AFAIK "excelsior" (as a packing material) is not paper but is long
slender slivers of wood. It is frequenty used to pack china and glassware.
On Thu, 11 Jan 1996, David Ibbetson wrote:
> At 08:33 PM 1/8/96 +0000, you wrote:
> > I've come a cross a passage in a novel to be translated, describing a
> > batch of hand-adressed envelopes. the sentence "excelsior, 500 count"
> > is included in the line with no explanation.
> >I thought at first it might be one of the old Imperial named sizes of
> >paper, but I can't find any mention of it.
> >Excelsior might be the name of a make of paper, rather than a
> >size. The 500 is presumably just the number of envelopes.
> >Can you give more context?
> I think that, in the example, excelsior is a quality of paper. I've met it
> in stories as a packing material. A precursor of expanded polystyrene macaroni.
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