Paper was precious and expensive in the mid 19th century, when many of our herbarium specimens were collected and pressed. Some collectors re-used newspaper or letters as mounting paper for their pressed flowers.
We always keep a sheet of vintage newspaper once the plant specimen has been remounted onto new acid-free paper. Above are some of the delightful examples of adverts, stories, and articles we have discovered while working on the collection here at the Manchester Museum.
There are many more, for a future blog post.