|From the 1878 Portland City Directory|
Some time back I promised to update my old Portland waterfront history website, and I have been plugging away at it for some time now. The most difficult part, for someone like me, is images. Were I unscrupulous I could easily load the site up with images stolen from university websites, navy history sites, and the like, but I actually believe that digital media has as much right to ownership as any other media. So, although the process has been slow, there will be a completely new www.portlandwaterfront.org very soon--and it will be bulging at the seams with pictures.
|The grain docks of Albina from the West Hills|
Since my book, Portland's Lost Waterfront, is now finished (and bulging with pictures), and will be out in November, I have decided that the residue of the images, the ones I ddn't use, and belong to me personally, will be made available on the www.portlandwaterfront.org website in fairly large format (1020 pixel width). I will also be able to complement the book by going into greater detail on some issues. I plan to send the final version of the book off to History Press either later today, or tomorrow--so wish me luck.
It can currently be pre-ordered at this link: http://www.amazon.com/Barney-Blalock/e/B008WAZXU2/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1
Let it not be said that I was too shy to make a sale.
Portland in the early 1870s
This book has already helped me in several important ways: I am now ten times better at researching that I ever thought possible, I have become reacquainted with my old friend Thomas Robinson, who has graciously allowed me the pleasure of looking at old negatives of the waterfront for hours on end. And I can see how naive it was for me to put together my little website, way back in 2004. I feel as though I have been living in the 19th century for some time now. I have spent as many as 12 hours at a time reading old newspaper articles, so with the eye of a 19th century man I look at my old website and I say:
"This could stand a bit of improvement."
Fear not, improvement is on its way.