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Author Topic: English Mechanic and World of Science Collection  (Read 913 times)
maizar
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« on: August 23, 2016, 04:41:46 am »

Anyone seen this collection before?  Shocked I thought this was interesting.. to say the least.

Like was noted there, there's no copyright problem here so it would be great to get a hold of this collection!
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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2016, 06:25:59 am »

Nice find.
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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2016, 10:56:20 am »

Great find- thanks!

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« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2016, 04:46:47 pm »

I wonder if someone can't assemble a complete package, perhaps we should put together a group buy?
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« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2016, 10:54:41 pm »

Any further thoughts on a group buy since we're not seeing any action in collecting these?
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« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2016, 02:32:33 am »

Fascinating - should be a good diversion for the upcoming rainy season.

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« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2016, 03:49:52 am »

Indeed. It is a real hassle to pick them apart individually. Has anyone found any other resources yet to acquire these vs buying the set outright here?
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« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2016, 07:03:30 pm »

The google source scans are available here: ARCHIVE.ORG
They are in book form, roughly 500-odd pages and complete with drawings, covering multiple issues of the weekly magazine.  I don't know if / how many volumes are missing, but most of the mid to late 19th century seems to be covered from what I can see. Later 20th century versions may have issues with copyright in some countries, and therefore may not be available yet, even if scanned.  Or they could just be missing from the scanned collection... Undecided


By-the-way, I would grab the PDF versions of the links, it is a full scan of the actual pages, which looks a little nicer when reading - be warned it is a slightly large size though (circa 150Mb or so).
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« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2016, 02:12:20 am »

Good call there it seems. Are there only 15 though really? If I add quotes and sort by date published, I only see 15 results here.
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« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2016, 08:17:33 am »

So far I have collected the following:
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English Mechanic - Volume 2 (1866).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 9 (1869).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 11 (1870).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 23 (1876).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 27 (1878).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 31 (1880).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 34 (1882).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 35 (1882).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 38 (1884).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 41 (1885).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 42 (1886).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 45 (1887).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 47 (1888).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 49 (1889).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 51 (1890).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 52 (1891).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 53 (1891).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 54 (1892).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 55 (1892).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 99 (1914).pdf
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« Reply #10 on: September 16, 2016, 10:42:50 am »

Cool!
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« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2016, 09:54:19 pm »

Google Books also has vol. 10 https://books.google.com/books?id=7elBAQAAMAAJ&dq=%22english+mechanic%22+vol+10&source=gbs_navlinks_s, 13 https://books.google.com/books?id=FHoAAAAAMAAJ&source=gbs_book_other_versions, 15 https://books.google.com/books?id=13oAAAAAMAAJ&source=gbs_book_other_versions, 24 https://books.google.com.pe/books/about/English_Mechanic_and_World_of_Science.html?id=loEAAAAAMAAJ, 28 https://books.google.com/books?id=8HwAAAAAMAAJ&source=gbs_book_other_versions, 32 https://books.google.com/books?id=7OWtDwfCHgcC&source=gbs_book_other_versions, 39 https://books.google.com/books?id=33gAAAAAMAAJ&source=gbs_book_other_versions, 56 https://books.google.com/books?id=DIUAAAAAMAAJ&source=gbs_book_other_versions, 57 https://books.google.com/books?id=rIQAAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA11&dq=%22english+mechanic%22+vol+57&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjjtuTc3ZTPAhViImMKHUlMCvcQ6AEIHDAA#v=onepage&q&f=false, 75 https://books.google.com/books?id=4kA_AQAAMAAJ&dq=%22english+mechanic%22+vol+9&source=gbs_navlinks_s. There may well be others - Google likes to hide things. I found three of these while writing this post.

Vol 99 is just one issue - 2571, I think. http://www.englishmechanic.com/issue2571.pdf. Issue 1 http://www.englishmechanic.com/issue001.pdf, 218 http://www.englishmechanic.com/issue218.pdfand 1989 http://www.englishmechanic.com/issue1989.pdf are available as well.

I haven't found vol. 51, where did you get it, if I may inquire?
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« Reply #12 on: September 16, 2016, 10:44:07 pm »

Any way we can upload to a central repo so we can collect and share more easily and see what we have? Thinking if we can put them onto a server somewhere it might make it easy to share the load of collecting them all.
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« Reply #13 on: September 17, 2016, 12:19:25 am »

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I haven't found vol. 51, where did you get it, if I may inquire?

I believe I got it on Archive.org or Google Books.  Not sure, been sifting through them and caught a bit more that you also listed. Grateful that you're providing some links as I've now collected those as well. I would like to put them into a central location for all of us to enjoy if possible, but it is hard just hunting and pecking about finding them all by my lonesome at present. I cannot believe how many there are of this gem!
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« Reply #14 on: September 17, 2016, 01:34:21 am »

Update: I now have collected the following:
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English Mechanic - Volume 1 (1865).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 2 (1866).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 9 (1869).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 10 (1870).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 11 (1870).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 12 (1871).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 13 (1871).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 14 (1872).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 15 (1872).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 23 (1876).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 24 (1876-7).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 26 (1878).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 27 (1878).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 28 (1879).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 31 (1880).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 32 (1881).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 34 (1882).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 35 (1882).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 36 (1883).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 38 (1884).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 39 (1884).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 41 (1885).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 42 (1886).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 45 (1887).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 47 (1888).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 49 (1889).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 51 (1890).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 52 (1891).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 53 (1891).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 54 (1892).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 55 (1892).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 56 (1893).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 57 (1893).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 75 (1902).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 77 (1903).pdf
English Mechanic - Volume 99 (1914).pdf
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« Reply #15 on: September 18, 2016, 03:36:21 am »

Yeah we really need a place to dump the files and share them out - and any other similar stuff to exchange.

I also have near complete collection of every issue of Scientific American from 1845 to about 1900 (some scanned issues were corrupted or missing and so these only consist of a few random pages / news articles I could recover). It's about 40Gb or so total, but each issue is around 10 - 15 Mb in size, I think. (yes, I had to download each one manually, and yes it took a looooong time!)


Anyone know of a safe file-sharing website?
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« Reply #16 on: September 18, 2016, 06:50:09 pm »

Wow. That's remarkable and fantastic. Aside from torrents, I'm not sure. It seems we should be able to perhaps use something akin to Google Docs that has large storage for collaborative building and correction. Hmmm
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« Reply #17 on: September 19, 2016, 04:31:19 am »

Two possibilities come to mind.
If the documents are stored elsewhere on the Internet and have a URL to retrieve them then we might persuade the powers that be to allow us a “Resources” page where we could post the URL for those who are interested.
An alternative would be to start a “Free” Wordpress site and list the URLs there.
  • We would need to have several users with rights to post the links or several users with admin rights to vet new links as they arrive to delete spam.
  • Then we would need to remind BG that there is the resource available at regular intervals so new users find the resource after joining.

If it really entails hosting large files then we will run out of room very quickly on free hosting sites. Someone would need to start a site with this type of hosting in mind.
You must have downloaded the files to start with? Do you have the links or is there more involved that just downloading from a link.
The next issue would be copyright, depends what we decide to host as content.
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« Reply #18 on: September 22, 2016, 11:06:26 pm »

Copyright wise, these should be free due to their age... But I just don't know since Google has done a lot of the scanning. I'm just not clear on what is and what is not "allowed" openly about these. They're all over 100 MB essentially; many over 200-300.
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