Bill Cotter

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  1. Bill Cotter added a post in a topic: Can you ID this space exhibit?   

    Yes, it's an amateur slide. The shape of the room looks like it could be the Spacearium but I've been unable to find anything that shows the interior. This looks larger than other displays I've seen inside the British exhibit but it could a matter of how close it was taken to a possibly small display. Ah, what mysteries!
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  2. Bill Cotter added a post in a topic: Can you ID this space exhibit?   

    It's hard to say, Wayne. My guess is a projection of some hind but it's awfully sharp for that
     
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  3. Bill Cotter added a post in a topic: Suddenly I want a beer and giant pretzel   

    Yes, those are houses. This was at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. I thought it was an unusual design. It would be interesting to know if it had any post-fair use.
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  4. Bill Cotter added a post in a topic: Can you ID this space exhibit?   

    Can anyone positively ID this photo? The slide wasn't labeled. I have a guess but would appreciate any input if anyone knows for sure. Thanks!

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  6. Bill Cotter added a post in a topic: The US Science Exhibit   

    Some pictures from a fine day in 1962.



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  7. Bill Cotter added a post in a topic: World`s Fair Quarterly Publication   

    It's a great publication. I would buy yours if I didn't have mine!
    FYI there were 13 copies of this post. I will go delete the others. Did you run into a problem posting it or did the board screw up?
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  8. Bill Cotter added a post in a topic: Got any plans for dinner?   

    Amazingly it looks like they used this in a photo opportunity at the Fair!
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Souvenir-Photo-Pretty-Girl-in-Comic-Arcade-New-York-Worlds-Fair-588080-/361349782966?

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  9. Bill Cotter added a post in a topic: The book is done (well, almost)   

    Well, I did it. I just mailed in the rough draft on my new book on the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. The formal due date is two weeks from now but they asked for a draft and it's on the way. All 15,327 words and 160 photos. Perfect timing in a way; I just had to send my trusty Nikon scanner in for service. I think we're both worn out.
    Scanner withdrawal is no fun.
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  10. Bill Cotter added a post in a topic: Day trip to the park   

    If anyone wants to develop an app count me in.
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  11. Bill Cotter added a post in a topic: NYSP from Shorpy.com   

    That's a great shot, probably the bets view yet inside those display cases. These are all new; keep them coming!
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  12. Bill Cotter added a post in a topic: more pics of painting of crown   

    Ned, it's being done by a local union as a training program.
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  13. Bill Cotter added a post in a topic: Day trip to the park   

    They have an app like that for Expo 67. If anyone wants to fund one for NY I know where they can find some pictures for it.
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  14. Bill Cotter added a post in a topic: Upgrade-mania strikes   

    I bet they attacked them in the Coliseum!
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  15. Bill Cotter added a post in a topic: Upgrade-mania strikes   

    When I first started scanning slides many years ago I used a Nikon Coolscan IV scanner, which was good for it's time but had a maximum resolution of 2900 DPI. I later replaced it with a Coolscan V, which offered 4000 DPI. Over time I've periodically gone back and rescanned some of the ones originally done at 2900 and the difference is usually remarkable. I've also better learned how to handle some of the quirks the scanner has with Kodachrome slides. I needed a break from writing so I decided to do some more of these today.
    Here's a shot of Nimrod the Hunter from Walter's Wax Museum as scanned in 2003.

    Looking back at it today I'm surprised I hadn't done a better job of color correction, especially on the horses. I rescanned it and here was the initial result.

    It was much sharper, as expected, but there was a lot of mold damage. The horses were just covered in it, as were other spots like the woman's arm. It looked even worse when the colors were adjusted as the mold took on a distinctive purple hue. It took some time but once again Photoshop came to the rescue!

    I don't know if the slide had deteriorated that much since 2003 or if the lower resolution scan had hidden some of the damage. The slide has been stored in proper conditions since then but I guess any initial damage could have continued to eat away at it. This shows one more reason why it's important to scan your memories before they get damaged over time.
    Well, with this one done I guess it's time to work on the next chapter of the book!
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