The Not Very Encouraging News
- My camera is not working reliably
- My little home printer is not working at all
Result: no paper projects to do on this blog until above are fixed or replaced
The Good News
- The scanner part of my printer is working. (I am not saying that it does a wonderful job, but at least it is working)
The “Oh no, what now…” News
Due to building work at home, alot of my things have been in store.
While in store, some things evidently became damp (see foxing on scan of card below)
Foxing (the brown spots) is the result of a type of mould and I have to go through everything and check / air / scan / throw away / make tough decisions about it.
While doing this, I thought that I should make the effort to digitize my paper-based archive. [Archive, in this case = a very grand word for a box of postcards, scraps and other miscellaneous junk.]
However, I have so much to do (in general) at the moment that I cannot – must not – spend more than 1 hour a day sitting in front of my computer.
Despite this, in an unwise(?) but praiseworthy(?) attempt to share what I thought might be useful to other people interested in making miniature things, I created a page called Printables on this blog.
I then came swiftly to the conclusion that:
- My idea of what is “useful” may not be universally “useful”
- I will soon run out of storage space, if I add full size images randomly
- Looking through lots of thumbnail sized images on a computer screen is tedious
Result: a suggestion that is going to end in disappointment for some people.
The suggestion is this:
There should be a comments box on this page and, if you would like to, you can leave a message there letting me know what would be useful to you. Please be as specific as you can, for example magazines is good, but magazines (fashion, 1950s) would be even better.
This would be a great help to me, as I could spend more time scanning and less time uploading (not at all useful) images here.
A couple of things to bear in mind, please:
- My 1 Hour a Day Computer Rule
- There are only 24 hours in a day and I do my best to be asleep for at least 6 of them
Below is the result of one hour’s work. Most of the time was taken up by typing the descriptions and double checking that the right description was with the right card and how they were displayed on screen etc., etc., etc. This means that any scans I upload here are not going to have detailed written descriptions.
And I can’t decide if the following should be called: “cigarette cards“, “lithographic prints” or “possible miniature theatre scenery“, so please don’t be surprised if images are not classified as you think they should be.
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