Thursday, June 5, 2008

We've Hit the 100 Mark -- 100 Postings

I am happy to say that we've hit a milestone -- 100 posts (102, actually, with this posting). If you haven't already done so, click on the archives and read all of our articles. Or use the search feature to find articles about a particular drum or manufacturer.

Daily visits are now in the 50-70 range and growing. Readers are coming from all over the globe, and many are contributing photos and information about their drums which will make for interesting reading in the weeks to come.

But now it's time that we hear for the collectors out there (you know who you are). It's your turn to share the wealth that you've been accumulating in your basements and garages. Send us photos and written material so the rest of the world can learn from and enjoy the treasures that you've acquired.

It's important to keep in mind that the old drums we all love are part of the rich cultural patrimony of our nation. They don't belong in your basement any more than an original of the Declaration of Independence. Those drums, or at least images of them and information about them, belong on the Internet. This non-commercial, pro bono publico website is as good a place as any to start.

So, get out your digital cameras and take pictures of your drums. Then send those photos to us so we can post them with whatever information you might have. We'll even do additional research.

You'll be doing a good deed and working to preserve the history you would otherwise merely be appropriating to yourself until financial circumstances cause you or your executors to put the drums back on the market. After all, our custody of these drums is only temporary. They were here before we arrived and, with care, will be around long after we've departed.

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