Thanks for the update. I have found an old ionizer machine (new actually) from my father's stuff that my mom had stored, she gave it to me. I need to get some new ceramic plates to make it work again, can't wait to try it out on books now.
"Buy the Book Before You Buy the Coin" - Aaron R. Feldman - "And read it" - Me 2013! ANA Life Member #3288 in good standing since 1982, EAC Member #6202, NBS Member, 2¢ variety collector.
Quote: Having spent a large part of my youth in public libraries, I find "old book smell" endearing. Not sure if whatever causes the smell is damaging to the books, but I suspect so.
I also like this smell-perhaps for the same reason. Although there are variations to this smell which I like more than others. It is nostalgic for me.
However, I am glad that I found this thread because I have a used Whitman album I purchased because I prefer the older ones/vintage ones if I find them. But the smell in this thing goes beyond "old book" to almost moldy. I started filling it and then I took the coins out because I just couldn't enjoy it.
I am going to use some of these tips and see if I can save it.