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From The Lab: Stabilizing A Tattoo Sketchbook
December 21, 2016

This post was written by Saira Haqqi, Enhanced Conservation Work Experience (ECWE) Assistant. Our upcoming exhibition, Tattooed New York, will feature this delightful sketchbook containing tattoo designs by an unknown artist. Before it could be exhibited, the book needed some conservation treatment. When it came to the lab it showed signs of extensive use: the covers…

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Edison and the tattoo
September 9, 2011

Thomas Edison is best known his most influential inventions, but even among his lesser accomplishments we can find a success story — of sorts.  Diagram of Edison’s Electric Pen. Lefferts Family Papers, MS 379 Even though it is believed to be the first American electric motor powered device, the electric pen is certainly not the…

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