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Craig

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Re: Tools for deciphering handwriting
« Reply #15 on: January 23, 2013, 11:24:50 am »
Thanks, Randi. The most confusing one appears to be the double "s" in which the first one looks a bit like an "f".

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Re: Tools for deciphering handwriting
« Reply #16 on: January 23, 2013, 11:27:32 am »
Good find, Randi. I'm glad it's not just me that struggles with 'S' and 'L'!

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Re: Tools for deciphering handwriting
« Reply #17 on: January 23, 2013, 12:42:57 pm »
I have LOTS of problems with S and L !!!

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Re: Tools for deciphering handwriting
« Reply #18 on: April 06, 2013, 11:51:22 pm »
Thanks, Randi. The most confusing one appears to be the double "s" in which the first one looks a bit like an "f".

Old writing did fs as ss for some unknown reason.

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Re: Tools for deciphering handwriting
« Reply #19 on: February 11, 2015, 12:39:42 pm »
Weather records before about 1900 can be faint as the handwriting fades. Is it possible for photo software to improve contrast between black and white?



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Re: Tools for deciphering handwriting
« Reply #20 on: February 11, 2015, 01:02:54 pm »
The older weather records late nineteenth century have faded. Is it possible for photo enhancing software to improve the contrast between black writing and the white paper?


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Re: Tools for deciphering handwriting
« Reply #21 on: February 11, 2015, 01:04:47 pm »

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Re: Tools for deciphering handwriting
« Reply #22 on: February 11, 2015, 03:34:21 pm »
I must also say that the US Archives were into making archival quality scans and many of the books were sent to be restored and then scanned with different light wavelengths to get the best possible.  Even so, the state of the ink is one really strong reason to do our digitizing now.  Some of the earliest scans weren't caught in time, unfortunately, our problems with them upgraded the scanning process.

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Re: Tools for deciphering handwriting
« Reply #23 on: March 19, 2015, 07:15:21 pm »
I just used this, and thought it was worth re-posting ;)

Reading Old Handwriting: http://www.moonzstuff.com/articles/oldhandwriting.html
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    Capital "L" and "S" are hard to tell apart, especially in unfamiliar names.
    Capital "I" and "J" are often indistinguishable.
    Double-s may look like "fs" or even "ps".
    Decorative loops and flourishes can mimic other letters such as small "e".
Sound familiar?