Thursday, July 20, 2006

Maine mills used mummy wrappings to create paper

"Researcher S.J. Wolfe, senior archivist for the American Antiquarian Society, said in the early 1850s adventurer and chemist Isaiah Deck suggested a bizarre solution to the lack of rags then used as a key ingredient to make paper. . . . Wolfe, who noted animals were also mummified in Egypt, said Deck estimated the United States' needs for cloth for paper-making could be met for 14 years by using the wrappings from millions of mummies. Stranger still, mills actually did so, including some right in Gardiner, between 1860 and 1900."
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