Every time I carefully look at one of Grandma Prince’s incredibly precious scrapbooks – their delicacy and deterioration is painfully apparent. It is almost impossible to flip from page to page without the ancient glue loosening its grip on some random snapshot -as it escapes its decades of confinement and makes a bold motion for the table below. In fact, this glue – a standard bearer of this era of ephemera capture – have taken on the hues and tones of dark varnish – bleeding through anything even remotely porous.
As such, I decided , as a Phase 1 effort – to photo each book as best I could before trying to scan the enclosures in greater detail. Beyond my camera, tripod, lights and stand – my primary equipment was an essential roll of tape. As I moved from page to page, I endeavored to return each image to its proper location, matching markings and themes.
The rendering is hardly perfect – but a reasonably solid recreation of the pages and flow. I uploaded 2 images for each page so that you can double-click to zoom in and see the captions of Grandma Prince and read detail of the clippings. I am still working to fix movement to the very bottom of the page in zoom mode – so bear with me until it is resolved.
In the meantime – enjoy this simple, heartfelt commitment that Grandma extended to each of her children. I can only imagine the time requirements – but certainly a wonderful reflection of the important, and not so important, events of the Prince kids of Brockton.
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