When I lasted posted on this thread I knew that it would be a while before I got back, but I never expected that it would be ten months!
Back in November I had pretty much used up my backlog of scanned ads and I had to go back to my stash of old toy industry trade magazines and scan some more. This would have involved about three years’ worth of mags so I’d have enough material to put together substantial groupings of specific lines or subject categories.
Well, before I could get started on checking out the trade publications, I got heavily involved in another job that utilizes a far greater percentage of my many collections that this forum does. Here, I’m limited to toys. The new project not only involves toys, but includes all manner of TV and movie pop culture, comic books, trading cards, posters, record album covers, aviation art, plastic model kit box tops, cartoon characters, food products, holiday imagery, book covers and much more! And the best part of all this was that I already had a ton of this material in my computers; all I had to do was clean and trim what was already there, with no new scanning for quite a long time. On a couple of occasions, I’ve admitted that one of the reasons that I do all of the archiving here is to justify saving all this stuff all my life. Putting the toy part of my collection to good use felt great; pulling the rest of this stuff out of the shadows is absolutely wonderful.
Back in February I decided that it was time to return to this trade advertising thread. The International Toy Fair had been held here in New York City and I had a stack of new trade mags and catalogs that showed lots of new products to be released throughout the year. The first snag was the magazines themselves. For some reason most of the regular sized ones expanded from the standard 8½” width to 9” or more! That meant that I had to scan each page in two pieces and assemble them in Photoshop. I didn’t get very far before my enthusiasm waned and the mammoth project and other diversions came into play.
I had a long series of problems with both of my computers that took too many months to resolve. I also have a number of health issues and had to find a few new doctors, partially due to one moving out of state and another retiring. The fact that a third turned out to be a total ask whole didn’t help.
So, I was just about back on track and, honestly, thinking of updating this thread when Photobucket dropped their $400-per-year bomb on us! After all I’ve been through this past year, that news was devastating.
I put a lot of effort into posting archival material on this and a couple of other forums because I thought that my reference material would be available there forever. What a shattered dream! I have more than 2100 photos on Photobucket – nearly 500 on this thread alone! I still have all of them in my computers, so even if Photobucket goes completely under, nothing will be totally lost. Yes, I could find another hosting service. Imgur got a lot of good marks on this site, but I have read of problems with it elsewhere. I’m afraid that if I do this all over, the next host will follow Photobucket and start charging. I’m old and I’m tired. Right now I don’t see me having the time and enough strength, physically and mentally, to redo over 2000 images. I know that this was an important thread and I hate leaving it this way. But I’m just not up to fixing it right now. Let’s give it some time and see what happens.
Post by figurecollector on Sept 14, 2017 17:58:11 GMT -6
I know that a lot of material was lost when this thread went down and I cannot say that I am not surprised that you do not feel like taking them on now. It wore me out to do the photos I had on there as well. I have gotten everything off of Photobucket, deleted the albums and photos so they cannot have them for their use, removed all of my personal information and gave them a nasty parting shot before deleting the account permanently. It took me about 45 hours to get everything close to what it was before on Imgur which is no picnic to use either. For some reason a portion of my photos copied themselves twice, so when I got them on there, I had to sort everything 3x. When I was saving it, it would not hold the way I wanted it if I wanted to add other photos. The day I finished they contacted me and said that they had eliminated that problem. Too little too late. If Imgur pulls the same stunt, I do not know if I would do it again.
Hopefully you will get into the frame of mid to do at least some of them over again. I know we would appreciate seeing them.
Holy Moley! What a surprise. I had nothing to do with getting my stuff back on view. Does anyone have an explanation for all this? Has Photobucket seen the error of its ways, or are they up to some new evil? Maybe someone just threw the wrong switch! Well, enjoy it while you can, as there's no telling how long this might last. Don't know what it might cost to upload new material to Photobucket. It might be a while before I can get anything new posted.