Object Collection: Blank 3.5″ Floppy Disk

It’s been nine years¬†(wow!) since I last contributed something to my Object Collection¬†project, so this is a fun one. I was scanning photos and documents for my 20 year college reunion (which I flew back to Calgary for in October) and among my keepsakes was a 3.5″ floppy disk I used for school projects. I thought it would be fun to remind my classmates about our reliance upon the humble floppy disk in 1998 – and boy did we ever rely on it! I remember more than one student who kept using the same disk from the year before, and when it died and they lost their work they were shocked (I preached the gospel of backups even back then, but no one thinks it will ever happen to them…).

I scanned a 6 megapixel version of the disk, but it had writing on the label. I spent a couple of minutes in Photoshop CC trying to remove the writing but quickly realized it would take me at least 20 minutes of work to get it cleaned up, and I wasn’t confident I could do that good of a job. Here’s what the original looked like – it also had a nasty shadow up top I knew would be a pain to fix.

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Object Collection: Blank Generic Parking Ticket

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Blank generic parking ticket.
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Object Collection: Mexican Peso Coins

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Mexican $5 peso coin front
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Object Collection: Blank British Airways Boarding Pass

I happened to find an old British Airways boarding pass when I was going through some papers, so for my first official contribution to the newly created Object Collection category, I scanned it, cloned out portions of the text, and here you go:

small-british-airways-blank-boarding-passClick on the image above for the high-resolution version (4000 x 1637, 1.75 MB).

I also created a lower resolution PNG file that has a transparent background, good for using in a scrapbook layout – you can download that here (2000 x 819, 2.8 MB). If you’re looking for another blank boarding pass, check out the Air Canada one.

Be sure to check out the whole Object Collection category to find more scanned objects. These objects are free for personal use, but commercial use is prohibited without permission. Please see my Creative Commons License for further usage details.

The “Object Collection” Category

Back in November of 2006, in the first month I started this site, I scanned an Air Canada boarding pass at a high resolution, edited out all the identification information on it, and posted it on this blog. I did this because I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for, so I decided to create it and share it with others. Little did I know how popular that blog entry would become, and how many people were looking for exactly the same thing. Over the past 12 months, that one blog entry has gotten 22,868 page views, making it one of the more popular pages on this blog. I estimate that since first posting it in 2006, around 100,000 people have visited that page. The #1 Google search result for the terms “blank boarding pass”, and the #1 Google Images result is that page.

Since I’ve invested some time in improving my green-screen scanning technique, I’ve decided to launch a new category on this blog: the Object Collection category. I toyed with the idea of launching a new blog/site around this effort, but I don’t want to create more work for myself than I have to. So the objects I scan will be posted to this blog, with the goal of creating a collection of high-resolution, transparent objects in PNG or JPEG (if transparency isn’t required) format. I’ll likely do them in groups of similar objects, so there shouldn’t be more than one new post every few weeks with objects.

These objects are free for personal use, but commercial use is prohibited without permission. Please see my Creative Commons License for further usage details.