These columns are free to all. It is only required that (i) questions dealing with different topics be written on separate sheet of paper with the writer's name and address on the back of each, and that (2) stamps accompany all pictures, drawings, prints, etc, to be returned. All correspondence should be addressed to the Editor of Arts and Crafts, 37 38, Strand. London.

F. T. - Thank you for your kind offer, but the panel would be of no use to the magazine.

Accepted: - " Sea-gull "; " Subscriber " (Taunton); "Art Master," Birmingham; S. B.

Unavailable: - " Student," "Black and White," J. F., "Country Parson," T. J. P.," Alma."

How to Clean Old Prints.


(1) Presuming that the injuries to your bookplates are due to age and damp, you should proceed as follows: - Place upon a flat surface a sheet of white paper somewhat larger than the print to be cleaned. Carefully dampen the print on both sides with a soft sponge, and then saturate it with a mixture of chloride of lime and oxalic acid dissolved, in about equal proportions, in a pint of cold water. You can tell when the mixture is right, by its turning magenta colour. Continue to apply it until every stain or spot has disappeared, and then with a clean sponge wash the print freely with cold water. (2) Follow the same directions for the " old engravings." If you are not handy in such matters, however, we advise you to leave the renovation to professional hands. You might write to E. Parsons & Sons, 45, Brompton Road, S.W., for an estimate.

(Correspondence continued over page. Answers to several inquiries are unavoidably left over until our next issue.)

The National Art Competition.