On June 22, 1930, the Winston-Salem Journal published a special section on local aviation, pointing out that the Twin City was one of the leading places in the South in this exciting new field. The article highlighted the three year old Miller Field (later Smith Reynolds Airport), which had been built specifically for the visit of Charles Lindbergh in 1927. It also chronicled the startup of the passenger service of Reynolds Aviation (later Camel City Flying Service, and, eventually, Piedmont Airlines) and the adventures of our own flying wunderkind, the then 18 year old Smith Reynolds.

Our collection includes an original copy of the first page of that section. Unfortunately, it had been stored folded, so when later unfolded, had separated into several different pieces, yellowed, fragile and crumbling. It was not much trouble to fit the pieces together to make a whole, except that the edges did not quite match up, and the upper left portion was missing.

For some, that is not a problem, because we have the whole page on microfilm. But there are several photographs on the page. Anyone who knows about microfilm knows that it is shot on high contrast film. That enhances the hard black and white text on the page, but plays havoc with the halftone photo images.

In the case of this page, most of the halftones were not particularly well done, so on microfilm they come out as muddy blurs. But pictures are at least as important as words. What to do?

I scanned the seven individual pieces at high resolution, then, using Photoshop, straightened and pieced them together to partially replicate the page. The result can be seen below. Fortunately, the missing piece has only one photograph, which reproduces fairly well from microfilm. When I have the time, I will add that to the image to give a mostly complete image of the page. Some of the items are continued on later pages of the paper. Since that is all text, it can all be retrieved via microfilm.

As always, click on the image to see it full size.

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