Age Ilford Multigrade FB?

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  1. Cor

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    Recently I acquired a lot of different boxes photo paper. Amongst them 2 boxes of Ilford Multigrade FB (MFB 1K (double weight)), so no IV or III digit, light green label.

    The paper printed fine, the base colour is bit off-white.

    I was wondering how old it approximately was, I had never seen this kind of Ilford paper before (it was priced before the euro, in dutch guilders, so before 2002)

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    Strangely, I recently came into the possession of a box of this paper. I intend to test it some time this week. Really can't help as to the age of it but my guess is that it'll have lost some speed and contrast by now; which, of course, does not mean it cannot produce beautiful prints.

    Let us know what you think and I'll post my thoughts when I'm done.

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    Dear Cor

    If you give me the batch numbers I can tell you when it was made

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    Hi Simon,

    It's extremely kind of you too look up the age.

    It's Ilford MG FB paper:

    30*40 cm (Cat 542860) Batch 60E22371
    20*25 cm (Cat 542787) Batch 59A25693

    Is MG FB supposed to be version I or II ? I have seen of course version IV (already around for quite some time) and also some rare boxes with version III


    Thank you in advance!

    Best,

    Cor
     
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    Dear Cor,

    Batch 60e is June 2001, previous Batch 60e was March 93
    59a May 2001 59a February 93

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    Thanks alot, Simon!

    So I guess I will have to assume it's 1993 than (judging the boxes and the price tag in guilders FWIW), if that is true the paper is doing really fine for it's age..:wink:

    Appreciate your effort!

    Best,

    Cor
     
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    Dear Cor,

    If its 93 and been stored well it should be OK,, may be a bit slower and have some increased base fog but if it works OK great.....saved a few guilders...sorry.. Euro's !

    Simon ILFORD Photo / HARMAN tcehnology Limited :