Here is a trio of French papers sure to be conversation starters! The travel insurance, dated April 21, 1892, is a work of art with its beautiful calligraphy. Some lucky souls were headed to St. Kitts, Antigua, Martinique and Marie-Galante. It measures about 9.75 by 7 inches. The bulletin from the ministry of the interior is dated Nov. 17, 1859. I have tried to capture the warm, aged look of this document: the cream outside borders and the text blocks with the light brown background. Note that this document is 8 pages counting front and back; two loose pages folded but not stapled together. The front page/cover 7.25 by 10.5 inches. The Bulletin des Lois, official laws and decrees from the government, is dated Nov. 1, 1825. Printed on one huge sheet of wondrously fibrous paper, it has been folded three times to form a booklet measuring about 5.75 by 8.75 inches. The right edges show considerable rolling/wear. I can imagine this tucked into a book, sticking out just enough to keep the bulk of it well protected for almost two centuries, except for those edges bulging out. Overall, for their age, these papers are remarkably preserved: clean and odor free. The papers are a warm, creamy, off-white color.
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