June 20, 2019

Through these many years I’ve been in the digital imaging profession I’ve been blessed to work with most of the talented archivists in our state.  These dedicated professionals are “obsessive-compassionate” about their work, and most express absolute joy in doing what they do. That makes for lots of fun as the partner helping to achieve their digitization or microfilm preservation goals.

One of our recent projects involved scanning all of the Higgins boat drawings and manuals for the National World War II Museum.  They are going to take the images that we created and input them into a new interactive display about the Higgins boat.  The Higgins boat was designed and manufactured by New Orleans legend Andrew Higgins. The Higgins Boat is known far and wide as a key factor in winning War World II.  I...

May 16, 2019

A Pagan City Lies Below The Cathedral.

The Île-de-la-Cité on which Notre-Dame de Paris now stands was once a Gallo-Roman city known as Lutetia. The cathedral may have been built right over remnants of a temple: Around 1710, pieces of a sculpted altar dedicated to Jupiter and other deities were discovered during an excavation under the choir (although it remains unclear if this is evidence of an ancient temple, or if the pieces were recycled there from another location). Additional architectural ruins found in the 1960s and '70s, many dating back to this ancient era, were found in the archaeological crypt located beneath the square just in front of Notre-Dame.

There's A "Forest" In Its Roof.

The cathedral contained one of the oldest surviving wood-timber frames in Paris, involving around 52 acres of t...

April 11, 2019

This is an excerpt from the book I am currently reading.  “At the height of WWI, history's most lethal influenza virus erupted in an army camp in Kansas, moved east with American troops, then exploded, killing as many as 100 million people worldwide. It killed more people in twenty-four months than AIDS killed in twenty-four years, more in a year than the Black Death killed in a century. But this was not the middle Ages, and 1918 marked the first collision of science and epidemic disease”.  The Great Influenza was written by John M. Barry.  I’m thoroughly enjoying it.  Years ago I gave a presentation to The Association of Records and Information Managers (ARMA-New Orleans chapter) on this very subject and how it would affect us economically and related to continuation of business.

I...

January 2, 2019

First, I want to say a special thank you of appreciation to two people that are the core (heart really) of Advanced Imaging Solutions.  Pat Anderson, and Rose Rosenberger; thank you, thank you, thank you for your dedication, hard work, and service to this company!  We could not have made this 20 year journey without you!  You are greatly appreciated and loved!!

Also: Thank you loyal clients for being a part of our lives in 2018!  Our staff and I wish to send you and yours best wishes for a blessed, healthy, happy, and prosperous 2019!  I’ll look forward to speaking with you in the New Year!

Music historians deem the song Auld Lang Syne as a “long tradition of getting drunk and singing”.  The song first appeared in Scottish folklore around 1588, but it was the poet Robert “Rabbie” Burn...

December 13, 2018

This year we lost a real treasure in the Archivist community, and I'd like to honor her memory with a modest attempt at sharing her legacy.

Sister Jane Aucoin, a sister of St. Joseph passed away last month.  Sr. Jane was an active member of the Greater New Orleans Archivists Association (GNOA).  When the Mother house was flooded during Katrina and after suffered a fire and was completely destroyed Sr. Jane moved back to Baton Rouge where she had been born.  She was educated at St. Joseph Academy in Baton Rouge and then earned a Bachelor’s degree in education from Loyola New Orleans. Later she earned a master’s degree at Notre Dame.  She professed her final vows in 1949, and served as teacher and administrator and archivist in New Orleans.  She passed away at the age of 91 at her home in the Mount S...

November 6, 2018

It was a painful and yet happy football weekend in Louisiana!  Our purple and gold lost to number one ranked Alabama-again, but our black and gold made our hearts happy beating number one ranked Los Angeles.  Louisiana loves our LSU Tigers and New Orleans Saints!

Since I’m a collector of all things football, and the happy owner of both a team signed 2003 LSU football and a team signed 2010 Saints football I was wondering what I could sell them for…not!  What I really thought about was what kinds of memorabilia are for sale and at what price?

Interesting to find that baseball memorabilia is the most sought after and highly paid category. Not a single football related item in the top five.  I sure wish I’d kept that autographed 1991 LSU College World Series baseball from my son. I was shocked at...

August 21, 2018

I’m normally writing about digitizing documents, but this is a timely topic that I’ve recently taken a keen interest in.

Since the dawn of time, coins and currency have existed in some form to help facilitate transactions.

The invention of coins is still shrouded in mystery, but the first known physical coins were made of electrum, an alloy of silver and gold. It appears that many early Lydian coins were minted by merchants as tokens to be used in trade transactions. The Lydian state also minted coins, most of the coins mentioning king Alyattes of Lydia. Where was Lydia?  Basically, it was located in Turkey.  Although these coins were minted in the 6th century BC, it took a long time for coins to be accepted as currency, so they really weren’t used for another 300 or so years.

The creation of co...

August 21, 2018

What are the rarest US coins that coin collectors go “gaga” for? 

1909-S Lincoln Cent- less than 500,000 were made

1943 Bronze Lincoln Cent-only about 40 were made by accident and one could fetch you the value a nice world cruise.

1913 Liberty Nickel-just 5 of these were made and can cause a deposit to your bank account in the range of $3 million+.

1916 D Mercury Dime-only about 264,000 of them were made

1901 S Barber Quarter-less than 75K made, they can fetch up to 20K for one.

1916 Standing Liberty Quarter-only 52,000 were minted and the only coin that ever showed a bare breasted Miss Liberty.

1804 Bust Silver Dollar-these were actually thought to have been minted in the mid 1830’s, and were sold as presentation sets.  One of these sold in 1999 for a mere $4.1 million.

1893 S Morgan Dollar-only 100,000...

June 7, 2018

Yesterday I had the pleasure of being invited to the annual Baton Rouge Business Report Influential Women in Business luncheon.  As usual I was in awe of the accomplishments of this incredibly diverse group of achievers.  As a former recipient I also know the profound and deep honor it is to be publicly recognized for achieving goals that in the beginning may have seemed unachievable.  After all, when I started my career women were not held in high esteem. 

The article in the May 22 edition states some characteristics that these women have in common.  I won’t quote the entire article, because I hope you will read it.  But, I did make note that one thing each woman stated was that they pray.  I could be wrong, but I’d think if you had a group of 10 men that were being recognized in th...

June 1, 2018

Please send me a quick email reply to tell me if you enjoyed my article about the Royal Archives.  Are there other archives that you have visited or want to know about?

Some more interesting facts about the Royal Family:

Though the family doesn't often use a surname, any descendant of Queen Elizabeth II "other than those with the title of Royal Highness and the title of Prince/Princess, or female descendants who marry" has the last name Mountbatten-Windsor.

Queen Elizabeth married her third cousin. She and her husband, Prince Philip, share the same great-great-grandparents, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

Queen Elizabeth celebrates her birthday twice! Her birthday is celebrated on both April 21 — the day of her 1926 birth — and an "official birthday," which usually takes place in either May or June...

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