Sometimes some really horribly decomposed film turns up at the conservation center.
These pictures are of some extreme cases of vinegar syndrome. The films are from the 1920s, and are a diacetate safety base.
These white crystals are a result of the plasticizer pulling away from the base. We will see if a lab is able to work on them for us – they are also very shrunken. These films are, of course, unique, so we hope to be able to get something off them.
This is the Massachusetts Department of Public Safety seal, OK-ing the film for non-theatrical projection, although these were made to be shown at the local cinema.