Monthly Archives: July 2013

Introduction

Hi Guys!

So, since this is my first blog, I’m going to be doing a little introduction for you. My name is Samantha Mesher and this summer I’m working at Them Days Inc. for a total of 6 weeks. My position is an Editorial/Archival assistant, and so far I’ve been doing many different projects! These include; Archiving Vertical Files, Photocopying newspaper articles, and also Archiving Geneaology clippings. Just today I started another new project, YouTube videos! I made a music video with the band “Labrador Black Spruce” from their album Love of the Land. There’s some really nice pictures new and old of Labrador. I’m going to embed the video so you can all watch it!

That’s all for now, thanks for reading (and watching!)

Samantha

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Goodbyes and New Beginnings

Hey everyone!

There’s been some changes here at the office. First,  we would like to introduce Samantha to our team. She is the newest summer student here at Them Days and we are happy to have her here with us! Samantha’s first day was a week ago, and she has been a great person to be around. You can check out her bio on our website here:

http://www.themdays.com/?page_id=447

Now onto the sad news. Jill has completed her term here with us. Well that’s a great accomplishment, not sad, but admirable! The sad part is that we won’t get to see her around  as often, but we wish her all the best in her future! She deserves it.

We showed Jill our appreciation to Jill by presenting her with a cake that Samantha was kind enough to bake. It was her idea, too!

Presenting the cake!

Presenting the cake!

 

Jill loved it

Jill loved it

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"We'll miss you Jill, Good luck"

“We’ll miss you Jill, Good luck”

Cutting the cake

Cutting the cake

We were sneaky and hid the cake, until we decided to present it to Jill after lunch. It was delicious, good job Sam! Also, good luck to Jill!

Wallace

 

 

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Alternative Covers for the magazine

Picking a cover for a magazine can be a hard thing to do. Sometimes, the right photo jumps out at me and I just know that THIS is the photo for a cover. Other times, I’m stuck between two (or more) great covers and I just don’t know which one to choose. Other times, NO photos jump out and I start feeling desperate…what photo can I find that will fit the magazine’s content and look good at the same time?

And then, other times, I find what seems to be the perfect photo…only to find that it just doesn’t fit into the frame of Them Days the way I would like. Oh, now that’s a frustrating situation, believe me.

Issue 37.2 was one of the times that I didn’t have a perfect cover just waiting to be used. Nope, it was one of those times when I was looking (somewhat) desperately for something that would fit the content of the magazine. Eventually, I settled that I would draw on a photo from the recently donated Labrador Craft Marketing Agency collection, from which I had drawn on half the magazine’s content. That would make most sense for a cover, seeing as the focus of the magazine was centred on crafts.

So then I had to go through the photos in the collection. I decided that I would use a photo of one of the craftspeople profiled in the magazine. After going through a few options, I settled on a photo of Dulcie Montague. She just seemed so nice and kind in the photo, like she was inviting you to read the magazine. I tested out a few different ones, and my co-workers all agreed: Dulcie would be our cover model.

Vol. 37, No. 2

Vol. 37, No. 2

But then, I had a slight change of heart. There was a really striking photograph in the Dr. Keith collection, featured in this issue’s Labrador Gallery. It was a self-portrait of the mysterious Dr. Keith, a handsome young man taking his photograph in a mirror. As Wallace called in it one of his earlier blog posts, it is an early “selfie”! I think it’s such a fun photo, and I would have loved to have it on the cover.

An alternative cover for issue 37.2

An alternative cover for issue 37.2

Unfortunately, when it was enlarged for the cover, the poor quality of the original became apparent. And Dr. Keith himself wasn’t in focus; his camera was. Which still looks pretty cool, but for an issue of Them Days, I need the person to be in focus. (I don’t have a lot of room for experimentation with Them Days.) So I asked around, and while a lot of people thought that Dr. Keith looked cool, Dulcie just looked so nice on the cover, that consensus was to stick with her.

So what do you think–do you think I made the right choice with Dulcie?

Aimee

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Vol. 37, No. 2

Vol. 37, No. 2

Vol. 37, No. 2

The local copies were being distributed to retailers this morning, and local subscribers already have them in their mailboxes…Issue 37.2 is out and about in the world! Get it now! [If you’re a little further afield, you should be getting them very soon, since they were mailed on Tuesday.]

