Motherboard: This Guy Is Digitizing the VHS History of Video Games. “In the 80s and 90s, video game companies and trade magazines made [VHS] tapes to accompany popular titles or new issues with bonus material or promotional footage, giving a glimpse into how marketing for games was done in the industry’s early days. [Chris] Scullion has 18 tapes to upload so far, and plans to provide accompanying commentary as well as the raw video as they go up on his YouTube channel.”
Westender (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada): Vancouver Archives Puts Thousands Of Heritage Photos Online. “Vancouver heritage junkies, local history buffs and nosy neighbours, your cries have been heard. In an ambitious undertaking, staff at the City of Vancouver Archives have been busy digitizing nearly 7,000 black-and-white 35mm negatives — taken in 1978 and 1986 as part of two separate heritage surveys — for the public to access, ogle and explore online.”
Digital NC: Saint Mary’s Student School Newspaper now online. “The Saint Mary’s School student newspaper, The Belles, is now online, from its origins as ‘The Grapevine’ in 1936 through 1995. The Belles continues to be published in an electronic form to this day. The paper gives a good look into the viewpoint of North Carolina teen women over a 60 year period.”
New-to-me, from Laughing Squid: 80s.NYC, An Online Collection of Street View Photos Taken in All Five Boroughs During the 1980s. “Programmer Brandon Liu and researcher Jeremy Lechtzin have created 80s.NYC, a really wonderful online collection of photos that show what all five boroughs of New York City looked like during the 1980s. The photos were taken as part of a bureaucratic process to ensure taxes were assessed properly. Liu and Letctzin organized these photos into an easily readable map that’s fun to explore.”
Hetq: Documenting the Past: Yeva Sargsyan Creates Online Encyclopedia of Armenian Architecture of 1960s- 1990s. “For seven years, architecture theorist Yeva Sargsyan strove to make a database of Armenian architecture, which would present a detailed classification of buildings, urban elements and small architectural forms, including information about the author, location, construction site and other architectural parameters. Today, [it] is an online encyclopedia, presenting the modern architecture of Armenia. It’s unique in its kind. In the encyclopedia, you can find documentary and analytical information about Armenian architecture of the 1960-1990s.” An English version is available.
Untapped Cities: Over 500 Old Pictures of NYC Added to GVSHP’s Historic Image Archive. “The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation (GVSHP) has provided the public with wonderful archives full of old pictures of New York City to help preserve the architectural heritage and culture of Greenwich Village, East Village, and NoHo. The GVSHP has assembled several archives over the years, all of which were donated to the preservation. And now, the archives have just gotten even bigger, with Carole Teller generously donating over 500 images that she captured of New York City from the early 1960s to the early 1990s.”
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.”