At The Crowley Company, we’re seeing an increased number of requests for services regarding aging microfilm collections. The requests range from inventory assessment to digitization to image hosting. This uptick in requests – a trend, in my opinion – brings with it the need to understand the history of microfilm and how and why today’s collections may be in peril. A brief history of microfilm The earliest recorded discovery and exhibition of microphotography occurred in 1839 in a private Manchester, England lab. John Benjamin Dancer, a twenty year-old instrument maker and optician, installed a microscope lens onto a camera and succeeded in creating a microphotograph onto a daguerreotype (silver coated copper) plate at a reduction ratio of 160:1. Dancer’s microphotographs…
Spitfires, Lancasters and an aperture card scanner…not names you would normally expect to hear in the same phrase but there is a reason they’re linked in this case study. A recent inquiry from a client to Wicks & Wilson reseller Genus led to the installation of a C-Drive X aperture card scanner at The Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (RAFBBMF) in Lincolnshire, UK.
Boston Symphony Orchestra Uses Leading-Edge UScan+ Technology to Increase Access to Previously Inaccessible Content
The Boston Symphony Orchestra Archives staff sought to increase access to their microform content and provide a wider array of options for exporting images. The BSO team ultimately selected the UScan+ Universal Film Scanner from Wicks and Wilson to handle the archive access.
Genus (a Wicks and Wilson reseller) is delighted to report on a successful project recently undertaken by the UK Border Agency at its Landing Card Unit (LCU), based in Croydon. Involving production digitisation hardware from both document capture and micrographic sectors, the project has seen a dramatic improvement in the operational efficiency of the unit.
A retired manufacturing engineer, Tom Tryniski devotes his time to digitizing historical newspaper from microfilm using a Wicks and Wilson Scanstation production-level microfilm scanner. This may be a one-man operation, but in the past 15 years, he has scanned an astonishing 26 million+ pages of newspaper. He hosts the images to his website, Old Fulton New York Post Cards.
A leading U.S. food producer recently purchased a UScan microform scanner, designed by The Crowley Company’s Wicks and Wilson division, to help retrieve and archive key engineering drawings. These documents, some decades old, were created to build and maintain custom-designed processing equipment that is still in use today.