For fun, let’s include everyone in on a little project of mine. Unlike Archive Team, I’m not actively seeking help on it for the moment, just doing some initial work and including you in on it.
As part of my mission/life/hobby, I find myself often being sent collections of magazines, catalogs, and other paper that folks want to get rid of but know has some historical value and are not into just throwing it out. I’ve now had several cases of someone announcing in a location that they want to get rid of said paper and others specifically suggesting the person send it to me. That’s a nice feeling.
A few dozen Commodore magazines recently showed up, and a few dozen Mac/Apple II magazines showed up a month or two ago. I bag them, bin them in transparent bins, and store them. When I am doing research or otherwise trying to find something, I pull out the bin and either scan the material or just take notes. A lot of my work these days involves just using my own personal massive library of computer history to track down facts or citations. This is awesome if you’re Jason Scott and you live in my house, but not so awesome if you’re out there, somewhere, wishing you had a copy of an old Epyx ad or wanting a solid picture of a Wico Joystick scanned at 800dpi.
My collection is in the hundreds of magazines and catalogs now. I have stuff from the 1950s, up through last week. I sometimes surprise myself with what I have, like when I found I apparently own a massive run of very old Popular Electronics magazines. Not sure how that happened, to be honest. But I have them. Nice little guys, they are.
I’m nothing if not infected with this weird generous streak that seems at odds with the general impression of my abrasive, in-your-face personality (at least in some quarters), so I feel like it’s a really bad situation that I have this decades-in-making library here in my home and someone out there, somewhere, is desperately in need of information or a scan of an image that I have sitting in a bin in my archives.
Is this not the sadness of all librarians?Â All the true ones, anyway.
So I have begun a rudimentary cataloging of my collection. And the catalog will go here:
It looks pretty simple. That’s right.Â It looks kind of unhelpful. Bet it does. Right now it’s of no use to anyone, possibly even to the creator. That is very likely the case.
Over time, when I have the slack to do so, I will be improving this site, adding to the list (as of this writing, this is just what I had in my latest shipment and some stuff sitting in my bedroom) and generally making it of actual, good use. I am well aware it has flaws even now, that I will need more information about the images, and that I should do more to make it easier to pull down the information. No doubt.Â
But what I am doing here is being transparent, showing people how I organically grow a small idea into a project, then into a site, and then into a helpful site.
Check back in a few weeks, a month, a year. I’ll eventually link it from the main site. But enjoy the show.
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