Frisco Employee Magazines

Discussion in 'General' started by Peddling Joe, Oct 10, 2011.

  1. Peddling Joe

    Peddling Joe Frisco Employee

    The Railroad Historical Museum, Inc. in Springfield, MO is in the process of sorting out the Frisco Employee Magazines that have not been digitized. This also includes the ALL ABOARD magazines and later different varities of the BN and later BN-SF magazines. We have over 50 editions that need digitized.

    We need your input: Have the Mar 1937, June 1937, Jan-Feb 1938 and August 1938 editions been digitized?
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  2. Peddling Joe

    Peddling Joe Frisco Employee

    Frisco Employee Magazines

    Frisco employee magazines were published to serve the interests of active and retired Frisco employees. This collection consists of 185 complete magazines dating from 1902-1935. The magazines are in PDF format. The free AdobeĀ® ReaderĀ® is required to view them. For more information about the collection, click here. Search Magazines Browse Magazines

    Click on an issue to view a listing of the PDFs for that issue. December 1902 January 1920 January 1930 December 1903 February 1920 February 1930 September 1904 March 1920 March 1930 May 1908 April 1920 April 1930 January 1909 November 1923 May 1930April 1909 September 1924 June 1930 August 1910 October 1924 July 1930 January 1911 November 1924 August 1930 March 1911 December 1924 September 1930 April 1911 January 1925 October 1930 July 1911 February 1925 November 1930 December 1911 March 1925 December 1930 January 1912 April 1925 January 1931 March 1913 May 1925 February 1931 June 1913 June 1925 March 1931 July 1913 July 1925 April 1931 August 1913 August 1925 May 1931 September 1913 September 1925 June 1931 October 1913 October 1925 July 1931 November 1913 November 1925 August 1931 February 1914 December 1925 September 1931 March 1914 January 1926 October 1931 April 1914 February 1926 May 1932 May 1914 March 1926 December 1932 June 1914 April 1926 February 1933 August 1914 May 1926 April 1933 September 1914 June 1926 May 1933 October 1914 July 1926 June 1933 November 1914 August 1926 July 1933 December 1914 September 1926 August 1933 May 1915 October 1926 September 1933 January 1916 November 1926 October 1933 February 1916 December 1926 November 1933 March 1916 January 1927 January 1934 May 1916 February 1927 February 1934 June 1916 March 1927 March 1934 July 1916 April 1927 April 1934 August 1916 May 1927 May 1934 October 1916 June 1927 June 1934 November 1916 July 1927 July 1934 December 1916 August 1927 August 1934 January 1917 September 1927 September 1934 February 1917 October 1927 October 1934 March 1917 November 1927 November 1934 April 1917 December 1927 December 1934 May 1917 January 1928 January 1935 June 1917 February 1928 February 1935 July 1917 March 1928 March 1935 September 1917 April 1928 April 1935 October 1917 May 1928 May 1935 November 1917 June 1928 July 1935 December 1917 July 1928 August 1935 January 1918 August 1928 September 1935 February 1918 September 1928 March 1918 October 1928 November 1918 November 1928 December 1918 December 1928 January 1919 January 1929 February 1919 February 1929 March 1919 March 1929 April 1919 April 1929 May 1919 May 1929 June 1919 June 1929 July 1929 August 1929 September 1929 October 1929 November 1929 December 1929
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  3. Peddling Joe

    Peddling Joe Frisco Employee

    The Railroad Historical Museum, Inc. successfully completed the sorting of the Frisco Employee Magazines and some other limited items but due to several concerns, have shelved the project, at least temporarily.

    Items of concern include:
    1) Financing the project, although it is very reasonable and doable.

    2) Once digitized, there seems to be concerns of others capitalizing on this work.

    Not a concern, but of a very helpful and informative nature, the U.S. 1940 Census's will be made public on April 2,2012. Also, according to a local librarian, the Frisco Employee Cards have been curtailed prior to the 1930 census. Even if it is OK to publish them with the 1940 census reports,
    there probably will be a time delay for this to happen.

