I saw Nick Nourse at the Bristol Record Office today, a couple of things came up during our conversation that really interested me.
Nick mentioned to me that there are some postcards with annotations on the image side of the card. For example, in the category ‘Postcards relating to the military’ under miscellaneous, there is a postcard of Canadian soldiers in Shirehampton Park, in which the sender of the postcard has drawn an arrow on the image to locate himself in the crowd. Although just about visible in the copy on the Bristol Record Office on-line catalogue, the digital scanned image does not easily pick up that detail. Its much more noticeable whilst looking at the actual postcard. This came up in the context of us discussing viewing the postcards in person versus on-line. It made me think about the details that are lost in the digital scan/copy.
We also had a discussion regarding the messages/written text on the postcards and deciphering the handwriting. Nick mentioned a technique which he had discovered at a conference (to do with manuscript sheet music) and that was to scan the document and adjust the colour, hue and saturation levels to reveal written layers underneath. It is a way to make the handwriting more legible but also in this case was to reveal something of the composing process.