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 Hi Guys,

I’ve started to collect original Winchester catalogs and was wondering what do you guys use or suggest to use to store them.  As of right now i am only using  a ziplock bag to keep them protected (individually of course!).

 

What do you guys think?

 

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Manuel,

You can use those 3 ring binder page sleeves and stack them next to hard cover books so they don’t warp like when you stand magazines together. The only thing I would worry about a ziplock bag is if they would mold if sealed in the bag.

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Like 1873man, I also use the sleeves for protection.  There are different quality and type of sleeves, make sure you use the thickest you can find and make sure the plastic is “archival” quality.  The cheap, non-archival quality sleeves can deteriorate and yellow over time which may possibly react with the acids in the paper. 

Coincidently, I also keep mine between books to keep them flat but have been looking for an alternative so they are more easily accessed and viewed.  I am thinking of simply putting them in Pendaflex files (still in the plastic sleeve) in a fire-proof filing cabinet but haven’t gotten around to it yet.

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Thanks guys!  I don’t want my catalogs to “crumble” to pieces.  Amazing how these catalogs survive for so long.  As if collecting winchester rifles wasn’t expensive enough………

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Or, you could just buy this complete set and be done with it.  😉

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I store them in .pdf format on my computer – instant (nearly so) recall.

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I store them in .pdf format on my computer – instant (nearly so) recall.  

Was curious as to Where/How you got them all in .Pdf format? I wouldn’t mind having a .Pdf set myself.

I have the 1992 bound set, but even it can be cumbersome sometimes to pull off the shelf. Especially when I only want to glance at one page and put it back.

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Wasn’t referring to any specific catalog rather, that starting some years ago, I began scanning into .pdf format and saving all instruction manuals, catalogs, assembly instructions and exploded views of subjects I wanted to save for further review as needed.  I suppose this was the result of my company going paperless in the early 2000’s and my seeing the advantages of having this information readily available rather than having to search for a volume, dusting it off and then trying to find a place to set it down so’s I could read it.  I use the free version of PDFCreator to accomplish this.

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I store them in .pdf format on my computer – instant (nearly so) recall.  

Where do you get that and how much?!? I cant imagine it being cheap…..but probably cheaper then buying all ghe catalogs individually. 

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He scanned them himself, no small job. Now a days if you have a scanner for a computer you can do it yourself as well. The problem is if they are bound books you have to bend the binding to do a good scan which can wreck the binding. I can’t imagine someone doing it to original catalogs.

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You can find a variety of hand-held scanners online for a under a couple hundred bucks that wont affect the book binding because you basically taking the scanner wand and moving it from the top to the bottom of each page.  Once scanned and imported to your computer (provided they are in order) you can print them to PDF.  Or, If you wanted–and the least time consuming effort- take a photo of each page, assemble into a folder and then print them to PDF.  I use PDF Factory Pro for work–you simply print your scanned document or photo image by selecting PDF Factory as your printer selection and hit print–it creates an open PDF file.  Then once you have assembled all the pages and have them ordered the way you want, save it on your computer under whatever name you like.  The only downside is the file size of scanned documents or photos.  If importing as a photo image you can use a program like IrfanView (or others) to resize (reduce the size of the photos) prior to printing to PDF. 

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I’ve always wanted to build a DIY bookscanner as a project…if only I had access to a big Winchester library……

 

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