3 Replies Latest reply on Jan 9, 2019 10:45 PM by suzanne piecuch

    Transcribing full-page newspapers

    Julianne Mangin Adventurer

      I transcribed a couple of full-page newspapers.  The images that are on the CROWD site were too small and blurry to read, so I went to the loc.gov site and downloaded the TIFFs.  Using Photoshop Elements, I adjusted the contrast and resized them so that I could easily read the text.  Now I'm waiting to see these get reviewed.  I wonder if all reviewers know that they can do this, or if there is some way to make my readable images available to them.

       

      I avoided transcribing newspapers because they looked daunting.  Other people were doing them, and I thought I should feel their pain.  I have mixed feelings about doing it again because of the strain on my hands.  On the plus side, reading printed text is a lot easier than deciphering peoples' handwriting!

        • Re: Transcribing full-page newspapers
          Victoria Van Hyning Scout

          Hi again Julianne,

           

          I hope your hands aren't in any pain! Cease and desist if they are.

           

          If all's well though, I think the best thing you can do to help other people review the blurry newspaper pages is exactly what you've done--sharing about your process here. It's helpful for people to be reminded they can go look at larger images on the loc.gov site.

           

          Thanks for all your hard work, and take care of yourself!

           

          -Victoria

          • Re: Transcribing full-page newspapers
            suzanne piecuch Adventurer

            Julianne,

             

            Thanks for the download tip!

             

            I hadn't noticed that feature before, and the image adjustment is a great idea! If one doesn't have Photoshop, GIMP is a free downloadable program that has much of the manipulative power of Photoshop.

             

            Yeah, those newspaper scans can be daunting, and I am currently transcribing one that is just one long run-on paragraph on scripture... four verylongcolumns-worth of almost no paragraph breaks! I do it in bits and pieces and throw in some reviews to break up the droning.

             

            Here's a short gem that I copied to my Facebook page to dig up more volunteers (who could resist this??):

             

            Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and

            thy garments like him that treadeth in the

            wine-vat?

             

            [smiley-face]

            Suzanne.

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