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Re: Vintage Movie Magazines Online

Postby ChiO » August 14th, 2013, 8:03 am

Thank you, Moira!

There was something about the last row, middle, that drew my attention. 1941 was such a great year. Then I did a search for "John Alton" and -- oh, my -- several references from the '30s when he was helping establish the movie industry in Argentina and working for Paramount in Europe.

Yes, I bookmarked the site.
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Re: Vintage Movie Magazines Online

Postby Professional Tourist » August 23rd, 2013, 2:12 pm

moirafinnie wrote:Great news! A vast array of more of the 20th century's periodicals related to motion pictures have recently been gathered and made readily searchable by a group called Lantern who have expanded access to the holdings of The Media History Digital Library and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Communication Arts..

You can see more about Lantern here:

I've finally checked this out -- what a great search engine/front end system! I believe all or most of the publications are housed at the Internet Archive, and this makes it so simple to find articles on one's favorite subject. :D :D Thank you! 8)

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Re: Vintage Movie Magazines Online

Postby moira finnie » August 23rd, 2013, 4:53 pm

It was a pleasure to share this news, PT.

One warning: so many people have been logging onto the Lantern site since this was announced publicly, there have been reports of outages when the site went down due to heavy traffic a few times. I haven't encountered any issues myself...unless you count the overwhelming desire to forget everything and spend hours on end poring over this fascinating and arcane cinema history in these original sources.
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Re: Vintage Movie Magazines Online

Postby Professional Tourist » August 23rd, 2013, 5:38 pm

Moira, you wouldn't believe what I used to do, to look for features and news items on my favorite subject. I would download OTR publications that had been digitized and made available online, one at a time, then search through them manually. When I was lucky, the file was in text format so I could search for key words; when I was unlucky the file was in image format and I would visually inspect each page. I found some good items that way, but I don't think I could bring myself to go through it again. :o This is a breeze, a snap -- the job's a game*. :D :P :D

*A reference to Mary Poppins.

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Re: Vintage Movie Magazines Online

Postby Erika1712 » August 24th, 2013, 9:24 am

PT, I did this recently at but I've yet to go through OTRR (although I've skimmed through a few things there). It's rewarding when I actually stumble across something.

And if I were nearby NYPL I would have done my best there as well. :)

Also, thanks for the images you've shared here--many I've never seen.

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