came to mean a man reduced to his simplest form.

   
How should I clean my old books?

Mildew

If you find mildew on old books, spray a cloth with disinfectant and wipe lightly across book cover. For leather bound books, use a mild shampoo and water.

   
How should I store my old books?

Storing

Storing your rare old books in places that are dark and damp [basements] will cause mildew. Wrap books in acid free paper before storing, preferably on closet shelves.

   
How do I prevent leather bound books from drying out?

Leather Books

To prevent leather bound books from drying out, use petroleum jelly every few years.

   
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