When I first started designing the Harvey Mercheum website, I wanted the exhibit pages to be as distraction-free as possible, which lead me to remove the sidebars. I also wanted the pages to be printable. Even without sidebars, I was not happy with the output from the Internet browser File->Print, so I investigated options. I found the WP-Print plugin and have been using it since the website launched in 2014. The output originally looked like this:Continue reading →
Well, it is official, Google has deleted the Harvey Mercheum Google+ page. Thank you to everyone who supported it over the years.
Today is the historic five year anniversary of the Harvey Mercheum! 19 new exhibits were posted during the fifth year of operation, narrowly missing tying for least exhibits posted. While it would be easy to be upset with this number, I am actually quite pleased, because eight of the nineteen were guest exhibits! Thank you everyone who contributed this past year.Continue reading →
Today we have the last new exhibit for the fifth year of operation of the Harvey Mercheum website. For the occasion, I decided to do something special and post the last of the Larami rack toys in the permanent collection. It was a Larami rack toy that was the first exhibit in the Harvey Mercheum, so it is sad for me to draw this chapter to a close. And unlike the JA-RU rack toys, I have not seen any other Larami rack toys, so this really might be the end of them.Continue reading →
I mentioned recently how an interview got me thinking about the content of the Harvey Mercheum website. After the interview, I was inspired to create the JA-RU rack toys white paper. The interview has now been published as this week’s Scoop e-newsletter’s “Main Event”! You can read it here:
It’s hard to believe it’s been over four years since the Harvey Mercheum was Scoop’s “Savvy Site”. If you would like to receive Scoop, the form is available here:
A recent interview got me thinking about the content of the Harvey Mercheum website, and about how I could add more value for you, my readers. While I consider the exhibit pages, with their photographs and tables of interpretive information, to be the content of this website, I realized that I considered my analysis of the JA-RU rack toy collection to be the most truly original piece of work I have done to date. I have now reformatted the blog post onto the new Harvey Mercheum letterhead and created a white paper in Portable Document Format (PDF) that you can download, print and read.Continue reading →
Continuing preparations for Google+ shutting down on April 2, I have removed Google+ from the choices given in the “Please share this post:” section at the top of each Mercheum Blog post. I have also removed the Google+ badge and link to my personal profile from the “About Jonathan Sternfeld” section below each blog post. While I was working on my profile, I also made some changes to it to make it more compact so that users on mobile devices will have less scrolling on blog posts.
Today is SiteGround‘s 15th anniversary! The Harvey Mercheum website has been hosted by SiteGround for just over two years now, and I have been very happy so far. Congratulations SiteGround, here’s to many more! Check out this infographic showcasing some of their milestones: