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3:48pm on Saturday, 20th December, 2008:

Ripping Wrapping


As I've mentioned before, I collect maps of Europe dated 1869. Here's the latest addition, from Mitchell's New Intermediate Geography:

See that rip there over the Black Sea?

That wasn't there when I bought it.

It arrived in a tube. Inside the tube was the map, wrapped in tissue paper. The tissue paper was held in place by sticky tape that wouldn't come off. I started to tear the tissue paper to gain access to the map within, then discovered to my horror that the tissue paper had been rolled up with the map, not round it. I was tearing the map as well as the paper.

Oh well, it's 139 years old, it's not as if it's brand new...

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