The content of the postcards included timber, logging, the various Redwood State Parks, and early 20th century transportation. In addition to the variety of visual content and the interesting postage stamps that adorned the corners, many of the postcards were marked with short tales of traveler’s trips to Humboldt county, reports of the weather and/or personal accounts of the majesty of the redwoods, written in careful script or quickly jotted hand. Each postcard exhaled a breath of mystery, turned delicate by time, little windows of insight into Humboldt County’s past.
Over the last few months, we've had an intern here at the Clarke Museum. Below is part of her recollection of the project she worked on: scanning part of our post card collection.
At the Clarke Historical Museum, we have many projects that we work on quietly behind the scenes. One of the largest long-term projects has been improving the museum’s database, including photographing and digitizing the 150,000 items we have within the Clarke collection. As an intern, I recently assisted with one little piece of this larger digitization process by scanning around 250 historical postcards from the collection. My work each day included scanning each postcard, front and back, and creating high-resolution files ready for cataloging and future use. Though the process of scanning can sometimes be slow, the project overall was like an ongoing treasure hunt, full of discovery and rich with stories of our local history!
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