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>Karen Ackoff wrote:>
>
> >Hi All
> >
> >Recently I saw some older (1940's) drawings done by Grace Eager, a former
> >artist here at the museum. Beautiful drawings! They were done on a coquille
> >board that has a very fine texture to it. The texture is so small that I
> >didn't realize it was coquille board untill I had looked very closely at
> >it. Does anyone know if there is anything like this available today and
> >where can you get it?
> >
> >Cheers
> >
> >John Megahan
> >University of Michigan
> >Museum of Zoology
>
> Is it perhaps something called video board? In which case it is no longer
> made (sorry). But it takes both ink and carbon/graphite dust beautifully.
>
> Karen Ackoff
> Scientific Illustrator
> Smithsonian Institution
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Dear John:

Since the work dated from the 40's it is most likely they were done on
Ross 00 Stipple board,which, as with the Videoboard,is no longer
made.(Ross board hasn't been for almost 30 years. BTW,a lot of the older
work I remember seeing at the U of M Mus.of Zoology was done on either
Ross 00 or Ross scratchboard.)  There also used to be a very,very fine
coquille board that was sometimes used but unfortunately, its no longer
in production either. The Ross 00 board will have a more "velvety" feel
to it than the extra fine coquille board. If you need to know definitely
what surface the drawings were done on, give Jerry Hodge or Margaret
Brudon in Ann Arbor a call and I'm sure they can help you identify it .
They might also steer you onto a suitable paper surface that IS
available to use in your own work.

Good luck,
Jeanne Koelling