Your Image Doesn’t Match Your Image, or Random Thoughts We Have While Browsing Catalogues

Today we wouldn’t let a smoker’s unwashed fingers near archival collections, much less those fingers AND a lit cigarette. So it makes perfect sense that Hollinger Metal Edge (the “Quality Leader In Archival Products”) chose this picture of their founder William Hollinger:

I only use acid-free rolling papers.

Based solely on their visuals, one would have to question their position as “quality leader.” We would think another picture might be better, but perhaps it’s the only image they have of him. Perhaps those aren’t archivally sensitive materials on the desk. Perhaps he thought nicotine was a preservative.

Despite the contrasts, the company will probably stick with this picture. They can’t snap a new one because Hollinger is dead. Dead and buried in a lignin-free coffin.

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About T.H. Gray

T.H. Gray is the self-appointed court jester and Dr. Demento for the history museum field. A lifelong museum professional and reenactor, he is a graduate of the prestigious Peale-Barnum Public History Museum Studies Program. Until 2011, when the AHS hired him away, he was on staff at the Benjamin Dover Memorial Museum & Swimming Pool ("Our History is All Wet!"). He remembers when museums were still about history, science, and art. BTW, all of these posts say they are by T.H. Gray because he can't turn off the byline. Credit, when due, is given. View all posts by T.H. Gray

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