A while back we purchased an 1886 “Bird’s Eye View” of Middlebury from a local antique shop. The colorized reprints of this image from the 1990s are pretty common, but the original print is quite rare. Unfortunately the print was torn and stained, so we sent it off to conservator MJ Davis, who did a beautiful job of mending and washing it. Yes, that’s right, if you know what you’re doing, it’s possible to wash paper! Below see the “before and after”.
The funds for the purchase and conservation of the piece were provided by the Friends of the Middlebury College Library. Thanks to all those who contribute to this worthy cause!