Hal Winters' War
1914 - 1919
About the Diaries
six little pocket books have survived years of neglect, packed
away in old boxes and occasionally brought out for puzzled
examination. The tiny writing and variable writing instruments made
them very difficult to decipher.
It was only the publicity surrounding the centenary of the Great War that
made us decide we must do something with them.
Fortunately, we discovered that putting simple camera images of
the pages onto a computer, enlarging them and fiddling around
with colour balance and contrast made them much more readable.
Here is how it looks after enlarging it and fiddling with contrast etc.
Here is an example of a diary page which is a reasonably accurate rendition of how the original looks;
nevertheless remain many spots where the words or spelling or meaning
remain unclear. There are also spots where Hal made cryptic or coded
entries, some in easily translated morse code and others in mixed
characters or Esperanto. The back pages of the diaries provide
clues to this, so we reproduce some of these below. To examine them
more closely, right click in the image, select open in new tab, click
on that tab and on the "+" sign offered. Viewers who might
like to make suggestions of
interpretation are invited to use the feedback link.
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