Disasters and Recovery

From: Ward Donald Griffiths III <gram_at_cnct.com>
Date: Tue Jan 19 22:08:42 1999

Jim Strickland wrote:
> > Well, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill
> > of Rights originals are made of hemp paper, as were most documents of
> > that era.
> *snip*
> Really? I always thought they were using rag paper at the time. Interesting.

They were. Hemp fiber was one of the main fabric materials then, as
cotton was expensive to process before Eli Whitney and flax didn't
grow well in North America at the time (no, I don't know why) -- wool
then as now was rather expensive, sheep need lots of acreage.
Ward Griffiths <mailto:gram_at_cnct.com> <http://www.cnct.com/home/gram/>
WARNING:  The Attorney General has determined that Alcohol, Tobacco,
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Received on Tue Jan 19 1999 - 22:08:42 GMT

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