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  1. Cool! Anyone interested can browse the archive at https://tablinum.net. I will start with Peter Hahn right away. Thanks for the suggestions!
  2. Hi people, Is there any interest here in a catalog image archive? About four years ago, the pending demise of Bon Ton spurred me into action, archiving the entirety of their catalog images. Likewise with Sears, although that one still lives on. Since then, I've been hanging around digital archivist's forums and my side hobby sort of grew into a major undertaking. I wrote my own software to automate the HQ downloads and used AI to weed out images of products/clothing-only from the models. I built a website to browse the whole collection, then added features to organize the whole thing. Taking it further, I then added facial recognition on all the images to find the same model across multiple catalogs. Feature-wise, I feel the archive website is pretty complete, but the data (the images) is never complete. I have over 6M images right now from over 70 catalogs. Bellazon has been extremely helpful in putting names to faces, using the site's facial recognition capabilities. I would be immensely happy to have some assistance on identifying models and also some suggestions on what catalogs to archive next. Maybe for some of the adventurous, I could instruct on how to use my archiving tools to mass-download the images to add to the archive. Does this pique anyone's interest to hear more?
  3. Hello all, I'm been lurking this forum for about half a year and I'm especially thankful for the resources it provides. Over the last 3 years, I've been building an archive of catalog model images and the ability to match a name to a face has been very valuable. Obviously there are thousands upon thousands of models, so this task is never ending. I have in my archive database over 5M high resolution images from over 60 catalogs. I use custom-written software to automate the downloads and also implemented facial recognition to identify each model. Face recognition is definitely an imprecise technology, but it does work well enough for most cases. Unfortunately, I have over 16k faces identified in my archive and I have to clean and organize them up when I can. My time is spent researching new catalogs, downloading images, and cleaning out duplicates. There's not much time for database maintenance. I think this is the year I'm going to actually put the website out into the public. I've just been using it myself for organization and viewing. Thank you Bellazon for being a valuable tool to help me identify models.
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