Zines (old-timey edition)

January is a slow month, so I’ve been working on the University of Iowa Libraries Hevelin Collection transcription project on and off.

It’s pretty interesting; I’ve done a couple of Tale of the ‘Evans, and am working on the 1940 issue of Rocket at the moment. Seeing some familiar names, some less so (at least to me), and getting a nice glimpse into First Fandom. It’s particularly interesting because what I’ve done is before conventions were thick on the ground but also in the middle of WWII.

Best so far has been future Torcon II chair John Millard’s con report in Banshee, for the 1944 Eastercon. Rob Hansen’s site has a good write up on the convention here as well.

Interesting, although it was called Eastercon, and clearly was the national convention for the year, it is not considered part of the official Eastercon chronology as currently counted – I’m fuzzy on the logic of it but that’s Eastercon for ya.

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