Re: Microfilm Research
I knew you were sleuthing, I read what you were doing months ago, but it
didn't click as to how involved it was, or how fascinating it could be. I
kinda imagine it can be exhausting as well, from eye strain and perhaps a bit
of carpal tunnel effort with the treasures you glean. Does the Microfilm
reader allow you to hook up to the computer and copy and paste these pearls
of the past, or must you transcribe each letter manually? These Microfilms
that you are looking at, are they something that have been duplicated just
for your request, or are there just a few of each of the Honolulu Star
Bulletin films in existence in the Libraries of Congress? God forbid there
would be just one!
I applaud your tenacious quest. The treasure you're finding will go far in
the world toward remembering this man we've all chosen (been chosen by) to
venerate and to perpetuate the memory and appreciation for his unique
You Go Like Gangbusters Girl!
Thanks...... Shad, O' the ever inquisitive mind
- Shad O' ...
Yes, eye strain is a problem; that's why I limit myself to no more
tha 3 hours at a time. Some of the microfilm is not sharp black and
white, more like blotchy, muddy gray.
The film reader is hooked up to a printer, and I get photocopies. If
possible, I enlarge the material so I can later transcribe it more
easily. That means more copies for longer articles, but the
readability is more important than the extra 15 or 30 cents.
While I was in Kansas City (actually 20 miles southeast of there), I
found an Office Depot and bought two more binders and some index
tabs. I've lost count of the number of pages and binders I've
accumulated just for Blanding material. Once I get the stacks of
photocopies into better order, I'll continue indexing them in a
If you'd like to help locate Blanding-related material in Florida
newspapers, that would be great. Keith has already done Fort Pierce
in the early 1940s, but I'm sure there are book reviews and such in
other papers available on film at your local library.
Then there's always the Honolulu Advertiser -- which I haven't even
touched yet. Or almost any newspaper in the U.S. -- wherever
Blanding traveled for lectures and book signings.