Digitizing “Back to the Future”

Digitizing the original screen-used newspaper prop from "Back to the Future"

Digitizing the original screen-used newspaper prop from “Back to the Future”

One of the best parts about working here is that we get to see cool stuff every week, and we recently completed another really neat project. Creekside Digital was selected to digitize the original screen-used Hill Valley Telegraph newspaper prop from the movie “Back to the Future” that Michael J. Fox’s character pulls out of a trash can upon his arrival in 1955 to confirm that he has indeed traveled back in time.

The original newspaper is shown here being captured on our i2S CopiBook HD600 overhead scanner. This equipment allows us to capture items up to 17″ x 25″ quickly and at a very high level of quality, and we use it to shoot quite a number of newspapers, manuscripts, scrapbooks, ledgers, photographs, and other loose and bound items. In addition to the digitization, Creekside Digital was asked to manually retouch out all of the flaws in the images such as wrinkles and yellowing. Soon, pristine reproduction copies of this prop will be available for sale, with proceeds benefiting the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

The paper as held by Michael J. Fox in "Back to the Future"

The paper as held by Michael J. Fox in “Back to the Future”

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2 million objects digitized! That's pretty cool.TWO MILLIONTH OBJECT DIGITIZED!!!

In June 2016 we let you know our office hit 1 million objects digitized. It took us a little over 3 years to hit that mark. Now, less than 2 years later, we’ve piled on another million and have just hit our TWO MILLIONTH object digitized! We're making progress but we’re still just getting started!

And what object had the honor of being our two-millionth? This beautiful orchid from our ongoing project to digitize Smithsonian Gardens living orchids collection.

This plant, the two-edged Laelia (Laelia anceps) from Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras belongs to an unusually hardy family. Species have adapted to compete in crowded landscapes and can withstand harsh environments where few other plants can survive.

In early November, Mexicans celebrate the Day of the Dead to honor their dead relatives. Grave-sites are elaborately decorated with brightly colored and highly fragrant Laelia anceps orchids ranging in color from pale lavender to white.

In addition to objects digitized at Smithsonian Gardens, the road to this milestone has also included team members and objects from these museums:

- Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History
- Cooper Hewitt
- Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Galleries
- Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
- National Museum of American History
- National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution

... with many more to come! Thank you to all museums, object handlers and business partners that made this possible!
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2 million objects digitized!  Thats pretty cool.

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Filming Friday at Smithsonian Gardens with Smithsonian Enterprises. Stay tuned for a new video showing our digitization process of this special living orchid collection! ... See MoreSee Less

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