I recently purchased an old box of Oriental Seagull grade 3. I check old paper by running one piece through developer, stop and fix and one piece through fix only. Checking this box using a sheet from the middle of the pack showed a gray tone of around Zone IV. I tried another sheet with the same results. Iíve never seen this amount of fog on blue box Seagull. My own supply and various purchases. Sometimes Iíve seen a very slight gray tone. My 1988 and 1991 paper prints very close to new MGIV. This new package looked like it just came off the store shelf and was properly sealed.
Iím wondering if anyone else has seen this amount of fog in old blue box Seagull? Iíve seen a similar dark gray tone on some old Forte Polygrade I bought but no other paper near that bad. The Polygrade was also in a mint, unopened package. I wonder if somehow the paper was X-rayed in shipping. It was sent from CA to the Midwest via Priority Mail and must have come by air.