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Posted 03/23/2016   12:20 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add PostmasterGS to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I'm slowly rolling out a new feature on my website, so stop by and have a look.

For ages, I've displayed my collection digitally, with little attention given to actually mounting my stamps in proper album pages. This was partly due to my reluctance to add extra bulk or weight to my collection (I move frequently for work), and partly due to laziness. I'd only mounted a small portion of my collection, and the remainder was kept in stockbooks or boxes of Heco cards. Those that were mounted were mounted on Schaubek-sized custom pages in Schaubek binders. This was a significant factor in my lack of progress, as I was never really satisfied with that setup -- the larger pages required me to have paper custom cut and drilled, they were hard on my printer, and the Schaubek binders didn't stand up well to constant packing/unpacking/moving (and they're expensive to replace).

After my last move, I was searching for several high-value items, and I couldn't find them anywhere. After a couple days of digging, I finally found the box the stockbook was hiding in, but I finally decided I needed to better organize my collection, if only to preserve my sanity. So, I've switched to a lower-cost, off-the-shelf solution using paper and binders that are widely available, and software that allows me to crank out pages in a hurry. I'm rebuilding all my existing albums, and attempting to finally get pages built for my entire collection.

As I get the pages built, I'm going to include a link on my website to scans of the physical album pages so you can see the collection as it actually exists. It's also a quicker way to view my collection than clicking through the individual pages of the website.

On the main pages for the respective collecting areas (example, German New Guinea is here), there will be a small link at the bottom that looks something like this:



If you click on it, you'll be taken to a page with large thumbnails of the album pages (example here). Clicking on the thumbnails will take you to higher resolution scans of the pages. WARNING: the higher res images can be large, so if you're on a slow Internet connection, beware.

If you spot a typo, please don't tell me -- ignorance is bliss at this point... ;)

So far, I've only finished German New Guinea, but I'm making progress. It's slow going.

A little detail on the physical albums:

Software -- Adobe InDesign CC 2015
Paper -- Neenah Exact Vellum Bristol, 67 lb, 8.5" x 11", Cream color
Mounts -- Scott/Prinz Split-Back, Black
Mount Adhesive -- Scotch Double-Sided Scrapbooking Tape
Postcard Pockets -- Smead Self-Adhesive Polypropylene Pockets, 6" x 4"
Binders -- Avery Framed View 3" EZD 3-Ring Binders, Black




For those who are interested, I'll keep posting updates as I get more pages built/scanned.
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Presenting the GermanStamps.net Collection - Germany, Colonies, & Occupied Territories, 1872-1945

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Posted 03/23/2016   03:22 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Jenny2U to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
A true work of art I look forward to seeing your progress.
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Posted 03/23/2016   3:36 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add knuppster59 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Yeah, those are legit. Nice pages man.
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Posted 03/23/2016   4:25 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add PostmasterGS to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
German East Africa is now uploaded. Link is here.
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Posted 03/23/2016   4:34 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Neeskens13 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Simply stunning. Great work.
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Posted 03/23/2016   5:37 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add PostmasterGS to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
OK. I didn't realize how big the scans really were until I was off my fast home connection. So, I've lowered the quality of the scans slightly to get their filesize down from 13MB each to <2MB. The images should load considerably faster now, though at a slightly lower quality.
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Posted 03/23/2016   6:37 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add PostmasterGS to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
German Southwest Africa is now uploaded. Link is here.
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Posted 03/23/2016   10:13 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add PostmasterGS to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
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Posted 03/24/2016   1:26 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add PostmasterGS to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I went back and added a second option on each page. You can now view medium resolution images (<2BMB each) or high resolution images (11+MB each).

If you left click on the thumbnails, you won't see a difference, as the pop-up lightbox shrinks the images to fit. But, if you right click to view the image outside of the lightbox, you'll get the full-sized image.
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Posted 03/25/2016   12:52 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add PostmasterGS to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Now uploaded, German Colonies of Samoa and Togo.
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Posted 03/25/2016   02:45 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add billsey to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Nice pages! I use an older version of inDesign (CS4) for my modified Steiner pages, but have much less information per page. One thing I do on my website is to add the feature where if you click on the portion of a page that shows a stamp the user gets an image of just that stamp.That allows me to have higher resolution images of the stamps without needing large image files for the pages themselves.

Here's a page image, note the size:


And here's a stamp from that page:
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Posted 03/28/2016   3:45 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add apastuszak to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Those are some gorgeous pages.
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Posted 03/28/2016   4:15 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add PostmasterGS to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks, Andy! I find the pages a little tough to design, because I have absolutely no creativity.
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Posted 03/29/2016   09:54 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Dianne Earl to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Wonderful work postmasterGS

I have not had time to work on my collection lately but this is great incentive to get back at it.

Dianne
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Posted 03/29/2016   1:04 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Blaamand to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Postmaster, what can I say.... Simply magnificent pages, stamps and website. Great achievement.

Quote:
I have absolutely no creativity

I choose to ignore that statement...your creativity is an inspiration
Jon
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Posted 03/29/2016   1:12 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Blaamand to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Billsey....same goes for your work and website! Really impressive. Thanks for sharing
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