Saturday, September 10, 2016

Yet another complete Big Blue Volume One. But this one comes with pictures!

Another collector, Bud, has fulfilled the daunting challenge of completing a Scott International Volume One. Jim Jackson posted the news in a "reply" to one of my original blog entries, but I want to make certain this gets the attention it deserves.

From Jim:
I am pleased to announce that Bud is posting scans and comments about his completed Big Blue (Scott International Part I 1840-1940 Album) on my blog.

Yes, all 34,700 stamp spaces are filled!

And all of Bud's Big Blue's filled pages will be scanned and shown!

It is expected that 3-8 country scans from Bud's BB will be posted every month.

This will be the first time that every page from a complete Big Blue has been scanned and published on the Internet. Moreover, Bud has been very kind to several of us over the past several years by sharing his experiences with completing the Big Blue and it is great that he is making this information public. I've been particularly curious about what Bud will do next. I'm not certain what I would do if my Big Blue was complete, so Bud's thoughts are especially interesting:
Although every space in my BB is filled, the activity of collecting goes on. Preening, that is replacing stamps lower in my preference list with stamps higher up, will continue indefinitely. Supplement pages will, no doubt, mushroom.


Jim said...

Bob - Thanks for the announcement and kind comments.

Bud is doing the majority of work, with the scanning of the his album, and his pithy observations.

One issue that has already been raised is that the whole page scan image within the browser window, even when clicked and expanded, might not be large enough for some purposes.

Unfortunately, within the confines of the options that are available to me, I don't think I can present the page any larger without compromising the aesthetics of the page, or risk it not working in all browsers.

However, there is a solution. One can always download the page scan image and examine it in the original (300dpi) size.

Jim said...

...a follow-up to the earlier comment by me.

Well, after some thinking on this, a solution presented itself!

After a full page scan, there will be horizontal strip scans of the same page that are only two-three stamp rows high.

This takes advantage of lightbox/gallery viewer's full capacity to enlarge the stamps in most pleasing detail.

As the pages of Bud's Big Blue were originally scanned @ 300 dpi, the stamps show good resolution.

Bud deserves to have his stamps viewed well, and I think WW collectors will be pleased with the presentation.

Bob said...

Jim, can't wait!