One thing's for sure - if any newspaper today published something advising their readers to wire up anything over 50 volts, they'd get sued the next day because someone got a shock....
That said, I also love old stuff like this.
Can you get scans of the whole book and put them somewhere Max (if I promise I won't sue you)?
Re: "...you wouldn’t expect to see any form of "how it works" article in a newspaper because so few folks would be interested."
The Maker movement is kind of along the same lines I guess, but these days they'd have a specialist newsletter online instead of in a newspaper....
That was actually my GREAT Grand-dad's scrapbook.
He had built a really nice radio using plans from the newspaper, and for a couple of years he would put the speaker in an open living room window on Sunday afternoons. People would bring blankets and have picnic dinners on the font lawn while listening to the wonderful contraption. On a good evening if conditions were just right they could sometimes pick up WLS in Chicago.
He was one of the first to put a radio in a car (although the assortment of A, B, and C batteries took up much of the back seat!
Like you, I would love to have the whole thing digitized. There are occasional side notes, like a list of players from the Shadyside Methodist Church Basketball team, the combination to my Great-Grand-dad's secret vault, and a recipe for Brunswick Stew that made enough to feed the whole Church.
The book is extremely fragile, and many of the pages have irregularly-shaped fold out sections. Getting it digitized has been on my to-do list for several years. If anyone has expertise in how to digitally preserve this unique artifact, please contact me!
Glad you jogged my memory, David. I had taken the scrapbook to a museum several years ago asking how to preserve it, but they politely ran me off. I didn't think about asking them to digitize it. I just did a quick search and I found an Antique radio museum here in town just a few miles away: http://alabamahistoricalradiosociety.org/index.html
As soon as I retrieve the scrapbook from Max I'm going to take it over there and see what they say. Perhaps it belongs in their museum.
If I might suggest: you could try to _carefully_ photograph the pages and try to find somebody with photo expertise to straighten out the pictures. It probably isn't to hard.
That way the original will undergo the least amount of damage and be available for the future.
Nowadays document scanners (for archiving purposes) will do the trick - though they are not widely available. Maybe the museum got one of these machines.
What's different from "standard scanners":
* no need to put the pages on a level surface
* high res photographing instead of the
ubiquitous scanner line
* deskew integrated
About prices ?
No real idea; my best guess: think in car prices.