Dateline: 20 February 2015
|Screen shot of my new Agriphemera web site|
I have coined a new word, developed a new web site, and started a new online business. The word is Agriphemera. The web site is named Agriphemera. And I will be selling inexpensive agriphemera pdf downloads.
Agriphemera is agricultural ephemera. I explain it more At This Link.
The First Agriphemera download I'm offering is a copy of the 1898 Planet Jr. Tool Catalog. The number of people in the world who would be interested in having a copy of the 1898 Planet Jr. Tool catalog is, admittedly, pretty small, but that's agriphemera for you. Copies of the catalog sell on Ebay for quite a lot of money. I bought my copy several years ago for less than they are now selling for.
It is my intention to add a new Agriphemera download to the web site in a couple of weeks, and then add one approximately every week for the rest of this year. 2015 will be a time of testing. I'll evaluate the viability of the concept at the end of the year and decide to continue, or not.
The Agriphemera I sell will cover a wide range of agrarian and homesteading subjects. The downloads will offer historical perspective and/or how-to information about traditional skills associated with the rural home economy.
For example, the next Agriphemera download will explain exactly how to stick a turkey through the mouth to sever the neck artery and then where to stick the brain to loosen the bird's muscles and feathers. Killing turkeys in this manner is almost a lost art. I'm excited to know this information and to give it a try next time I raise some turkeys. Beyond that, the download will explain how turkeys were prepared for market in 1932. That information does not apply to today, but the historical perspective is downright interesting.
One neat feature of Agriphemera is that all new pdf downloads will sell for only $1.00 for the first four days. So if you have an interest in learning from my Agriphemera downloads, I recommend that you sign up for the e-mail option at the web site. You will get an e-mail notice whenever a new Agriphemera download is introduced.
The Agriphemera web site is actually a Blogger.com site. So, those of you who have a blog of your own, would like to help me spread the word about Agriphemera, can easily add the site to your blog's sidebar. And I thank you for that!
Some of you may recall that I Blogged About Selling PDF Downloads in March of 2014. I explained that I was using E-junkie to handle the download transactions, and that I was using Blueleaf Scanning to create the pdf files. The old Planet Jr. catalog was something of a test for the Blueleaf Scanning company. I wondered how well they would do with a fragile old book. It turns out they did a nice job. It came out clear and the pdf file is actually easier to read because it is bigger than the relatively small catalog.
So Agriphemera is an idea that has evolved as I've learned more about all of this. My E-junkie store, with all my pdf downloads (not just agriphemera) is At This Link.