I was in Washington DC last week and was able to purchase a piece of the
authentic stuff from the National Archives but it is expensive: a 3 inch piece
(circa 1865) costs $5.00. Red tape or twine was used to bind Civil War medical
records. Thus the term, "cutting through the red tape". to get to a disabled
veterans records when applying for a military pension.
Kenneth Tarlow wrote:
> I was reading the other day in the Newspaper that 'Red tape holds up
> bridges'. They were talking about retrofitting highway bridges. I wonder
> if any one knows where I can get this red tape., and does it have any other
> applications besides bridges.
> Ken Tarlow