12/11/12 412 W, 1 I - + 3 - 3 Life in the History Lane

Here are some facts and figures about the Raleigh Fire Department Centennial History Book project, which Yours Truly has been increasingly immersed in these last weeks. (Have patience if you're waiting for FIREFOTO to resume his regular action. Deadlines have required a pause in photography action. That and a very recent lull in working fires!)

Source material? Digital assets at History Central include 65.3 GB of scanned images and documents. That's 20,964 files in the folder, which include 1,635 TIF images and 16,0003 JPEG images. There are some duplicates in there, for sure. Even some triplicates. (Included in that staggering count is 7.31 GB and 7,466 JPEG newspaper scans.1)

The total excludes, however, digital photos by Legeros. Meaning, scene and stock shots. From 2004 to mid 2012, we'll put that total around 60,000. No idea on total size. As for photographic prints, there are at least 500 in albums as reprinted from the State Archives. Add another 500 in albums that were borrowed from others. And another 500+ of mine, from my pre-digital days. (Plus a few hundred or several hundred 35mm slides and negatives, from various sources.)

What's the output looking like? The book's project folder contains 49,064 files that total 62.6 GB in size. That's still a ways behind the 2007 book project. which numbered 91,039 files and 100 GB. What do those numbers translate to? Content created or prepared to date includes:

Pretty good start. We'll be adding several dozen more in these final weeks of production. Firefighters in action. Centennial events. And some other goodies, which we haven't mentioned above. Over 2,000 photos in a 260-page hardcover book. Sounds like a bargain to me. And we haven't tallied the prospective word count.2 Order yours here.

That was a project from a copy years ago. Read every day's newspaper(s) in Raleigh from the late 1860s to the early 1910s. And copied every article about the fire department. That project took a little while.

2The book's text history will be finished over Christmas. That's my holiday project. Taking the history text from the 1984 and 2002 yearbooks, and adding everything that's happened since. Plus normalizing the whole thing, adding new facts, corrected old errors, etc. Should totals 25,000 words. Maybe 30,000.

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