Meet Jack and Taff Fitterer, the wizards of book restoration

Back in August, with fingers crossed and the maximum amount of insurance the U.S. Postal Service offers, I shipped my beloved but battered first edition of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" to the Adirondacks and the workshop of Jack and Taff Fitterer, admired book restorers.

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