Friday, September 11

Remembering


This is a picture of some elderberries on a tree in our front yard. We also have two more trees in the back, although one of those is still on the mend after a raccoon tried climbing its slender trunk last year — giving it a serious bend. Larry used to make elderberry wine.

Monday, September 7

Still missing


In (I think) 1960, back in my home town in Germany, my mother purchased for me my first copy of Micky Maus. It might have been #4 of that year's series. Subsequent issues were also bought for me, until I had a small stack, and these I brought with me to Canada when we emigrated in May of that year. Thus my hoarding craze began. For the few years that I managed to hold onto those comic books I was somewhat annoyed at not having those missing (#1-3) issues.

In 1967 I started collecting Scientific American magazines. Soon aware that its then-current format started in May 1948 I began seeking out back issues. Thirty-some years later I had garnered not only those but additional monthlies going back to 1920 and assorted weeklies going all the way back to 1845.

In November 2011 I scored 3246 pdf issues of Scientific American Weekly (out of the 3349 that were published prior to 1910, not including the Supplement). Over the past three days I have added (cropped from Google-available bound volumes) 88 of the missing 103 issues to my collection.

That leaves 15 still missing (date / volume / number):

1866-04-28   14  18  $
1867-06-22   16  25
1872-12-21   27  25  $
1895-11-23   73  21
1902-07-05   87   1  $
1902-07-12        2  $
1902-07-19        3  $
1902-07-26        4  $
1903-05-16   88  20  $
1904-02-13   90   7  $
1904-06-11       24  $
1904-06-18       25  $
1904-06-25       26  $
1904-09-24   91  13  $
1907-10-26   97  17

The $ signs mark the 12 issues that are available from Scientific American for $8 US each.