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Jessica Leigh Hester

Staff Writer — Atlas Obscura
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Some rare books experts can appraise a volume in less than 30 seconds. I spent a few hours at a rapid-fire appraisal blitz, and here's what I learned: 
Museum conservators are stumped by plastic, writes @elliepses: "Little is known about how plastics degrade, let alone how to stop it." 
@elliepses Love this! Plastics came up a lot in a conversation I had with a shoe conservator earlier this winter. I hadn't realized how many synthetics are in...everything!
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