When I was a little girl, my parents and I would often visit our hometown near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, during the summer. I remember how, at the conclusion of our visit, my mom would scatter mothballs all over the couches and beds in the house to keep the mold and moth larvae at bay until our next visit.
I remember being glad to leave because the smell of the mothballs was unbearable. Don’t get me wrong, I was all for coming back to intact furniture, but I was also relieved that I didn’t have to live with the strong stench when I returned to Virginia.
This was my unpleasant sensory image of mothballs and mothballing. So when I came across the term “mothball” in a preservation context, I was pleasantly surprised.... Read More →
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