"How unfortunate it is that we must so often wait until something is gone before appreciating it or even being aware of it. Generations of Essex (Massachusetts) people were born, lived and died amid the sounds of the shipyards: the caulking mallets, the sound of the axe and adze ringing against white oak, the millions of hammer blows, and the shouts of men. At the time it was part of their existence, like the air they breathed. Now that it is all gone we realize what a satisfying chorus it was and how silent the town is now."

Frame-Up! The Story of Essex, It's Shipyards and It's People.
By Dana Story. 1964

That about sums up my thoughts on books and ephemera.

What is Toolemera?

Tool: 'tül: noun: a handheld device that aids in the accomplishment of a task
Ephemera: i-'fem-r-ah: adjective: here today, gone tomorrow
Toolemera: tül -'eh - ma - ra: noun: the ephemeral records of the tools that aid in the performance of tasks

Within this site will be selections from my collection. There will be an occasional item from another person's collection, with appropriate attribution. I've tried to draw the fine line between image resolution, download time and legibility. If something doesn't cut the mustard, let me know. In general, I scan all material at 150 or 300 dpi, descreened as needed, 24 or 8 bit color (rarely 48 bit) for archival purposes (backed up on Taiyo Uden DVD discs), then resampled and resized as needed in Photoshop Elements, Graphic Converter or Preview. Acrobat 7 is my choice for creating PDFs. Yes, this is primarily a Macintosh endeavor. An Intel Imac loaded with BootCamp for a Windows XP partition serves to run an Opticbook scanner, a very nice piece of equipment when it comes to scanning books for OCR. Otherwise, I use an Epson 4490 Photo scanner with SilverFast SE Ai, a Microtek i800 scanner, also with Silverfast Ai software and a Fujitsu fi-5110EOXM ADF scanner. Ok, so I have a few too many scanners.


Toolemera Press