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Subject: Yellow Page Edges
Date Posted: 3/14/2010 3:21 PM ET
Member Since: 12/16/2009
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I bought this book used and the edges are yellowed.  I don't know if it's a stain from liquid, or sunlight or what.  Is it postable?

Date Posted: 3/14/2010 3:38 PM ET
Member Since: 12/31/2009
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I trade a lot of old paperbacks. It's common for the pages to discolor over time. 

If it's a liquid stain, there should be other damage along with the staining, like warped pages, uneven yellowing, water marks, etc.

If it's just normal age-yellowing, it's postable. Water damage would be a no.

Date Posted: 3/14/2010 4:25 PM ET
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Water damage usually changes the texture.  Yellowing due to sun and the aging of the paper acids would not change the paper texture.

Date Posted: 3/14/2010 4:25 PM ET
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They also used to dye the edges of paperbacks in yellow, or blue, or green. It could be that and if so, it is not a concern.

Date Posted: 3/14/2010 4:54 PM ET
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Thanks to all of you.  That helps a lot.