Last year, I shared the news that AeroKnow Museum (AKM) needed wire clothes hangars, and a friend came through in less than a week with all the wire hangars we will need for another five years. Today we need something we will always need: 1/3 cut file folders. I don’t care if they have something written on one side of the tabs. I don’t care if there is additional writing on them.
During the many years of uncertainty over the future of AeroKnow Museum, I did not think as much about the future as I do now. The most important thing to consider when looking at single page culled from a 1994 issue ofFlyingwas to circle the small, captioned picture of a Boeing such and such making its first flight o0n such and such a date and put the entire page, including info of no major importance (to me); just to have the news about the Boeing in the specific, appropriate, file . Sometimes I’d cut around the picture, being sure to note the source and date on it, and put the 3″ x 4″ clip into the file.
Unfortunately the smaller clips became scrunched as more material came into the files, wrinkled from the scrunching and not fit to copy. Earlier this year, I decided to improve that situation. I’ve been separating small articles from pages qand pasting them onto standard 8.5″ x 11″ paper, combining two, sometimes as many as five separate scraps and making more room in the files. The process involves glue sticks, LOTS of discarded white paper previously printed on one side but useful as base for pasting the smaller clips. This process takes place at my part-time employer. We have an agreement that allows me to work on AKM business when there is nothing to do in the showroom I manage.
IF YOU HAVE WHITE, UN-WRINKLED PAPER, WE CAN USE ALL YOU SEND. If it’s printed on one side, that’s okay. The clean side is what’s important to AeroKnow Museum.
I’ve also been better organizing files as I go. Take the Douglas files I’ve been working on. What was previously filed as Douglas DC-9 is being separated into files with clippings that refer not to Douglas, but to McDonnell Douglas. Who made the DC-9-40 series? NOT Douglas. McDonnell Douglas made the 40 series and all that came after until Boeing continued production of the MDD series after buying MDD. Boeing 717 articles are going to the BOEING 717 files. Super 80 articles are going to the MDD Super 80 file. It takes time but my time is easy. It also requires MANY 1/3 cut file folders. They are not easy, and with my employment situation what it is I cannot afford to underwrite the less-than-hoped-for support from the rest of the world.
When the box above is filled, I will take it to “work” and process it all with glue sticks and paper. I’m working my way around the Research Room from far north on the left corner of the room, the files of Japanese and Curtiss, into the US aircraft file cabinets starting with miscellaneous US aircraft (not enough material to warrant a separate US manufacturer file folder) and I am a day away from finishing DOUGLAS DC-9 file processing. There is a lot of “territory to process, and I need file folders, paper, glue sticks and file cabinets to complete the project.
Evident in the picture above is a small part of the material coming back to the AKM Research Room from my efforts of trimming and pasting at my “employer.”
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firstname.lastname@example.org ) or call me (my number’s in the phone book) if you want to help.
Blue skies and light winds to you.