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Really missing France and its delicacies. But mostly I just worked out and the devil inside me is craving something from a patisserie. I’ll just stare at this instead. View Larger

Really missing France and its delicacies. But mostly I just worked out and the devil inside me is craving something from a patisserie. I’ll just stare at this instead.


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"Absorbent and yellow* and porous is he…"

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The Wonder Sponge: And We are Not Talking about SpongeBob SquarePants

A popular tool in our St. Louis Paper Lab for cleaning mold from records is our foamed natural rubber sponge erasers. Every work station has a pile of them! These soft erasers do wonders in cleaning mold from the paper’s surface. The erasers come in “brick” sizes and are easily trimmed down into smaller pieces which are held more easily in your hand. But an important word of caution! Although softer than hard erasers these can still be abrasive, and can cause damage if used on paper surfaces that are soft and friable due to more extensive damage.

(*Ok, so the Wonder Sponge is really more off-white than yellow.)

I love Spongebob, but this is also really cool!


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Elias Howe, b. July 9 1819, patented the first practical sewing machine in 1846. Though he wasn’t the first to have the idea, his “lock stitch” machine was the first to be mass produced. Unfortunately, Howe’s machine didn’t sell very well, and it wasn’t until a guy named Singer (and another named Wilson) infringed on his patent and improved upon his design that the sewing machine really caught on.

Images above from a 1867 Howe step-feed sewing machine catalog.
We have plenty more sewing machine catalogs in our trade literature collection.

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I will never not find this funny. Also, it reminds me of the time I met Pat Robertson and he was a sexist butthead who wouldn’t talk to me (when I was assigned by my school to greet him) because I was a girl. Lifelong aversion of televangelists, engaged.