Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Paper It's Printed On...

Here is a tidbit about the company that still supplies the paper for all United States banknotes, plus currency paper for 22 other countries.

"Two hundred years ago, Zenas Crane set up the company's first, one-vat mill on the banks of the Housatonic River, across the state from his native Boston, in Dalton Massachusetts.  In doing so, he was following the lead of four generation of Cranes, who have been making paper since the early days of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Zenas Crane's father had sold paper to engraver/silversmith Paul Revere in 1775 for the first true American banknotes to be issued in the colonies."

~ From Paperie: The Art of Writing and Wrappingwith Paper, a fun coffee-table book from folks at Kate's Paperie with Bo Niles.  Even if the book does mention their business more than once, it's lavishly illustrated with pictures and artful photographs and exhaustively research by people whom I don't hesitate to call obsessed, p. 59.

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