Letters to Esther

Letters to Esther is a collection of letters written to Esther Munro of Geneva, Indiana. The letters span from 1900 to the 1960s, with the bulk of them coming from the 1920s.

Friday, March 17, 2006

**EDITORIAL NOTE: Finally, an Update!**

I spent the better part of last night creating a header graphic and playing around with formats. I think I've finally got something that I'm reasonably happy with. I decided to go with hand coding, because I couldn't find an automated way to get what I wanted. Yippee, more work. But, I think it'll work out okay. For now, I'm dumping everything into a sub-directory of the mother site, but that may change at a later date. If it does, at that point, I can also re-visit the issue of content management systems that might (or might not) do what I want automagically.

CC010_detailAnyway, if you want to take a look at a rough conceptual draft: Letters to Esther. There are only a few letters at this point, and Home is the only nav link in the header area that goes anywhere. I'm trying to make sure that the letters themselves are legible but not huge. At this point, the thumbnails are around 10k each and the full-size images are 30-40k for half sheets and 80k for full-sheets (many of the letters were written on a folded sheet of paper that opens like a book, with two small pages and an interior centerfold page).

I also scanned some photos that were included with the letters. One set is a mass-produced group of photos of the University of Chicago's buildings, c.1920. I've uploaded them to a Flickr set. The others are of the Indiana University Cosmopolitan Club's 1923 International Banquet. One of the photos shows Esther herself. I've created a Flickr group for those, as well.

[Cross-posted to the mother blog.]