Tuesday Story Strip Day.
This week I decided to get rid of about twenty newspaper books I bought about fifteen years ago when I first started buying stuff n Ebay. Back then there were more postage options, including a mailbag that would everything it could hold for $45. Very cheap, even though it took three months to get here. I got all sorts of these books from may different papers and year, ranging from the early nineteen tens to the fifties. I have been wanting to sell them for a couple of years, because they take up a lot of space, but the rise in postage costs means that they are impossible to sell back to America. The sale price ($40 t0 $80, I guess) could possibly be lower than the postage. So after a lot of deliberation I am going to cut them up and sell different pages separately and (sadly) throw away the rest. Anyway, that led to a discussion with my wife (a librarian) about the historical mistake of American libraries in the seventies to start throwing away these books and putting them on microfiche. It now turns out those books have kept better than the microfiche copies, some of which are fading or scratched because of frequent use.
Still, there is an upside to it. Many of these microfiche photo's are now being scanned and added to various online collections. I have used several of these over the years for this blog. Today's post is mostly filled with scanned microfiche material as well, a large run of Rube Goldberg's Boob McNutt from two time periods - 191 and 1930. In between them I have a couple of self scanned color Sundays from 1924. Actually, I have many more from that period waiting to be scanned, but at least this is a start. Before those, I have a very interesting series of Sunday gags by an artist called Farr about famous figures from history coming back. I labelled those Boob McNutt as well and I can only imagine that they were from the same paper before Boob McNutt began - which would mean the June 9 Sunday I have here is actually the first one.