I’ve discovered that Marina’s article, “How Dangerous are Euphorbias?“, is quoted and linked around the Internet. Including at Wikipedia. I had already put it back online here at The Amateurs’ Digest Archive, but I’ve just added the question and answer exchange at the end, along with pictures. Hope you enjoy it.
Euphorbia myrsinites Plant & Photo: M. & R. Welham, Canada
Robert Streul, USA Euphorbia drupifera (earlier known as Elaeophorbia drupifera) This tree from tropical Africa should be handled with extreme care. The latex is very dangerous. It can cause blindness. 26.9.05
Euphorbia tirucallii,, Photo: Andrea Randazzo – Italy
And, totally cool, I have discovered that we can have round thumbnails in WordPress galleries! They work like regular thumbnails, just click on a round picture and the gallery slideshow will launch.
A new tab has been added on the top menu, far-right, “Questions & Answers” with the first drop-down dated April 9, 2001.
I’ve gone back to the old logo but added a new flower to it from one of Marina’s own plants from the hothouse window on their breakfast room. Moved the sticky post of Marina with BB, her parrot to the sidebar with a link to that post on the photo of Marina and her bird.
Have yourself a great day. Thank you for visiting.
There’s a cartoon at page 9 of this issue with the article, “Dual Speakers: A Dual Solution” by Calvin J. Eichler. The two people shaking hands are the spitting image of Roy and Marina, God knows where they found this cartoon, but it’s a real hoot, if you knew them. If you never met them, now you know.
By the way, if you need to OCR scans of documents, this is a great online free tool. I’m using it for The Amateurs’ Digest:
Too bad I didn’t find it sooner. But, I’m using it now, and for some of the cactus and succulent photos, a 200% enlargement really increases the detail and color. So, if you have old, little photos, this is the tool for you.
It’s at https://www.photoenlarger.com/ and it’s by Zygomatic. It’s free, and it takes about 5-10 seconds to convert a small photo into a big one. Four quality versions are offered, I always take the first.
You can really see the full effect of some of these enlargements if you look at the image above in the carousel over here:
Triumphantly, I have just rescued quite a lot of photos from The Amateur’s Digest that are scattered in the Wayback Machine.
Marina’s original web pages are a standard menu to which articles and pictures of plants were added over time. When the Wayback Machine takes a snapshot of a web site, it usually doesn’t copy the whole thing.
So, in order to find missing photos in The Amateurs’ Digest site, I have to scroll year by year and month by month through each standard menu page in the Wayback Machine in search of versions of each page where the Wayback captured images it missed in other snapshots.
Tonight, I found a lot of “missing” pictures. Very happy. I’ve also moved all the gallery pics onto one continuous page. Check out the Gallery now.
Thanks for visiting. I’m Kathleen, Marina’s daughter, and I don’t know anything about cactus plants, I’m just the web girl.
I love the cute sub-tabs, but I think I’ll eventually have to move these titles onto a single page, under the main tab, for easier access. I’m also not dating them, except where a date or a partial date appears in the text of the article. I can’t easily tell the date when they were published originally, because the Wayback Machine copies these pages on dates of its own.
So far, the following articles from Marina Welham’s The Amateurs’ Digest have been revived:
I just had a wonderful gift by email from someone who knew Marina in the year or so before she died. Marina didn’t like having her picture taken, but she allowed this one so long as her face was not in the viewfinder.
This is the last known photo taken of Marina Josephine Welham, Editor of The Amateurs’ Digest at 8591 Lochside Drive off Bazan Bay in Sidney, North Saanich, British Columbia.
At the same time, let me add photos of Marina’s home greenhouses, found at a realtor’s page for the sale of the property at 8591 Lochside Drive.
The little scanner from eBay doesn’t do color very well, it defaults to Black and White (reason for the sale?), so the ivory covers of the journals don’t show up. You’ll have to imagine it: back and front, inside back and front: ivory.
