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24 hours left. Time is almost out – we’re just about over and we’re a ways off from our realistic goal. We need your help and we can’t make it without your support. I know you’ve been hearing me beg, plead and cajole for the better part of 2 months, but we’re almost over now – literally hours away from being over – and we still need just a little bit more help before we have to stop. For those of you who haven’t heard about this fundraiser before – we’re trying to raise money to continue our work preserving, restoring and sharing the historic recordings that make up our Archive, The Gordon Skene Sound Collection. It’s a huge collection that goes back to the 1890’s (yes, cylinders) and we have thousands of hours of recordings we’re in the process of saving from destruction and deterioration. There are a LOT of fragile recordings – recordings from World War 2 that are preserved on glass discs that, when you handle them even slightly wrong, shatter into a million pieces – many of the rare newscasts, speeches and events you hear from that period come from those glass discs; the one’s we’ve preserved so far – but there are hundreds and hundreds more. There are original reel to reel tapes going back to 1947 – and there are tapes which are deteriorating quickly and need to be baked in order to be preserved on to a more stable medium.
And all of this to be preserved in order to be available to you to listen to, to download and to use because we believe that history shouldn’t be kept in a dark room, gathering dust. We feel it needs to be shared and referred to and discussed, because history is an on-going thing. What happens today has some connection with something that happened 5-10-75 years ago. And to hear how it unfolded then gives you some idea of how things often happen over and over again.
Past Daily has been around a little over 2 years and we’ve posted some 3500 rare recordings so far. We have over 150,000 more to share with you. But we can’t do it unless we have your TAX DEDUCTIBLE contributions to help us buy the necessary updated equipment, repair the vintage equipment for which there is no replacement – to hire engineers to help in the mastering process. To move to larger quarters where can finally have room to breathe, because at the moment our vault space is jammed to capacity, and moving anything runs the risk of damaging already fragile recordings.
And that’s why we need your help – we have hooked up with the people at Fractured Atlas in order to take advantage of our Non-Profit status so we are able to give you a tax write off at the end of this year for anything you decided to contribute. It’s a win-win situation, because we get to continue our work and you get to write us off.
So we need your help – any amount you are able to contribute will be grateful appreciated. If you can’t afford it – and I know times are tough, tell your friends about our site. If you like what we do, and you want to help, but can’t make it right now, your support by way of word-of-mouth is huge.
This has been my life the past few years – not only with the archive, but with Past Daily – putting up posts every day and giving you the best of what we have. It’s above all, a labor of love and I can’t think of a better way to give it back to you than to share it with you. Help me continue to do that.
Click on the link above or the headline just above the photo of our Piano-Playing Mascot and please make your CONTRIBUTION TONIGHT OR TOMORROW AT THE LATEST – AFTER THAT WE’RE DONE – We’ll make do with what we have so far, and I cannot express my gratitude and thankfulness enough for all your kindnesses – with contributions from $1.00 to $1,000.00 – from everyone who has made us your regular visit and hopefully to the new friends who will discover us as the days continue.
But for now, we’re asking – and we’re hoping you’ll answer. The rest is up to you.
To be continued . . . .
Past Daily – The Gordon Skene Sound Collection