Updated: Feb 23
Document Reprocessors helped bring a part of history back to life.
This is a picture of a baggage tag from the Titanic that went down in 1912. Officially referred to as RMS Titanic, the British Liner was under the White Star Line operation. The maiden voyage was set from Southampton to New York with over 2,000 people on-board. But on the fateful day of April 15, 1912, the luxury ship hit an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean and inevitably went down.
James Ballard, renowned oceanographer, located the wreck of the Titanic in 1985, 73 years after it sank off Nova Scotia in 14,000 feet of water.
A Russian submersible retrieved belongings including a passenger suitcase. That suitcase became the property of the University of East Michigan, who delivered it in a frozen condition to DOCUMENT REPROCESSORS- New York office for cryogenic vacuum freeze drying.
The University was elated at the prospect that the DOCUMENT REPROCESSORS techniques could salvage
this material, and return it to useful condition, just as the firm has done since 1979 when engineer-
owner, Eric G Lundquist developed the vacuum freeze drying for books and documents.
All contents were successfully vacuum freeze dried, including luggage tags, postcards, letters and
personal items including a man’s monogrammed handkerchief.
Being underwater for73 years had no detrimental effect on these items which now are part of the Titanic collection known worldwide.
Vacuum freeze drying technology, and their patented “Thermaline” drying process for books has been
used successfully of millions of documents and documents, and books. The company also salvages
micrographic and magnetic media, plus provides full reproduction, scanning and indexing for all formats.
You’re probably aware that there was a film about it that further propelled the incident into people’s consciousness. This also piqued the interest of collectors and historians especially when it comes to the artifacts inside the over-800 feet long ship.
Document Reprocessors can help bring this piece of history back to its former glory. It might seem like a simple tag to most people. But this small baggage tag carries over a hundred year’s worth of history packed in a small piece of paper.
Document Reprocessors is considered the industry leader in restoring water-damaged paper using our Thermaline® technology. The heart of the process is our vacuum freeze-drying process. This not only restores paper but prevents them from warping and distorting. All while water is removed from the material. This helps you save money from rebinding and gives you the chance to quickly put the material up for display or back on the shelves for use.
Document Reprocessors have been in the industry for some time and is affiliated with the Association of Record Managers as well as the Association of Cleaning and Restoration Specialists. Our company works with a tried and tested 3-pronged approach for jobs. Pack out is where we ensure we retrieve your materials and index them as fast as possible to prevent further deterioration. Recovery is where we use industry-leading technology to bring your materials back to life. The third is Relocation where we ship your materials back to you or to a new site.
In all these, we also offer an unmatched 24-hour consultation as well as customer assistance for clients. This gives you peace of mind knowing we will always be on the other end of the line to pick up and attend to your concerns.
This baggage tag from the RMS Titanic is just one of the materials we can restore back to its former glory at Document Reprocessors. We can bring you back that piece of history that otherwise would have been lost in time. Call us now at 1-585-453-2077 to find out more about our various services to help you restore and reprocess your documents.
Vacuum freeze drying technology, and their patented “Thermaline” drying process for books has been used successfully of millions of documents and documents, and books.
We also also restore micrographic and magnetic media, plus provides full reproduction, scanning and indexing for all formats.
The wreckage has been designated a World Landmark; further salvage is prohibited.
“If It’s Wet, We’ll Dry It”