The oldest cels we were focused on in 1976 and 1977, when S/R began, were already more than 50 years past their prime. It wasn’t until the 1984 animation art boom that we were beginning to ask the hard conservation questions, but at that time we really had no answers. When I started the Search […]

Animation history

If I hadn’t met June Foray there would have been no Search and Rescue Team project of the animation society. And, if there had been no Search and Rescue Team there would be no S/R Laboratories today. Here’s how it happened. I was the radio/TV/film producer for the American Heart Association from 1976 until three months […]

Animation history

Color is a fascinating and sometimes confounding subject. Colors come from many sources. Some are derived from minerals found in the earth, some from chemical reactions, and some are made using the skeletons of insects. Duplicating a color takes understanding and craftsmanship, and a little help from friends.   ENTER THE COLORIMETER   A colorimeter […]

Animation history

What determines that a work of art is authentic? Oh, go ahead, take a stab at it. Did you say the paint? Good. How about the brush strokes? Or the style? Well, there is something else and you’d never guess what it is. Regardless of its nature, period of manufacture, or maker, there is only […]

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Sooner or later someone, quite often a child, will ask about the mysterious silver button in the museum case. What is it? What does it do? What would happen if you touched it? I admit to having been one of those kids who spent most of my time in the museum fantasizing about the silver […]

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