Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Teeny Tiny Photos!
I do - sort of. I was in high school in the Eighties and even then we weren't using it as a resource. I know I didn't learn how to use the machine, but I also wasn't in the A/V Club or on the yearbook staff. I'm sure they learned.
Believe it or not, our newspaper is being processed on microfiche to this day. Part of my job when I worked there was to load up three months' worth of papers at a time and send them to the processor, who would shrink the pages down to .25% of its original size. It still is really useful, especially when doing a genealogy project - even on the Internet most papers make you pay to see articles older than a week and most don't have the REALLY old papers in their archives.
Plus, there is something so cool about seeing these teeny, tiny pages! I love the detail that you can still make out, even at this tiny size (and sometimes in the negative). The fiche to the right is probably from a men's magazine or car-related, judging by the ads. The microfiche that I'm showing here is relatively new - only about 20 years old. I'd love to get my hands on the really old stuff! Hmm....I wonder if our library has any for sale..... :D
And of course, I think it looks great in artwork! I haven't done much with it (yet), but I'd love to do a 3-D piece with it somehow. Oh, the possibilities....