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From Rags to Riches at The Crane Museum of Papermaking

July 8, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Crane Museum of PapermakingThe Crane Museum of Papermaking may sound like a real yawner until you learn that Crane & Co not only make the paper for our country’s currency, they’re the only ones to do so since 1879!

As you likely know, United States currency is printed on fabric, not paper made from wood. Recovered rags, to be more precise. Rag paper is a combination of cloth and linen cloth. This resulting blend is stronger, tougher, and feels better than wood-based paper.

You may have also noticed the red and blue fibers in the background of your U.S. bills, along with many other counterfeiting inhibitors. The very nature of rag paper makes it easier to add these kinds of security elements. And Crane & Co are the only ones to have done it for the United States in 140 years and counting.

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