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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Smithsonian Mass Digitization
Take a moment to enjoy our latest video short of the Mass Digitization project recently completed with Smithsonian Gardens!

This living collection has grown from five plants to over 6,000 specimens since it was established in 1974 and is considered a globally important repository of orchid biodiversity.

Our project digitized the complete collection of over 6,000 Orchid Plants at a rate of approximately 120 plants daily. Multiple views were taken of every plant and can be searched online via collections.si.edu/

The orchid collection is an invaluable resource for scientific research, educational programs, and exhibitions across the Smithsonian!
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