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RE: formaldehyde

One of your embalmer friends perhaps ....

-----Original Message-----
From: Christina Z. Anderson [mailto:zphoto@montana.net] 
Sent: Monday, March 30, 2009 11:59 PM
To: alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca
Subject: Re: formaldehyde

I just got a bunch from a guy in Colorado....
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Judy Seigel" <jseigel@panix.com>
To: <alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca>
Sent: Monday, March 30, 2009 10:53 PM
Subject: RE: formaldehyde

> On Mon, 30 Mar 2009, Don Bryant wrote:
>> Judy,
>> FWIW, I was able to purchase a 1 liter bottle of Formalin (37%) from my
>> local pharmacist. As I was visiting there one day getting a prescription
>> filled I spied the bottle sitting on a back shelf. I asked if they would
>> sell it to me and they did so without hesitation. The pharmacy attendant
>> explained that it had been ordered in error and is normally a non stock 
>> item
>> but they could get more if I wished. Less than $15 a few years ago as I
>> recall.
> It used to be as easily bought as, say, rubbing alcohol, but then they 
> so-to-speak cracked down on it. But we heard (for instance) about 
> formaldehyde disappearing from supply closets in hospitals -- and, as 
> noted, the rumor developed that it was used to make some kind of 
> controlled substance. I could get it by prescription, which I did (and at 
> the time a smallish bottle was $12), but it was a large pain generally, 
> especially dragging everything outside, and the glyoxal (available by mail

> order) worked as well & usable right in the studio, so I got out of the 
> habit.
> It seems however that Europe is more liberal in this respect than the 
> US -- maybe they have fewer criminals?  (Or less uptight gov't, having 
> sent their puritans over here circa 1797).
> J.
>> But as you say a very noxious product best used outside in warm weather.
>> Don Bryant

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