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EDUCATION: SMART RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS

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October 13, 1997

Paper as we know it today is made by pretty much the same process as when a Chinese court official invented it in 105 A.D.

The official, named Ts'ai Lun, probably mashed up bark, hemp and rags with water, then pressed the water out and hung up the sheet of paper to dry like laundry.

Now, massive machines do the mixing, mashing, pressing and drying. But like Ts'ai Lun, you can make paper at home without machines, using facial tissues, a piece of screen and some other simple household items.

A free pamphlet put out by paper manufacturers tells you how, in simple, step-by-step directions with pictures.

To get your pamphlet, write to the American Paper Institute Inc., 260 Madison Ave., New York, N.Y. 10016.

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