National Treasure

There are some cool pics on the Web of that rare copy of the Declaration of Independence that Tom Lingenfelter found at a Bucks County flea market, which is the subject of today's metro column.

They show the conservation work being done on the document, which dates to 1846 and may have been made by an obscure method of wet transfer that degrades the original.

Is this why the original is barely legible?

Maybe, yes. Maybe, no.