Why books after 1949.
Michelle I have found that books from the world war II era specifically 1939-1947 are some of the first done on recycled paper or simply just cheap paper. When you are just starting out working at altering books it is important to choose books on paper that can take the abuse ....inks, paints,gesso,glues,glazes, etc. You want porous but not too porous or even slick but not too slick. Books prior to 1920 are excellent or books after 1950. I like novels from the 70's-80's with cheesy titles!