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Archive for September, 2010

Cornstalk paper

As I was looking through the Santa Fe Railroad Agricultural Department (Amarillo, Texas) records today I found this:

The scanner I used doesn’t capture the color very well: the cover is bright yellow.  The paper is indistinguishable from pulp paper of the era (circa 1928).

My question is: why did they stop?  And what will it take for someone to start making cornstalk paper again?


A little note

This comes from the papers of a local parish priest, probably from the 1920s.

Translation follows.

“Rev Padre:

This is the list of the young ladies who don’t sing and who really like to talk in the choir.”

Too bad we don’t have the informer’s name.

From Mary Taylor papers (in process), copyright NMSU Board of Regents.