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A YouTube Channel devoted to the restoration of old hand tools, the videos are silent, but informative and cover all kinds of things that could be found in period catalogs.

 

YouTube: Hand Tool Rescue

 

https://www.youtube.com/user/erzzi6/featured

 

 

This very interesting blog post deals with a 1920s (Western) music appreciation society in Japan which successfully commissioned recordings of music that had not been tackled by the major commercial operations, in this case the first recordings the society had made for members were the last two piano sonatas composed by Scriabin and Bartok's 2nd string quartet. Lasting between 1926 and 1935 is something that players visiting Japan may encounter.

 

http://grumpyclassics.blogspot.com.au/2017/10/dragons-head-snakes-tail.html

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Travern

Lost Heritage: a memorial to England's lost country houses 

 

Contains galleries and histories of demolished, ruined, or "severely reduced" stately homes (suitable for potential scenario seeds and handouts).

 

http://www.lostheritage.org.uk

 

(Also has sister-sites for Ireland, Scotland, and Wales)

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jlynn

That's just perfect in so many ways; the name of the place is the "Windigo Lodge;" and it seems to almost perfectly recapitulate an August Derleth story set in the woods of either Minnesota or Wisconsin -- I can't remember the name of the story off the top of my head, but it involved professors who got caught up in something beyond their understanding while on a fishing vacation...

 

And it might very well fit in nicely with the upcoming Cold Warning from Golden Goblin Press -- perhaps as a location from which a team of investigators can pursue further investigations!

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That's just perfect in so many ways; the name of the place is the "Windigo Lodge;" and it seems to almost perfectly recapitulate an August Derleth story set in the woods of either Minnesota or Wisconsin -- I can't remember the name of the story off the top of my head, but it involved professors who got caught up in something beyond their understanding while on a fishing vacation...

 

And it might very well fit in nicely with the upcoming Cold Warning from Golden Goblin Press -- perhaps as a location from which a team of investigators can pursue further investigations!

 

Good luck with the scenario, I've often found fire investigation reports to be a good source of building/site layouts.

 

Now onto another recent find, in the form of an instructional video for Windows 95...

 

Windows 95 - A First Look

 

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Graham

Something more sinister to go along with the Win95 video:

 

http://windows95tips.com/page/2

 

http://windows95tips.com/page/3

 

http://windows95tips.com/page/4

 

Thanks for those, but I find old instructional videos useful for explaining to people born in the 1990s the limitations on information technology back then.

 

And in that vein, here is an actual Ethnology text from 1922, now Keepers can have a better idea of what Harold Hadley Copeland's books may have read like (at least the first ones...)

 

Argonauts of the Western Pacific by Bronislaw Malinowski (1922)

 

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/55822

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jlynn

Interesting that Malinowski also knew Johnstone Kenyatta...  Once again, in truth, we find weirder pattern-matching than in any fiction!

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Graham

Interesting that Malinowski also knew Johnstone Kenyatta...  Once again, in truth, we find weirder pattern-matching than in any fiction!

 

Indeed, reality has no need to conform to the whims of an author, or the dictates of fashion. Anyway back to the matter at hand, in the form of some more period background material, this time an account of the German Occupation of Brussels 1914 - 1918.

 

In the Prison City Brussels, 1914-1918 by J. H. Twells (1919)

 

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/55876

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InspectorBB

A search of Forums and Files turned up no sign of this.

 

"Railway Wonders of the World

 

Two Volumes, published in 1935/6. Looks like a great resource for details of transportation infrastructure world-wide in the mid-thirties.

 

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Graham

That's a wonderful find, thanks.

 

I have two items, first up a 1939 tourist guides to the Spanish Missions of California, with lots of photographs, that could be extracted and used for props.

 

California Missions by Karl Frederick Brown[ (1939) (Illustrated html version is 9.5mb in size.)

 

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/55931

 

The second is a 19thC guide on preparing samples for analysis under a microscope, niche material perhaps, but something a scientifically oriented PC might know and a good source for terminology of the time as well.

 

Section-Cutting: A Practical Guide by Dr Sylvester Marsh (1878, repr 1879)

 

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/55930

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Graham

In giving himself to general reading relating to the origin and history of the human family, the writer of the following pages was impressed with the frequent allusion to man-eating among many of the peoples of the world; and although in itself it is an unattractive subject, and perhaps to some repellant; for his own amusement, and it may be for the instruction of others, he has been prompted to collate some of the references to this unhallowed custom, in a connected form. How well he has succeeded in his effort he will leave it to the reader to determine. The only merit to which he might possibly lay claim is fidelity to the facts as recorded by the historians and travelers of the age.

 

This is all the warning readers are going to get...

 

Anthropophagy by Charles W. Darling (1886)

 

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/55974

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Kren

I'll be honest, I've not dug through the last 300 odd pages of comments so this might be old news as far as resources go, but part of another hobby of mine, digging out old buildings and bit of urban exploring means I spend some time with old maps and the utterly brilliant http://maps.nls.uk .admittedly it's only the UK but the ability to have old and new maps alongside, as well as some of them being extremely detailed.... Well. Fodder for Keepers.

There's also https://canmore.org.uk/ which is a registry for old buildings, castles etc usually with pics and floorplans. Again, fodder for homebrews and ready made plans of all sizes.

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wharfedalehome

Graham - thank you so much for the Archaeological Fantasies and Skeptic Monster podcasts. I love Wikipedia for winkling out weird and wonderful stuff, so getting it through a different medium (ie: podcast) only adds to the richness.

 

I've just spotted this map of the USA. A good starting point for a myth, leading to a mystery, leading to a Cthulhoid plot and then an adventure perhaps?

The map: https://tictail.com/cryptozoologymuseumstore/cryptozoology-map/photos

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Graham

A single YouTube video with a lot of potential, it's the music (And some store announcements) played in Kmart stores during the Christmas 1974 shopping period, the video is about two hours long and the first commenter has listed the timings for everything on the video. Apparently there are other videos with instore music/announcement loops available, several of them show up in the recommendations.

 

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jlynn

Ye Gods and little fishes -- you truly DO believe in making it a horror campaign, don't you!  :-D

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Graham

Ye Gods and little fishes -- you truly DO believe in making it a horror campaign, don't you!  :-D

 

:?: :?: :?: :!: 

 

Anyway on to the next video,this one is perfect for a prop, you have a 20 odd minute video of someone showing how they fix leaky pipes under their house, at the end just before the camera cuts out the last words are "...that's interesting..." I'm sure a good Keeper could find some way to make use of this in edited form...

 

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Graham

A collection of program notes covering the 'standard repertoire' of Classical orchestral music printed in 1935, the notes them selves date back a considerable way earlier, the author started writing them in the 1890s.Could be useful as a source for props/period writing style.

 

Philip Hale's Boston Symphony Programme Notes by Philip Hale (Edited by John N. Burk)

 

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/56208

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Judgetrev

How did you find that plumbing video? We're you learning about plumbing and watched that?

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Graham

How did you find that plumbing video? We're you learning about plumbing and watched that?

 

No, actually the channel in question had uploaded a lot of old safety training videos and urban exploration films which I'd linked to this thread in the past, normally the person who makes these videos does electronics repair films, the plumbing film was a departure from the norm for him.

 

An now for another departure from the norm, Snopes.com has created a page covering the legends and lore of the humble Chinese restaurant in the United States, there may be some good ideas in it.

 

https://www.snopes.com/2017/12/25/chinese-restaurants-in-america/

 

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