Do you have ticket stubs, programs, licenses or calling cards in your family history collection? Of course you do. Well, it doesn’t matter if they were forgotten in the pages of a book or carefully pasted into a scrapbook…they’re all paper ephemera. What the heck is ephemera? The Society of American Archivists’ glossary defines ephemera […]

. You know how sometimes you click on a link and get an error message that says something like: 404 File Not Found? Apelad created a set of illustrations for these kinds of HTTP error messages. You can see all of them in his flickr set. My favorite is the one you see above. It’s […]

..Why Would I Want Vectorization? It allows you to blow up images a lot. We’re talking really big. Banner sized. If you blew up a TIFF or JPEG file that large, it would look like an abstract mosaic. Terrible. Vectorization is the process of converting a raster image to a vector image. Raster images are […]

. Ask yourself this: If a stranger took a peek at your 500 most recent photographs, would they all look the same? Then remind yourself that your great-grandchildren will more than likely be strangers to you. Will they really want to keep all of your photographs? Try a new perspective the next time you’re snapping […]

I don’t know about you, but need a break from all the headaches of digital preservation. Lots of questions and speculation, very few concrete answers. I’ll return to this topic in a while (I promise) but until then, let’s take a break and have a bit of fun, eh? The video above is a delightful […]

Sometimes, you put a question out to the universe and something marvelous comes back. Just last week, I featured DIY Maven‘s neat-o method for antiquing paper using instant coffee. I mused about how cool it would be to dye photographs using coffee. Ersatz sepia. (Read the original post here.) Then I got an email from […]

The Link Roundup. There’s plenty of interesting stuff out there on the intertubes. For this new feature, I will find ’em, rope ’em and serve ’em up to you with little or no commentary. Quick n’ dirty. Ready? Here we go… READ: * Randy Seaver over at Genea Musings gives a wonderful real-world example of […]

Got about 3 minutes to spare? Check out this crazy cool video from seb martel. It’s chock full of beautiful anachronisms. There’s even a steel guitar (be still my heart). P.S. Can anyone out there translate the French for me?

Fussy babies are nothing new. Photographers have always had tricks to calm the wee ones so they can be immortalized via photography. Keep in mind that earlier photographic processes had much longer exposure times. In other words, they required a lot more stillness to avoid a blurry photo. Last month, I showed you a slightly […]

Holy beautiful anachronism, Batman! I just learned you can buy a kit and make your own tintype photographs. It’s called “Tintype Parlor” and here’s the description: An authentic re-creation of the tintype process, a type of “instant” photography that was popular in your great-grandparent’s day. These are authentic dry-plate tintypes, also known as ferrotypes, like […]