Articles from August 2011

Shared Items From Around The Web – August 30, 2011


Storing and Displaying Books

We don’t always think about the long term consequences of how we store and display are collections, here are some things to consider when storing or displaying books.

Books need to be kept somewhere cool and dry. If you live somewhere humid and hot, this will be the thing you spend the most time fighting. You’ll need air conditioning.

Storing books packed too tight against another book can cause it to warp around the other book if its taller. Or it may stick to the other book. Standing it open to display can cause the spine to warp. Standing it up without any support may cause it to tilt sideways.

Handling can also wear the top and bottom of the spine and dustjacket (if it has one) just from it being pulled on and off the shelf or even when it’s jostled. Books with raised lettering will also have it rub off if they’re too tightly packed or if jostled against other books.

We often don’t think of Scouting Paper as rare artifacts, but here is a link on Rare Book Photography, including how to handle old and fragile books or other paper.

On folds:

Folds are dangerous territory. They are the most fragile element of the object and most likely to tear or shatter off, leaving you in an embarrassing situation (Fig. 21). For that reason, exercise extreme caution! Obviously, never fold anything not already folded. Beyond that, only fold or unfold things in the direction they are meant to go
and only as far as designed (e.g. if a book has a flap on its cover, do not fold it back on itself to get it out of the way; look for a workaround, Fig. 22.)

On turning pages:

Turn the page at the outer corner (Fig. 9). This is least likely to cause a tear. The worst choice is turning from the bottom or top of the page near the gutter or spine binding, which can easily cause a tear (Fig. 10). When you turn a page, support the weight of the page with your hand and slowly turn the page over. Do not use only
the corner to support the weight of the turning page. If the paper is brittle, turning incorrectly can break or fracture the pages (Fig. 11).

With Scouting over 100 years old and significant parts of our written history over 50 years old, we need to think of ways to preserve our history for the future and not just to tick off a box on a checklist.

How do you ensure that you collection does not worsen with age or storage conditions?

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Every right that anyone has today is based on the doctrine that government is a creature of limited powers, and that the men constituting it become criminals if they venture to exceed those powers.The Impossible H L. Mencken


Aquehongian Lodge #112 Wooden Neckerchief Slide

Here is another neckerchief slide from the files of the Ten Mile River Scout Museum, while I’m not positive, I believe it is an example of the work of Roland Flora and the Slide Farm.

Aquehongian Lodge #112 Neckerchief Slide

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“The world is a fine place, and worth the fighting for.”

