Thursday, January 6, 2011

Reading the Flip Side of the Page

This is part of a letter that was in the application file for George Drollette when he was applying for a job in China with the consulate at the turn of the 20th century. We've discussed Drollette before in Casefile Clues. These records are from when he was employed by the US government in China in the 1900s. The problem was that the National Archives did not copy the back of this letter. Fortunately with a scanner it was easy to alter a scan of the image in order to see what it said.With a litle work one can read between the typed letters.

We'll have a transcription of the relevant parts in an upcoming issue of Casefile Clues. Subscribe now and get in on the fun.

1 comment:

  1. re: they didn't copy reverse side

    I once ordered a Civil War pension file from NARA and upon reading it, found that a key page too light a copy to read. I ordered another copy of the file -- they weren't too expensive then -- and made a note asking for that page to be copied dark. The NARA clerk did a fine job complying with my request and the second, darker copy was readable.