Happy Reading!

Aimee

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My Trip to St. John’s – Visiting the Printers

The day before the courses started, I had a free afternoon in St. John’s, and I wanted to make sure I spent it wisely, because it was working hours. Before I went out there, I figured I would do some visiting, but I wasn’t sure who I’d be visiting until I sent an e-mail to my contact at Transcontinental about the June issue, which was then at the printers. Then it came to me: here I was, e-mailing this person I’d e-mailed dozens of times before, but never met, out in St. John’s: TINA! I would visit Tina and meet her, finally! So I mentioned to Tina in my e-mail that I’d be down in her area (turns out the courses were in the area, and I stayed only a few minutes away as well) and I’d like to meet her. Well, she was just as excited to meet up, so we made plans and she offered to show me around the plant. Woo hoo!

Tina and me, finally meeting after many e-mail correspondences!

Tina and me, finally meeting after many e-mail correspondences!

And then she showed me around. It was really neat, to see how the magazines physically come together. Them Days was in the queue and would be printing a couple of days later, so I didn’t get to see it go through (now THAT would have been cool!) but it was exciting, all the same. It was like being in an episode of How Things Work! I love things like that, and learning about how things are made.

Paper!!

Paper!!

This is a printer, and it's really big.  Look closely, and there are two men in this photo.

This is a printer, and it’s really big. Look closely, and you’ll see there are two men in this photo.

This is where the magazine gets stitched together.

This is where the magazine gets stitched together.

And this...I forget what this is.  Oops.  But I know that Tina explained everything to me really well, so it's all my fault for forgetting, not her teaching! :)

And this…I forget what this is. Oops. But I know that Tina explained everything to me really well, so it’s all my fault for forgetting, not her teaching! 🙂

Cool, hey? I love a good field trip!

Aimee

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My Trip to St. John’s – The Courses

So a little while ago, I visited St. John’s to attend some Museum Studies courses from the Museum Association of St. John’s. It was really interesting–you can hear me talk about it on the radio if you wish, just scroll down–and I made some good contacts and learned a lot.

Getting my certificate

Getting my certificate

There I am, getting my certificates. It’s funny, we had been talking about blogs and Twitter and social media earlier in the afternoon, and the day before, Mary Ellen at the Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives sent an e-mail to the members of her listserv mentioning our blog and the great job that Wallace has been doing in updating it. Little did I know, pretty much everybody in the class was also a member of Mary Ellen’s listserv, and had thus been checking out my blog. When I asked Ken, the executive director of MANL, to pose for a photo as he handed me my certificates, he said “It’s for your blog, isn’t it?” and class broke out into talk about the blog. So we all had a good laugh, because I don’t think I’ve ever been in a room with so many people who have read this blog before, and I may have freaked out upon hearing everyone say that. In a good way, of course.

Aimee

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Jill’s Trip!

Hey readers! Long time no see!

Our archivist, Jill, has recently visited the coast and I was able to have a chat with her about it. It seems like she really enjoyed herself and she had lots to share. So I would like to tell you guys about her experiences! She has visited:

  • Port Hope Simpson
  • Pinsent’s Arm
  • Mary’s Harbour
  • William’s Harbour
  • St. Lewis

That’s a lot of places for such a short time! (She and her family were gone for about a week!) She arrived in Port Hope Simpson first after a long drive. On the very next day she went to Pinsent’s Arm for an interview and then went solo to Mary’s Harbour and St. Lewis for some interviews. Her last stop was William’s Harbour before Jill decided to head back here! And that’s it!

Kidding!

What else did she do? Well Jill made the most of her time by conducting interviews for work, but she also had lots of fun. The coast has lots of fun things to do! Jill played on beaches with her kids, went for nice walks, picked seashells, visited family, etc. She spoke fondly of these things. She also had the pleasure of seeing some interesting wildlife: two black bears, a wolf, and a  porcupine. Now, there was one thing she seen that we don’t know the name of. She described it as a “small swirling sand, a sand tunnel”. If you know what it is let us know!

wallacechaulk@themdays.com 😉

Jill learned about rug hooking fro Greta Russell, the origin of William’s Harbour from Sam Penney, and she heard some interesting stories from Carl Larkham and Wallace Campbell. She had a good time!

Jill

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