That said, I am pleased to present the first journal scanned from the lot I acquired on eBay this month to really kick-start this web site. Here it is, Volume 6, Issue 1, May 1994, just click on the cover photo (or on the title below it) to visit the embed page:
You will notice there is now an asterisk (*) on the 1994 tab in the top horizontal menu at this web site. Whenever I add material to a date on the menu, I will add an asterisk to the year, so you don’t have to search all the years to see if there’s anything in them. Just go straight to the “star”.
The scans of the little 7″ x 8.5″ journals were done at 300 DPI as bmps. Each bmp is 2049 x 2534. All were then converted to PDF using IrfanView. The edges were then cleared up using the same IrfanView. The individual PDFs were linked into a single journal using PDF Tools.
The final searchable (OCR’d) PDF is hosted online in Scribd, for the purpose of embedding it here, at The Amateurs’ Digest Archive.
The final document is 100% free to read online, you can even copy snippets of text, but downloading has been disabled. I really don’t think it would be fair to have zillions of PDF copies all over the Internet being used for whatever purposes. Copyright belongs to The Amateurs Digest Archive and to me, Marina’s daughter: according to her Will, her Executor and sole Heir. Eventually, as volumes become complete, I might consider producing them in Volume groups in the form of paperbacks.
However, I see that Marina had a special issue with each volume, and I’m not yet sure what that means. Did Marina enhance one of the six annual issues and call it “special”, or did she produce a seventh issue as a “special issue”? If you know, please tell me, because if they are extra, I will have to find the special issues.
Yes, the National Library and Archives of Canada (it seems to have been denationalized lately by changing its name to Library and Archives Canada, which I reject), does have Marina’s ISSNs, after all, but they don’t show up on a direct search of their catalog, Amicus; I only found the records by way of links to the ISSN’s at Worldcat.
The copies of Marina’s journals at The National Library and Archives Canada are in preservation off-site, and this usually constitutes a serious problem for researchers, because they don’t bother to photocopy or scan them before they put ’em in the “freezer”. So, there is no copy of any kind to consult unless you take a bus to Ottawa, stand in front of the preservation facility and peer through the glass. Or have a protracted email argument with the librarians who really resent having to get things out of preservation to scan them, as I know because I’ve done it before. And their scans are not going to be publication quality and they won’t let a guest walk in and do it.
So, the National Library and Archives of Canada may not be a great place, after all, to get copies of Marina’s old journals.
I will have to keep scouring the Internet and call on friends and colleagues of Marina’s to come up with things. Notably, with special issues, CD Roms, and in the internet era, PDF booklets that Marina was dispensing. In particular, I would like to find the old CD ROMS because I presume the plant photos contained would be larger and much nicer to work with today, on this web site.
I have given Marina’s old advertisers a boost by adding their names to the TAGS on this post and on on the embed-page, so if these growers are still in business, they may get some visitors looking for them.
It may be awhile before I scan another one of these journals, because this one took hours. I’ve been at it since noon today, and it’s now nearly 21:30 in Montreal. However, I will do one every time I need a break from my regular work, which has taken a back seat to getting this basic site online, for now.
I hope you all enjoy the newly scanned, old paper issue of Marina Welham’s The Amateur’s Digest from May 1994 (Volume 6, Issue 1). Please let me know if you recognize any of the contents from her later web site, because I wonder if she re-used — pardon me: recycled — any of her paper journals when she took the magazine live.
Here’s to you, Marina!
Have a great day.
This is a real dream for the future. Once enough of Marina’s work has been recovered, an editor who knows the field, perhaps even someone who worked with Marina on her journals, perhaps several authors and editors each with a specialty, would like to collaborate to prepare an Illustrated Encyclopedia from the journals.
I love botanical paintings and illustrations, and it would be amazing to see The Amateurs Digest Archives produce a library-quality Encyclopedia of the plants covered by Marina’s publications.
If you like the idea, please comment.
If you are a potential editor, please be in touch!
If you are a botanical illustrator, who might enjoy this project, let me know! Would love to see your work!