Ernest Hemingway

Table of contents for Neckerchief Slides

  1. Ranachqua Lodge #4 Neckerchief Slide
  2. Ktemaque Lodge #15 Neckerchief Slide
  3. Chappegat Lodge #15 Neckerchief Slide 25th Anniversary
  4. Shu Shu Gah Lodge #24 Neckerchief Slide 45th Anniversary
  5. Shu Shu Gah Lodge #24 Neckerchief Slide
  6. Buckskin Lodge #412 Neckerchief Slide L5
  7. Nacha Nimat Ldoge #86 Neckerchief Slide
  8. Ho De No Sau Nee Lodge #159 Neckerchief Slide
  9. Adirondack Lodge #357 Neckerchief Slide
  10. Kamargo Lodge #294 Neckerchief Slide
  11. Wakanda Lodge #186 Arrowree 1961 Neckerchief Slide
  12. Amo’Chk’ Lodge #339 Flap-Shaped Neckerchief Slide
  13. Buckskin Lodge #412 Neckerchief Slide
  14. Buckskin Lodge #412 Plaster Neckerchief Slide
  15. Thayendanegea Lodge #418 Neckerchief Slide
  16. Shinnecock Lodge #360 Neckerchief Slide
  17. Shu Shu Gah Lodge #24 Eluwak Chapter Bolo Tie
  18. Thay-En-Da-Ne-Gea #418 Metal Neckerchief Slide
  19. Grey Owl Neckerchief Slides
  20. Thay-En-Da-Ne-Gea #418 Area 2-D Conclave Slides
  21. Nischa-Nimat Lodge #181 Neckerchief Slide
  22. Grey Owl Neckerchief Slides – Update
  23. A Look Back – Adirondack Lodge #357 Neckerchief Slide
  24. Ranachqua Lodge #4 Neckerchief Slide – 2
  25. Discovery – Ranachqua Lodge #4 1955 Conclave
  26. Ranachqua Lodge #4 Birchbark Neckerchief Slide
  27. Half Moon Lodge #28 Bolo Slide
  28. What item in your collection means the most to you?
  29. AH Wa Ge Lodge #477 Neal Slide
  30. Area 2-D 1967 Conclave Neckerchief Slide
  31. Discovery – Buckskin Lodge L6
  32. Munsi Lodge #444 Neckerchief Slide
  33. Suanhacky Lodge #49 1958 Neckerchief Slide
  34. Sisilija Lodge #19 Neal Slide
  35. Update – Sislija Lodge #19 Neal Slide
  36. Mide Lodge #15 Hanigus Chapter L1
  37. Early Area 3A Neckerchief Slides
  38. Sisilija Lodge #19 Neal Slide
  39. Sisilija Lodge #19 Neckerchief Slide
  40. Gajuka Lodge #477 Neckerchief slide
  41. Tuscarora Lodge # 284 Neckerchief Slide
  42. Onteroraus Lodge #402 Neckerchief Slide
  43. Kamargo Lodge #294 Slide Farm Neckerchief Slide
  44. Man-A-Hattin Lodge #82 Neckerchief Slide
  45. Another Man-A-Hattin Lodge #82 Neckerchief Slide
  46. Manatoanna Lodge #461 L1 Slide/Bolo
  47. Ranacahqua Lodge #4 Neckerchief Slide #3
  48. Aquehongian Lodge #112 Wooden Neckerchief Slide
  49. Kamargo Lodge #294 Neckerchief Slides
  50. Shu Shu Gah Lodge #24 Totem Slide
  51. Order of the Arrow Neckerchief Slides
  52. Discovery – Mohawk Lodge #267 Neckerchief Slide L1
  53. Man-A-Hattin Lodge #82 1959 Summer Banquet Slide eNS1959
  54. Look Back – Suanhacky Lodge #49 1958 Neckerchief Slide
  55. Discovery – Suanhacky Lodge #49 eL1959

Shared Items From Around The Web – August 28, 2011


Third Annual Empire State Trade-O-Ree

WHEN: October 8th, 2011 9:00 am-3:00 pm (dealer setup at 7:45 am)


Directions: (from NYS Thruway I-90…TOR is less than 1 mile from end of exit ramp): *Take Exit #33 (Verona-Rome-NY Route 365). *Head East on Rt. 365 (Eastbound) towards Rome. *At 2nd light from exit, take left onto Spring St. *At stop sign, make left onto Main St. *Turn right onto Volunteer Ave. *Fire station is at the top of the hill.


Tables: $5.00!!! provides you one 8-foot banquet table for selling/trading your items. Space is limited to 30 tables, so reserve yours today,

In addition to trading, buying, and selling Boy Scout memorabilia collectibles, the following will also be available:
*Scouting Memorabilia Displays and Competition (come and show off your collection!)
*Free Space available for “Trade Only” swapping (after all, this is a TRADE-O-Ree)
*Free Table Space available for Scout Councils and O.A. Lodges to sell Trading Post items
*Nearby Lodging, Restaurants, and Entertainment Only Minutes Away
(details available in Empire State TOR 2011 Flyer)

I’ll be there, and hope to see many of my readers there too.

Hey Ray save me two tables, the check is in the mail!

Man wants liberty to become the man he wants to become. He does so precisely because he does not know what man he will want to become in time.  … James Buchanan


Shared Items From Around The Web – August 27, 2011


Shared Items From Around The Web – August 26, 2011