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Final version posted on 3/4/10

 A Curious Artist's Timeline
By Christine Cox


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Some printers lose the edges of the text. You can change the document to print to your printer's margins by doing the following:

  • While in the PDF document (you see the timeline on your screen) click File>Print

  • Change the page scaling to "reduce to printer's margins"

  • Click OK

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Are you having trouble viewing the timeline? You might consider downloading a more recent copy of Adobe Reader. If that doesn't help, sorry, that's the limit of my knowledge on this.  ;-)

5/13/10 Oh boo hoo! My editing software will no longer open the timeline. I think I've hit some size limit. So, the timeline will remain as is. Please feel free to download it and use it for whatever you'd like. I'd love to see a photo if you do anything cool with it.

3/4/10 I love learning about tools, so recently I've been learning about; hammers, the Bessemer process of making steel, blowtorches and the progression of our understanding about various gases and other really interesting stuff. I was amazed to learn that in the 15th and 16th centuries, the main hand-weapon of war (before gun powder) was a war hammer! Ew!

1/19/10 Boy, is the history of bookbinding ever interesting! Did you know that early and medieval books had flat backs? The rounded back was invented in the 15th century! It's been a long time since I've posted an update, though many additions were made. Enjoy!

3/14/09 Lots of updates in the areas of books and writing. I am learning the most interesting things! I hope that you are enjoying this project too.

3/9/09 My reading has garnered lots of fuel for our timeline! I've added extensively to the history of books and to papermaking and also some more general reference material. For those of you who print this out, I've added lots of stuff since November, so this would be a good time to print a new copy. with all the pictures it looks awesome printed in color on good paper. Fold it like an accordion for easy reading and searching.

11/19/08 They just found a temple in southern Turkey that was built 11,000 years ago! That's 5,000 years before Stonehenge. I had no idea that humans were so sophisticated so long ago. I've had so much fun with this project: I'd recommend that you start one too. It's amazing what you learn when you start a timeline.

11/10/08 Print it out in color and tape it together. What a great teaching and learning tool. I'm getting ever more pictures and keep adding more historical reference. Today I added to the enamels, writing and book areas as well as to the general reference section. Let me just say that I'm glad I didn't need dental work in 650 BCE.

10/10/08 New pictures, lots of new historical reference and general updates.

9/26/08 I've just done a few updates in several areas. I have more in my journal so check back soon.

5/24/08 Wahoo! The University of Iowa Libraries, Preservation Department, Conservation Unit very generously gave me permission to use their book model photos for the timeline! The photos really add a lot to the timeline and now we can see examples of some of the main binding styles used during different periods of history. I'd like to thank Kristin Baum for working with me on this project.

3/26/08 Lots more additions to the papermaking and metals portion of the timeline.

2/26/08 I've added tons of new updates to the timeline, especially to the metals area. The timeline was getting so big that I had to extend it to 33 pages or it would have been too small to read.

2/15/08 I just did a bunch of updates to the timeline. Most of them are in the papermaking area but there are others too. Did you know that Gutenberg was a metalsmith or that Leonardo invented the rolling mill? Amazing confluences of history.

If this type of thing fascinates you, I highly recommend the TV series (available on DVD) called "Connections."

12/25/07 This is so cool!!!

I started this timeline early in 2007 to see how metals, books, paper, calligraphy, glass and enamels developed in relation to one another. I get the information as I'm reading, well, anything (I'm kind of a perpetual student). I'm constantly updating the timeline so check back periodically to see if a newer version has been posted.

It's made to be printed out (23 pages) and then taped together on the 8.5" side of the pages. I originally used it as a scroll but found that it was too hard to go from one page to another quickly. Now I fold it accordion style and it reads like a book. You don't have to print it. You can just store it on your hard drive and refer to it when you need to.

This is a gift from me to you, so if you do something really cool with it, please make a second one and send it to me!

Note: This is just a personal exercise for myself. Please do not rely on this information for anything important as it is not guaranteed in any way.