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Thread: Old Paper

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    According to Richard Benson, Kodak Illustrators' Special was Paul Strand's favorite paper. He toned it always with Nelson Gold Toner, which has a very similar action as Selenium, but not quite! The he used to varnish (!) his prints...

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    There was an eBay seller not too long ago selling a lot of old Defender. I bought a number of packages from in various grades...some Apex, Velour, and Warmtone DS. None of the bad packages had base fox but those old paper envelopes crack...they instantly turned black in developer. All except for one, that is. Velour T-3. Prints BEAUTIFULLY with hardly any fog in plain old Dektol. So I concluded that shelf-life was not the issue, at least not with me.

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    It would be interesting to know which paper Richard Benson would use if he had to print Paul Strand's negatives today: the late Forte PW17, the Fomatone MG 132, both semi-matte and ivory based?

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    Just marking the Defender 58-D formula for future reference.
    John Bowen

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    Bump for a friend
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