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Paper is a thin sheet material produced by mechanically and/or chemically processing cellulose fibres derived from wood, rags, grasses or other vegetable sources in water, draining the water through fine mesh leaving the fibre evenly distributed on the surface, followed by pressing and drying. Although paper was originally made in single sheets by hand, almost all is now made on large machines—some making reels 10 metres wide, running at 2,000 metres per minute and up to 600,000 tonnes a year. It is a versatile material with many uses, including printing, packaging, decorating, writing, cleaning, filter paper, wallpaper, book endpaper, conservation paper, laminated worktops, toilet tissue, currency and security paper and a number of industrial and construction processes.

The papermaking process developed in east Asia, probably China, at least as early as 105 CE, by the Han court eunuch Cai Lun, although the earliest archaeological fragments of paper derive from the 2nd century BCE in China. The modern pulp and paper industry is global, with China leading its production and the United States following.

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Paper, Dick - Age [Blank], Year: 1865 - 14th US Colored Heavy Artillery, Wi-Y AND Misc Cards - United States Colored Troops: Artillery Organizations

Paper, Dick - Age [Blank], Year: 1865 - 14th US Colored Heavy Artiller...

Carded Records Showing Military Service of Soldiers Who Fought in Volunteer Organizations During the American Civil War

It's hard to carry eggs in a paper bag during a cyclone

It's hard to carry eggs in a paper bag during a cyclone

This illustration entitled "It's Hard to Carry Eggs in a Paper Bag During a Cyclone", by cartoonist Clifford Berryman, which appeared in the Washington Post on May 11, 1898, depicts the weakness of the Spanish ... more

Pulp and Paper Mills - Washington

Pulp and Paper Mills - Washington

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Pulp and Paper Mills - Arkansas

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Pulp and Paper Mills - Alaska

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Pulp and Paper Mills - Alaska

Pulp and Paper Mills - Alaska

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Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Maine

Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Maine

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Pulp and Paper Mills - Virginia

Pulp and Paper Mills - Virginia

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Pulp and Paper Mills - Virginia

Pulp and Paper Mills - Virginia

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Pulp and Paper Mills - Oregon

Pulp and Paper Mills - Oregon

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Pulp and Paper Mills - New Hampshire

Pulp and Paper Mills - New Hampshire

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Pulp and Paper Mills - New Hampshire

Pulp and Paper Mills - New Hampshire

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Pulp and Paper Mills - New Hampshire

Pulp and Paper Mills - New Hampshire

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Pulp and Paper Mills - New Hampshire

Pulp and Paper Mills - New Hampshire

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Pulp and Paper Mills - Idaho

Pulp and Paper Mills - Idaho

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Pulp and Paper Mills - Maine

Pulp and Paper Mills - Maine

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Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Wisconsin

Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Wisconsin

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Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Wisconsin

Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Wisconsin

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Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Wisconsin

Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Wisconsin

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Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Washington

Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Washington

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Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Virginia

Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Virginia

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Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Virginia

Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Virginia

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Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Virginia

Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Virginia

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Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Texas

Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Texas

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Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Tennessee

Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Tennessee

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Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Oregon

Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Oregon

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Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Oregon

Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Oregon

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Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Oregon

Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Oregon

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Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - New Hampshire

Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - New Hampshire

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Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Minnesota

Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Minnesota

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Pulp & Paper Mills - Abandoned Pulp/Paper Mill

Pulp & Paper Mills - Abandoned Pulp/Paper Mill

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Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Maine

Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Maine

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Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Arkansas

Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Arkansas

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Pulp and Paper Mills - Virginia

Pulp and Paper Mills - Virginia

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Pulp and Paper Mills - Oregon

Pulp and Paper Mills - Oregon

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Pulp and Paper Mills - Minnesota

Pulp and Paper Mills - Minnesota

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Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Tennessee

Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Tennessee

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Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Virginia

Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Virginia

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Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Oregon

Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Oregon

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Pulp & Paper Mills - Abandoned Pulp/Paper Mill

Pulp & Paper Mills - Abandoned Pulp/Paper Mill

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Pulp & Paper Mills - Abandoned Pulp/Paper Mill

Pulp & Paper Mills - Abandoned Pulp/Paper Mill

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Pulp & Paper Mills - Abandoned Pulp/Paper Mill

Pulp & Paper Mills - Abandoned Pulp/Paper Mill

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Pulp & Paper Mills - Abandoned Pulp/Paper Mill

