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as wood glue, PVAc is known as "white glue" and the yellow as "carpenter's glue".
as paper adhesive during paper packaging conversion
in bookbinding and book arts, due to its flexible strong bond and non-acidic nature (unlike many other polymers). The use of PVAc on the Archimedes Palimpsest during the 20th century greatly hindered the task of disbinding the book and preserving and imaging the pages in the early 21st century, in part because the glue was stronger than the parchment it held together.
^See: (1) Deutsche Reichs Patent no. 281687 (4 July 1913), Journal of the Society of Chemical Industry (London), vol. 34, page 623 (1915); (2) Deutsche Reichs Patent no. 281688 (2 April 1914); (3) British Patent no. 15271 (25 June 1914.); (4) Fritz Klatte and Adolf Rollett, "Plastic composition and process of producing it," U.S. Patent 1,241,738 (filed: July 3, 1914; issued: Oct. 2, 1917), an abstract of which appears in the Journal of the Society of Chemical Industry (London), vol. 36, page 1185 (1917).
^Rutherford John Gettens and George Leslie Stout, Painting Materials: A Short Encyclopaedia (Princeton, New Jersey: D. Van Nostrand, 1942),page 74.