17 December 2012

Digitizing Curios -- A neat window into hard-to-digitize objects!

Unlike photos and books, curios can present a challenge when one wants to digitize and share such with family members (or others) who can’t/won’t come to your house/facility to see them.

I ran into this issue when I inherited thimbles, china and a silk shawl from family in England.  These are items of great sentimental value though of little monetary value.

Brown University library has started a blog called Curio  ...

Curios are valued for their oddness or rarity, and are generally locked away for safekeeping. Digitizing Brown University Library’s unique collections affords Digital Production Services staff contact with curious artifacts on a daily basis, which can present technical challenges for digitization or description. Items featured here are singled out for their unique properties and for the methods used to digitize them.

Just fascinating to read the various posts.  And, helpful to us amateurs who have our own family heirlooms (aka curios) which we would like to share with our extended family, though not necessarily in person!

Do you have any tips for me (I have the shawl, thimbles and china in my possession) or others wanting to digitize their curios?  What was your most challenging one to capture?

Skip -- Lancashire England -- Fountain Family Heirloom

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