[WWI] Old Book - US Official Pictures of the World War

Knut Erik Hagen knut.erik.hagen at eunet.no
Mon Jan 17 19:34:31 EST 2005


I had the same kind of dilema and decided to scan the whole book even if 
the binding would be ruined.   
The individual pages did not suffer much and from scanning and the binding 
would be wrecked anyway if I was to continue browsing the book.
Scanning all of the book meant that I could put it away and refer to the 
scans instead of worrying about what happened to the book.

Most of the books published just after WW1 were done on cheap paper
that yellows easily, so make sure you keep it out of the sun.

Just be aware that it takes a lot of time and efforts to scan a book,
I had to do a bit of experimenting to get it right, the definitely 
best way of doing it was by scanning all pages as grayscale and adjust.

Knut Erik

>I acquired a rather largish book a number of years ago, and am in a
>dilemma as to how to go about saving it, and at the same time having it
>be usable.  It was printed by the United States War Department in 1920,
>and consists of over 320 heavy, glossy pages of photographs of The World
>War.  It is approximately A4 in size, landscape in format, behind a
>heavily embossed front cover.  Most of the pictures are full page with
>captions.  Franklyn Brown, Man of Renown of SMML land, has already been
>the recipient of some scans of 110' Subchasers, but therein lies the
>The front cover and pages are in super shape for their age, but the
>binding is falling apart.  The front cover is only being held on by a
>few shreds of 85-year old paper and fabric.  Flipping it over to scan
>pictures will only finish it off.  Repeated opening of the tome simply
>to gaze at the, to me at least, rare photos, will do the same.
>The questions.  Do I simply go ahead and destroy the binding, gazing and
>scanning to my heart's content, making pictures available to others?  Do
>I have it hermetically sealed in a jar on Funk & Wagnall's porch to
>protect it?  Do I have the binding professionally restored?
>Thank you all in advance for your input.
>Alan Roy Millen
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