    It will be 2022 year before the 1950 census reports are made public, unless the laws are changed.
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  4. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    Since the thread was closed, I thought I would ask; What would the cost be to finish the project? We may have donors that would contribute to that specific project.
    Contact me via PM and I will post the response.
  5. frisco1522

    frisco1522 Staff Member Staff Member

    I still wish all of the Frisco First magazines would materialize somewhere on the net. They were excellent.
  6. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    According to Peddling Joe, in Oct 2011 there were 1,628 pages that had not been digitized. A reputable firm will digitize them, etc, for $1.25 per page for a total of $2,035.
  7. arkrail

    arkrail Member Supporter

    Has anything further happened with the project to digitize Frisco employee magazines? If not, is there any interest among members to at least develop a master list of who has which magazines, so that some research assistance could be given on projects which are might lead to publication of interesting Frisco information?

    As a sidebar question, when did the "Frisco First" version of the magazine exist, and when did it change from a newspaper to a magazine format? My notes indicate that it started in an unknown month of 1936, initially as a newspaper, but had shifted to a magazine format by 1941. How long was Frisco First published - did it continue through World War II, or was publication suspended during the war and then restarted when "All Aboard" appeared in January 1947?

    Bill Pollard
  8. FriscoCharlie

    FriscoCharlie Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    I have a lot of old employee magazines that are going to be introduced through the Frisco Archive. You can count on those coming (thanks to Manny and Keith).

    Anything else that is available will be introduced as it becomes possible.
  9. frisco1522

    frisco1522 Staff Member Staff Member

    I would love to see all of the Frisco First digitized. It seems like in the late '20s and into the '30s they were more interested in employee clubs and activities. There's some good stuff in the Frisco First.
  10. Peddling Joe

    Peddling Joe Frisco Employee


    The late Max Jahn & I, plus help from many sources, spend lots of hours on this. Our goal was to obtain a grant from
    TRAINS magazine to digitize the outstanding issues.
    We were unsuccessful in getting the grant but I did save all or most of the information on hard copy and on the computer.

    I notice under Re: Jjoint Conventionl with MPHS in 2014 my article reads,in part
    "Frisco First issues from 1937-38" issues caught my eye."

    Another submittal gives the number of pages we found that had not been digitezed (at the time of writing)
  11. FriscoCharlie

    FriscoCharlie Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    Again, we seek anything we can get to be introduced through the Frisco Archive. We have a lot to come but we seek more.
  12. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter

    I think what Charlie is implying is; if you can get it to us, we will get it done.
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  13. Peddling Joe

    Peddling Joe Frisco Employee

    -----Original Message-----
    From: jgfelin <e-mail removed>
    To: support <e-mail removed>
    Sent: Sun, Dec 13, 2015 8:22 pm
    Subject: Re: FriscoCharlie started a conversation with you: "Magazines"

    Quick check indicates it was 2011 when a major attempt was made to see what we had at the RR Historical Museum, what Mr. Griesemer had in his collection and what the local library had. There were also some replies from various locations, including the QA&P Ry.

    Then we checked to see what had been digitized and concluded there were some missing issues available from various locations that had not been digitized. Probably I can come up with this information?

    Since this research a few issues have been donated but we have not gone through them to see if and how many might be missing issues.

    I see a great need for digitizing and cataloging these issues. Most of the information I have saved as an individual is available. Our museum's
    financial resources are focused on raising at least $12,000 before Dec . 31 to permit signing an agreement with the contractor for the replica depot.
    Maybe someone can see a method of successfully completing both projects? is a short term fundraiser and even
    $1.00 donation would add another name to our supporters of the depot.
    Joe G Felin
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  14. FriscoCharlie

    FriscoCharlie Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporter


    The problem was that you can't reply to those private messages by e-mail. You have to use the conversations/private messages feature here on the site.

    I removed the e-mail addresses from the post so that spammers can't harvest them.

    As far as digitizing something, I try to scan something every day, whether it is a few pages or an entire product. I am scan-crazy and I've put in hundreds of hours on it.

    If people want to scan themselves and not submit material, I can accept raw scans directly from any scanner via Dropbox and I will crop, resize, and put together PDFs. All people have to do is provide raw scans and again, they can come directly from your scanner to my computer with no problem.

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