19th Century as a "white-flour-paste" world ?

Discussion in 'English Only' started by adyoo, Jun 18, 2015.

  1. adyoo New Member

    France, français
    I'm looking at a texte describing how people started doing paper weaving. The text says it all started "
    in the prestapler, pre–paper clip, white-flour-paste world of the nineteenth century."
    Can someone explain what this "white flour paste" would have been in the 19th century and how it relates to the need for paper weaving ?
    Thanks for your help !
  2. entangledbank

    entangledbank Senior Member

    English - South-East England
    Paste is weak glue, and the simplest way of making paste that will hold paper together is with flour and water. I'm not sure what 'white' adds to this. Most flour is white, isn't it?
  3. Juhasz Senior Member

    English - United States
    Flour paste can be used as an adhesive (like staples and paperclips) and is the adhesive traditionally used in making papier-mâché. I don't know what this has to do with paper making.
  4. adyoo New Member

    France, français
    OK, I see. Thank you so much for these explainations. Basically, the text says that, at a time when there were no paper clips, no staplers and when people were used to joining papers together with "white flour paste", paper cuting and weaving was another common method to join papers together.

    Now I understand !

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