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    Ddaddy I'm changing the World... one pixel at a time! FABO Gold Member

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    i have been working from home for the past few weeks and trying to stay busy in my down time from work. I have been restoring/reworking vintage magazine covers and magazine art. I have done close to 50 of them now and I figured I would share so others can be distracted for a little while viewing them.

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      Ddaddy I'm changing the World... one pixel at a time! FABO Gold Member

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        Ddaddy I'm changing the World... one pixel at a time! FABO Gold Member

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        Ddaddy I'm changing the World... one pixel at a time! FABO Gold Member

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        • toolmanmike

          toolmanmike FABO Staff Staff Member FABO Gold Member

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          Wow Dave. Those are really cool stuff
           
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          • Ddaddy

            Ddaddy I'm changing the World... one pixel at a time! FABO Gold Member

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            Thanks! Most of these images start as small badly degraded copies of 80+ year old basement issues that have been scanned at low resolution. The challenge in restoring them is part of why I do it.

            Here is an example of what I started with and what I turned it into...

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            • toolmanmike

              toolmanmike FABO Staff Staff Member FABO Gold Member

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              That is cool stuff.
               
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                I used to love those old mags. I did not realize my fortune at the time. We moved into what is now the "recently sold estate" when I was 6 years old in about 1954. This was the house that Gramps and Dad (and my Aunt) built. Gramps had stacks of old mechanics and science magazines from the '30's up through the 40's and 50's. I used to love to read those. In those days, some of the mechanics mags had a photography article each month, and a "radio" article each month. The WWII era ones were rife with articles on the war, and war machinery.

                "Gus Wilson" and his garage

                Who was the bald guy in Mechanics Illustrated who tested cars? OH YEAH, Tom McCahill. I can still remember vaguely, him on the cover, standing proudly beside a slab side Citroen (similar to one in American Graffittii) with the blazing headlines, "Can this be the world's ugliest car?"

                Unfortunately, time, and mildew took their toll
                 
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                  diymirage HP@idle > hondaHP@redline

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                  one of my favorite things to do as a kid was go out in the backyard and dig a trench
                  the i would cover up the top with wood and toss some more dirt on top for good measure and id have my very own "underground bunker"
                  i would snatch candles from the cellar and go in there and read my comics
                  of course, anything i drug out there stayed there, and sure enough, after a week or so, my comics got that peculiar smell to it...another week after that and the would start growing fuzz
                   
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                  44070dart How the hell did I get this old

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                  Dd where do you find them .. great to see.
                   
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                  Ddaddy I'm changing the World... one pixel at a time! FABO Gold Member

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                  I find them all over the Internet. A lot of them are from sales ads of people selling old magazines. They often do a quick scan of the cover for their ad.
                   
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                  • Ddaddy

                    Ddaddy I'm changing the World... one pixel at a time! FABO Gold Member

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                    Did a few new ones last night and today. I’m learning new techniques as I go to make them better.

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                    Always enjoy seeing your work!
                     
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                      Ddaddy I'm changing the World... one pixel at a time! FABO Gold Member

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                      I’m always looking for new ones that I haven’t seen before. Today, I found this one. Oh boy, it is in bad shape...but the content is too good to ignore. This might take me all day tomorrow to make decent.

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                      I should be working on the images that I owe people...just not able to do it for one reason or another. Have had several folks ask me to create a "Red Light Club" album, as well as some different edits for them...yet...
                       
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                      Well, it took me 5 hours...but I got it done! Turned out pretty well...



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                      • Ddaddy

                        Ddaddy I'm changing the World... one pixel at a time! FABO Gold Member

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                        A couple of new ones before I ran out of steam for today...

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                      • halifaxhops

                        halifaxhops It's going to get stupid around here! FABO Gold Member

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                        Those would look great on tin Dave!
                         
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                          Ddaddy I'm changing the World... one pixel at a time! FABO Gold Member

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                          Thanks, I haven’t figured out yet how I might want to print them. Metal, posters, plastic, vinyl. Will do a few different types as tests at some point.
                           
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                          Tooljunkie King of cobble/master of the broken bolt FABO Gold Member

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                          Some great stuff there,Dave!
                           
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                            Ddaddy I'm changing the World... one pixel at a time! FABO Gold Member

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                            The Disney stuff always makes for good images. I never realized that Sunoco had a contract to use Disney characters before I started restoring old images...

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                              Ddaddy I'm changing the World... one pixel at a time! FABO Gold Member

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                              Similarly, I never knew that Dr. Seuss did images for Standard oil/Esso back then either...

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                                Ddaddy I'm changing the World... one pixel at a time! FABO Gold Member

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                                A few new ones today...

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                                Ddaddy I'm changing the World... one pixel at a time! FABO Gold Member

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                                This one was the worst of the bunch today. Here is the before and after...

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                                  Ddaddy I'm changing the World... one pixel at a time! FABO Gold Member

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                                  Work stuff is slowing and I expect to be unemployed in few weeks based on how it is going. No worries, I have been long prepared for it. Like always, I will just find another gig.

                                  Since I had a fair amount of down time today, I did a few more including some new finds that I found quite interesting.

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