What to do with Romanian Passports #romania


Emily Rosenberg
 

For right now it would help if you never touched the passport with your bare hands because the subtle oils in our skin gradually deteriorate the paper. If you are not doing conservation right away please make sure there is no plastic touching it (that's how we "saved" things 30 years ago) and that you don't continue to handle it . Move it one last time to a place where it can lay flat, hopefully with plain white tissue paper loosely wrapped around it. If you want to invest only a little money in it now you can buy an archival sleeve at one of these places like Gaylords. https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=archival+sleeve It will end up costing $25 for your size plus shipping. Or you could leave it folded and pay less for the sleeve but just as much for shipping. The key is to not fiddle with it.  Ouch for the sleeve price but you have a priceless object.
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Emily Rosenberg
Oakland, California

KESNER in Amsterdam, London, Chicago
STODEL in Amsterdam, London, USA
KAWIN in Suwalki and Poland
RUBINSKY in Suwalki and Poland


Barbara Freedman
 

I used the Northeast Document Conservation Center with excellent results:

https://www.nedcc.org/

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Barbara Cohen Freedman
Raleigh North Carolina
CAPLAN YASKIN ABELOVE from ROGACHEV ZHLOBIN BELARUS
SCHWARTZ from BUCAREST ROMANIA
COHEN from RUSSIA
PHILADELPHIA


annearmel@...
 

Make sure you have the document conserved, not restored. There is a difference. If you care about maintaining original worn look, then you need conservation, which also helps monetary value. Restoration, which tries to make an item look clean and new, usually lowers the monetary value of a piece. If you want to donate, ask the place what they want--my guess is they want it to be as original as possible. Look for a company that has expertise in paper. There is an association that you could google for places in your area and also learn about credentials. The cost for conservation (I don't know about restoration) is usually hourly. My example: About 20 years ago, I used The Conservation Center in Chicago to conserve a crayon drawing that was 8-1/2 x 11 inches and had a tear. The artist had drawn it in his early "starving" years on cheap paper, which contains naturally destructive acid.  To have the acid removed and rice paper used behind the damaged torn area, I spent about $200 at that time. Passport paper is unique, but someone could conserve it.
Anne Lobel Armel
annearmel@...
LOBEL, RUDISH, HERSCOVITCH, COLLE, SCHECTER


Isabel Cymerman
 

First have the document conserved by a paper conservator. Then check such organizations as Center for Jewish History, etc.
 
Isabel Cymerman
Southbury