This is a site dedicated to examination of that great 20th Century innovation, the RUBBER DINOSAUR. We have photos of relevant specimens from my collections, information on same, some minor essays, and a few pictorial digressions.
approx. scale 1:90
Carnegie series, scale 1:40
Sheeesh, who wants to bother with this stuff?
I'll just let A Conan Doyle handle that, with this little prefatory item from his 1912 dino-romance The Lost World -
If I give one hour of joy
To the boy who's half a man
Or the man who's half a boy
(Online versions seem to delete this ode, but all the dead-tree versions I own have it ..... "And what do you make of that, above us to the right?" Challenger asked. "It is surely a 1958 Pyramid paperback, with a cover painting by Ray Sternbergh," said Summerlee. "That's it," said Lord John. "And the odds are that that's a 1963 edition, at left.")
And I imagine that if A Conan had consulted with his contemporary, Herbert George Wells, he might have found a way to stretch that to include "that more intelligent sort of girl who likes boys' games and books" (Little Wars, 1913).
Early October 2002
• Site first posted on Tripod
.... and submitted to Google and AltaVista
Early January 2003
• AltaVista finally notices it
.... but Google hasn't found it yet
• AllTheWeb has it
• and Lycos
... but still no sign of life from Google
Late March 2003
• Google finally has all pages well indexed ....
• .... as does Lycos ....
• .... although AltaVista doesn't seem to have my individual
pages as well indexed as the other engines
Read the tedious search-engine details
April 24, 2003
• Most of the Battat pages are up.
• The Carnegie intro page is up but the rest of the Carnegie
pages are still under construction.
April 30, 2003
• Changes to Battat section ....
.... main page now split into four
.... added material on scale
• A long hiatus, now ended, whilst I attended to less-important matters.
• Moved site to ProHosting. Tripod is a good reliable host but their banner
and popup ads have reached oppressive levels.
• Added mirror at rubberdinosaurs.1accesshost.com as ProHosting is getting
hard to reach via FTP
• Added dedication (D'oh! I can't believe I forgot that for so long ...)
• Added list of useful references
• Finally got off my wallet and bought a real domain name and paid for a real
host. After studying the market for months, I went with GlobeDomain.com.
It's a tiny outfit, two brothers working out of Mysore, India. Their two
servers are at ThePlanet in Texas. Service has so far been exemplary and
their rates are embarrassingly low. I bought my domain name from them,
too. Web e-mail, subdomains, web stats, the works. Finally!
• Added some Starlux pages.
• Deleted ProHosting and 1AccessHost mirrors. Let's see how long it takes
Google to realize that they're not there anymore.
• GlobeDomain.com has sold out to AcuNett. That sort of activity usually
portends no good. I predict trouble in the offing.
• Moved all my sites to Unlimited-Hosting.biz - everything's good so far.
• Unlimited-Hosting did a major-league crash & burn. The site's now up on
a new account at ResellerZoom.com. Everything at Unlimited may
be gone - well, so much for those e-mails I hadn't answered yet.
• The big news for 2010 is that I managed to lose the rubberdinosaurs.com
domain. Just forgot to renew it. What a dumbnuts. So I bought another
domain, rubberdinosaurs.org, and pointed it to my old files. Voila,
problem solved. Still pretty embarrassing, though.