Friday, April 24, 2015

I Am Not a Food Blogger or An Apple Tech Blogger, but I Try to be Helpful

     I have put only one recipe up before if I recall correctly, my pictures are weak and, well,  they aren't even pictures as there is only one.  However, these were fun and tasty and I bothered to write type down my changes and I took a picture, so maybe someone else will make them and like them. 

      AND I figured out how to save a Pages document as a jpg finally!  From Pages you "Export" as a PDF, then open that with the Preview App (NOT the free  Adobe Reader). From there choose "Export" again and you can choose from JPEG, JPEG-2000, OpenEXR, PDF, PNG or TIFF!  So now I can get text documents to show up here.  Yippee!

    I have yet tot see if it's big enough to actually read it when it publishes of course.

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       Speaking of clear enough to read, I have looked through both January and August 1944 of the Sunday Oregonian, and neither has the  Arthur A. Allen loom article.  I really think that article is not from 1944 anyhow, as the way they printed back then was VERY tightly spaced--none of those weird little 3 dots to separate different sections.  And though there was a Sunday Magazine section, it didn't SAY Oregon Sunday Magazine at the bottom, which it does on one of my photocopy pages.  Research suggestions anyone?

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      WHOA!  I need to apologize for saying that the Website of the Historic Loom Manuals didn't have anything helpful!  SORRY!  

     So, regarding the Thinking of Ideas for research possibilities: after about a half hour of fruitlessly seating for some sort of hit on the Author of the article, I thought, "Oh! Perhaps I should just type in the Title of the Article," and KAPOW:

Can you read the green highlighted part?  IT'S THE DATE! Allen Looms AL1- "Looms for Smaller Rooms". Article from The Oregonian Sunday Magazine. 8-7-49. 3 p. 

It was right at the top, so, I, uummmmm,  didn't read it (classic mistake & bane of every teacher's existence). It even has the page number!

OK, so now I really need to get some real work done so I can head back to the library!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Arthur A. Allen Folding Loom Historical Documents

         I am SO excited.  I sold the loom to a good friend and hand-spinner, so I know it will be well loved.  That is not really why I am SO excited though.  I am SO excited because the good friend and hand-spinner from whom I bought the loom originally is moving to Portland.  That part is sad, but leads to the exciting moment of her finding the paper-work about the Arthur A. Allen Folding Loom which she had promised to give me when she sold me the loom originally.

          It is funny as well as exciting because there seems to be a  history of delaying the forwarding of these documents--she handed them to me in an envelope addressed to her from the then previous owner with a note that says:

     I will have to include a similar note to the new owner! But FIRST I am going to scan and document these things, because when I searched the inter-webs I found nada/zilch/nuffin about these looms except for other people asking for information about them.  

    I think THIS note was from the previous, previous (previous) owner.  Susan Lilly still has a website, at which I am going to go check out a little more closely very soon to read about her garment construction books, but back to the note:

       I visited the Historic Looms of America Website just now. While they do have much worthwhile information about historic looms, they do not have any information on the Arthur A. Allen Loom posted. I imagine it is just too small a company to have been prioritized as of yet. Hence, I am going to attempt to scan it for you.* I will do it page by page, as I think it will be too small to see in its adorable original 7" x 11" folded into thirds size.  



It really just explains how to warp it.  The rest is up to you. Hurrah!  Golly gee, it never occurred to me to fold it to make reaching the heddles easier while warping.

I have been saving the best for last.  Well, actually I am saving the best until I can go to the library tomorrow and see if I can find this on microfilm to get a complete copy.  This article appears to have appeared in the Sunday Oregonian Magazine in August 1944.  The last bit is missing front this copy, and it is pretty poorly reproduced here, so let's cross our fingers and just check out this teaser:

Hurrah, indeed! 

Hmm just found this link to Popular mechanics as well. Now, there's a rabbit hole....

*No copyright infringement at all is intended.  I suspect I am in the clear, as this is pretty old, and I am surely not making any money from this, but thought I should mention that.