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Dear Customers... to be honest, I would like to have the opportunity to know about any catalog featuring old firearms you may have. I do nothing newer than 20 years old in order not to ruffle the feathers of companies still producing firearms and latter 20th century catalogs are a lower priority than the older ones. In some cases, I also like to borrow original catalogs of years where I have a reprint made from a photocopy, so please let me know what you have and would be willing to let me borrow to scan.
Whenever I scan a delicate old catalog with its covers hanging by a thread (and not wishing to be the one who detaches someone else's covers), I line up a bunch of paper clamps along the hinge of the book to hold the covers in place and then scan each page. This simple technique works wonders and saves old paper from harm. It also gives you handles to pick up the book!
The picture shows my book scanner. When I use the book scanner, the catalog hangs over the side of the scanner and only needs to be opened 90 degrees. This allows much less stress to be placed on the spine.
So there you have it, a tip that I hope will result in a torrent of eager collectors now willing and eager to let me scan their old gun catalogs... but, please call or write first, don't just send them because I may already have scans of that particular item. I still have hundreds of old catalogs on file that I haven't got to yet. Abby