Pulp & Paper Mills - Abandoned Pulp/Paper Mill

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Pulp & Paper Mills - Abandoned Pulp/Paper Mill

Pulp & Paper Mills - Abandoned Pulp/Paper Mill

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Pulp & Paper Mills - Abandoned Pulp/Paper Mill

Pulp & Paper Mills - Abandoned Pulp/Paper Mill

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Pulp & Paper Mills - Abandoned Pulp/Paper Mill

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Pulp and Paper Mills - Arkansas

Pulp and Paper Mills - Arkansas

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Pulp and Paper Mills - Arkansas

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Pulp and Paper Mills - Georgia

Pulp and Paper Mills - Georgia

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Pulp and Paper Mills - Arkansas

Pulp and Paper Mills - Arkansas

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Pulp & Paper Mills - Abandoned Pulp/Paper Mill

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Pulp & Paper Mills - Abandoned Pulp/Paper Mill

Pulp & Paper Mills - Abandoned Pulp/Paper Mill

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Pulp and Paper Mills - New Hampshire

Pulp and Paper Mills - New Hampshire

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Pulp and Paper Mills - New Hampshire

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Pulp and Paper Mills - New Hampshire

Pulp and Paper Mills - New Hampshire

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Pulp and Paper Mills - New Hampshire

Pulp and Paper Mills - New Hampshire

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Pulp and Paper Mills - New Hampshire

Pulp and Paper Mills - New Hampshire

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Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Virginia

Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Virginia

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Pulp and Paper Mills - New Hampshire

Pulp and Paper Mills - New Hampshire

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Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Wisconsin

Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Wisconsin

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Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Wisconsin

Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Wisconsin

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Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Wisconsin

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Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - New Hampshire

Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - New Hampshire

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Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Minnesota

Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Minnesota

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Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Florida

Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Florida

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Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Maine

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Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Arkansas

Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Arkansas

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Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Arkansas

Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Arkansas

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Pulp and Paper Mills - Wisconsin

Pulp and Paper Mills - Wisconsin

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Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Arkansas

Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Arkansas

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Pulp and Paper Mills - Virginia

Pulp and Paper Mills - Virginia

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Pulp and Paper Mills - Virginia

Pulp and Paper Mills - Virginia

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Pulp and Paper Mills - Virginia

Pulp and Paper Mills - Virginia

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Pulp and Paper Mills - Virginia

Pulp and Paper Mills - Virginia

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Pulp and Paper Mills - Oregon

Pulp and Paper Mills - Oregon

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Pulp & Paper Mills - Abandoned Pulp/Paper Mill

Pulp & Paper Mills - Abandoned Pulp/Paper Mill

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Pulp & Paper Mills - Abandoned Pulp/Paper Mill

Pulp & Paper Mills - Abandoned Pulp/Paper Mill

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Pulp and Paper Mills - Arkansas

Pulp and Paper Mills - Arkansas

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Pulp and Paper Mills - Alaska

Pulp and Paper Mills - Alaska

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Pulp and Paper Mills - New Hampshire

Pulp and Paper Mills - New Hampshire

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Pulp and Paper Mills - New Hampshire

Pulp and Paper Mills - New Hampshire

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Pulp and Paper Mills - New Hampshire

Pulp and Paper Mills - New Hampshire

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Pulp and Paper Mills - New Hampshire

Pulp and Paper Mills - New Hampshire

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Pulp and Paper: Products - All States

Pulp and Paper: Products - All States

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Pulp and Paper: Products - All States

Pulp and Paper: Products - All States

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Pulp and Paper Mills - Louisiana

Pulp and Paper Mills - Louisiana

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Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Wisconsin

Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Wisconsin

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Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Wisconsin

Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Wisconsin

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Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Wisconsin

Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Wisconsin

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Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Virginia

Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Virginia

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Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Virginia

Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Virginia

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Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - New Hampshire

Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - New Hampshire

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Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - New Hampshire

Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - New Hampshire

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Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Maine

Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Maine

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Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Florida

Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Florida

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Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Florida

Pulp and Paper: Pulpwood Yards - Florida

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Pulp and Paper Mills - Wisconsin

Pulp and Paper Mills - Wisconsin

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Pulp and Paper Mills - Oregon

Pulp and Paper Mills - Oregon

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Pulp and Paper Mills - Virginia

Pulp and Paper Mills - Virginia

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Pulp and Paper Mills - Oregon

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