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The history of ink

PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2017 2:46 pm
by Helen-Healing
While watching a BBC4 programme the other day, I discovered this amazing fact.

Hundreds of years ago, some bright spark thought of crushing dried oak apples (oak galls) into powder & adding water & a (probably) rusty nail. The result was...ink! It was used in Roman times and from the Middle Ages to the early twentieth century, oak gall ink was the main medium used for writing in the Western world including the Magna Carta!

Now, oak galls are made by a small wasp boring into the acorn & laying its eggs in it, which forms the gall; when the eggs hatch out, the oak apple then dries out.

I think this underlines the idea that absolutely everything in the universe is connected!! 8)