New to me, from KCET: Bright Colors, Big City: One Man’s Massive Collection of Postwar California Print Media. “Inside a cheerful Koreatown home, the promise of post-war Los Angeles is spread across the kitchen table. It is but a fraction of the collection of J.J. Englender, curator of the vivid online archive ADSAUSAGE. There are local magazines, ad inserts, teen ‘zines, and trade brochures, all brightly colored and striking, advertising the growth and vibrancy of 1950s-‘80s California. They are the tangible embodiment of the dreams of Englender, a friendly, optimistic man, whose childhood love of 20th-century kitsch and Hollywood has grown into an archive of thousands of pieces.”
Engadget: Twitch will stream the ’80s arcade gaming show ‘Starcade’ . “Starcade, the ’80s TV show that had participants compete in arcade video games, will be back by the end of August. No, not as a reboot, which is in the works, but as a Twitch marathon. The video gaming platform has teamed up with Shout! Factory, the studio that acquired the rights to create the reboot, to stream all 123 episodes of the original show. Starcade ran from 1982 to 1984 on TBS and featured arcade classics like Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Galaga and Centipede.”
New-to-Me: Beijing Silvermine. “Beijing Silvermine is an archive of half a million negatives salvaged over the last seven years from a recycling plant on the edge of Beijing. Assembled by the French collector and artist Thomas Sauvin, Beijing Silvermine offers a unique photographic portrait of the Chinese capital and the life of its inhabitants in the decade following the Cultural Revolution.”
New-to-me: a digital archive of Micro Machines toy cars. “Micro Machines collector Tim Smith has turned his obsession with the 80s miniature toy cars into an online showroom for the enjoyment of other fans and collectors. The labour of love, called Micro But Many, is based on Smith’s own collection of some 1,000-plus Micro Machines toys, with each one lovingly photographed to show off their intricate detailing.”
City of Tampa, Florida: City of Tampa to Release Two Newly Digitized Historic Photo Collections. “The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Collection was donated to the City of Tampa in 1994 by Tampa Historical Society. It contains more than 30,000 images of events in Tampa from about 1950 until 1990. Many local elected officials and other dignitaries are featured in this collection. The Tampa Photo Supply Collection includes more than 50,000 images taken by local photographers Rose Rutigliano Weekley and Joseph Scolaro from 1940 until 1990. The collection primarily focuses on West Tampa, Ybor City, and South Tampa.” This is a work in progress and the collections are still being added to.
PR Newswire: Gale Launches Second Installment of the Archives of Sexuality and Gender Series (PRESS RELEASE). “LGBTQ History and Culture Since 1940, Part II complements and broadens the depth of content provided by the first installment in the series, and provides significant historical context for understanding the lasting impact and influence of the LGBTQ movement. More than 1.4 million pages of content from newsletters, periodicals, photographs, personal papers, manuscripts, pamphlets, and other types of primary sources, highlights underrepresented and often-excluded groups within the LGBTQ community.”
DigitalNC: 10 years of LGBT newspaper Q-Notes now online!. “Issues of Q-Notes from 1986-1996 are now available on DigitalNC. These newspapers were shared by our partner, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, in response to our call for materials documenting voices underrepresented on DigitalNC.org. Q-notes focuses primarily on Gay and Lesbian issues both in Charlotte and nationally. At a time when LGBT communities were facing persecution and backlash against increased visibility and demands for rights, Q-Notes provided a venue for individuals to affirm their identities.”