Friday, December 29, 2006

New equipment for the new year

Well, too late for Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanzaa, but just in time for the New Year, we received our shipment of a new transparency hood for our Epson flatbed scanner. With this accessory, we will now be able to scan anything transparent: glass lantern slides, 35mm slides, transparencies. So, look forward to seeing some of our oldest (in the case of glass lantern) and newest (in the case of 35mm) images online in the coming year. In the meantime, enjoy this digitized image of one of the glass lantern slides from our collection, provided by OHSU Medical Photography. This picture, from the People's Institute Slide Collection (Accession 1999-010), shows Portland's first public park. Originally begun by the Institute in 1906, the parks were turned over to the city's Park Board in 1909. The Institute went on to become the OHSU Outpatient Clinic, still in operation today.

If you're interested in more information on the People's Institute, you're in luck: our next exhibit, to be mounted in the coming week, will be: Hope Blooms Under a Benevolent Moon: Valentine Prichard and the People's Institute. It will feature this collection and the history of the Institute. Stay tuned!

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