Another year has come and gone. Volume 2 of Work is at its end. Volume 3 will dawn next Friday.
For you loyal Workateers, as well as those of you just joining the fray, you can click on the thumbnail to the left for an Index of Volume 2. Topics, illustrations, and "SHOP" articles going back twelve months are listed therein. I've had a lot of requests for this document, so I'm very happy to be able to post it now.
Fair warning to all, the following volumes of Work will come from bound library copies, and for reasons known only to long dead librarians, the advertisements have all been cut out. I suppose we'll all have to make do with only our fond memories of Beecham's and Bovril. Each an indispensable panacea for the bilious and nervous disorders of this modern age.
Now bear with me for the boring bits:
Disclaimer: Articles in Work: The Illustrated Weekly Journal for Mechanics describe materials and methods that would not be considered safe or advisable today. We are not responsible for the content of these magazines, and cannot take any responsibility for anyone attempting projects or procedures described therein.
The first issue of Work was published on March 23rd, 1889. The goal of this project is to release digital copies of the individual issues starting on the same date in 2012, effectively republishing the materials 123 years to the day from their original release.
The original printing was on thin, inexpensive paper. There are many cases of uneven inking and bleed-through from the page behind. Our copies of Work come from bound library volumes of these issues and are subject to unfavorable trimming, missing covers, etc. To minimize harm to these fragile volumes, we've undertaken the task of scanning the books ourselves. We do considerable post processing of the scans to make them clear but please bear with us if a margin is clipped too close, or a few words are unreadable. We would like to thank James Vasile and Karl Fogel for their help in supplying us with a book scanner and generally enabling this project to get off the ground.
You are welcome to download, print, and pretty much do what you want with the scan for your own personal purposes. Feel free to post a link or a copy on your blog or website. All we ask is a link back to the original project and this blog. We are not answering requests for commercial downloads or reprinting at this time.