Talk:Woman of the Century

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Edition: Prospectus and description of A woman of the century, index of biographies and partial list of contributors
Source: https://archive.org/stream/womanofcenturyfo00willan/womanofcenturyfo00willan_djvu.txt
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Portraits -- so frustrating![edit]

There are many portraits in here; but the Internet Archive has two different scans, and they are both 1-bit scans, i.e. terrible quality portraits. If anybody knows a way to get higher-quality versions of the ones cropped from the DJVU file, please share! I've now downloaded ~3GB of data for nothing. -Pete (talk) 23:51, 25 January 2018 (UTC)

I feel your pain! I tried to look for a better quality portrait of Florence Earle Coates from the Woman of the Century works available at IA some weeks ago with no luck. I would have happily contributed a better image of the poet to the project, as well as some others if I had found a good enough scan. Londonjackbooks (talk) 00:55, 26 January 2018 (UTC)
Well, truly high quality scans do not seem to exist at the Archive, but through mindless persistence I did seem to find highER quality scans. Here is a slight improvement on that file: File:FLORENCE EARLE COATES.jpg These are not easy to extract, but not impossible either. Seems to be one giant TIFF file here, with a different layer for each page, which you can extract one at a time with GIMP. It's all one-bit, but by changing it to greyscale and blurring it, it seems to come out halfway reasonable... -Pete (talk) 01:41, 26 January 2018 (UTC)
I appreciate your doing that. It looks great, and much clearer! I'll take a look at the file you linked to as well... Thank you :) Londonjackbooks (talk) 02:18, 26 January 2018 (UTC)
pete, when you overwrite, crop closer, and introduce moire effects, you are not improving the image. book scans are notoriously low resolution (to keep the file size down) if you want higher resolution, you would have to have a scanathon. i could take a flat bed scanner to LOC, but it is a huge backlog. Slowking4SvG's revenge 02:37, 26 January 2018 (UTC)
Responded on my Commons talk page. -Pete (talk) 18:57, 26 January 2018 (UTC)

Update: I've found there are much higher quality JP2 scans of the later editions of this book at the Internet Archive, e.g. Volume 1 (roughly A-K) and Volume 2 (roughly H-Z). -Pete (talk) 20:17, 15 November 2018 (UTC)