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How to deal with glue to reveal letter that is glued shut?

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How to deal with glue to reveal letter that is glued shut?

Posted: 1165912577000
Classification: Query
I wasn't sure where to post this but this forum seems to be the best place.

My son purchased a small album where most of the photos are from the 1920s. They were all glued in. Some have come off but some are still pretty glued in good.

One of the reasons he purchased this album was because there was a note on one page where someone wrote a quote and dated it as October 4, 1881.

Somewhere along the way in the life of this small album, it's clear that a little child got their hands on it and scribbled over certain pages with pencil and an orange colored pencil.

For some reason, whoever it was at the time, decided to glue some of the pages shut instead of making an attempt to erase the pencil markings. My son found out that one set of pages that were glued shut, someone tried to open it up from the bottom right corner. At first glance, he thought it was more crayon mess but he noticed there was a date of October 3, 1881. He opened it up as far as it had been opened and we could read "your friend" and someone's name (part of it obscured by pencil markings).

It looks like the person may have written a letter because there was more writing but he wasn't willing to keep fiddling. His reasoning is that whoever it was that tried to open it had given up because it wouldn't open any more and he wasn't going to cause more damage to a letter that's around 125 years old.

However, we're both very curious! He (and I) desperately want to know if there's some safe way to get the glue to melt or some possible way to let the pages come apart.

The small album looks like the size of a postcard if not a tad bigger and longer. About 80% of the pages are not attached anymore so he can easily hold each page away from the book if he wanted to scan the pictures in.

For the two pages that were glued together (thankfully no photo was glued inside), one side is photoless because the picture came off. The photo on the other side is 100% glued on.

Would anyone have any suggestions on how we can get these two pages to come apart and reveal this letter inside? Would using a blowdryer at a safe distance help?

We have no idea what kind of glue it is nor when it occurred. Judging from the glue spots on where photos have come off, it seems real brittle. Inside the opened corner, the glue spots look of the same type as well.
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