Very Special

Translation cheat sheet and mini to-do list:

Kurah - chicken

Fish - Carp - Kapr

Trout - Pstruh

Leco - Ratatouille

6 hrs ahead

Buy sim card at the airport - Prague

Found in "A Very Special House" by Ruth Krauss, pictures by Maurice Sendak. Published by Harper and Row, 1953.

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Book Cover Theater

For a change of pace, I thought I'd post this vintage book cover for you all:
"Lady Chatterly's Daughter" edited by Lawrence Lariar. Published by Popular Library, 1960.

From the back cover:

Here - complete and unabridged - is a cartoon life story of the modern American female, who knows and does more about being a woman than a certain literary Lady ever dreamed of.

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Note on ruled paper. Looks like a quote.

Please excuse any mistakes, I can barely make out the words:

There is no slave be
he only supplied with
an endurable condition
of slavery who does not
shudder at the boldness
of the citizens.

Found in "Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour an Introduction" by J.D. Salinger. Published by Little Brown, 1963.

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By A Nose

Large black and white photo of a racing horse, 7 inches by 11 inches.

Front has writing in marking pencil.

Reverse is stamped "MUST CREDIT I.N.P. SOUND PHOTO"

More pencil markings:

5 col
??? 1st
Bull Lea
winning Widener cup race

Bull Lea - quite a horse.

Found in "Needlecraft: The Home Arts Magazine." October 1933 issue.

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Someone's a Reader

Receipt for 'First Edition Bookstore' in Norwich, NY. Edit: Dated 12/30/88
Total: $53.61


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Found in "Impulse: The New Science Fantasy" edited by Keith Roberts. Published by Compact SF, 1966.

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Destroy All Previous Catalogs

Colorful advertisement for Chieftain Brand taxidermy supplies, furnished by the J.W. Elwood Supply Co. of Omaha.

Found in "The Outlook" weekly magazine, issue of May 10th, 1913. Published by Charles Scribner's Sons.

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May Blessings Attend Thee

Silk bookmark from T Stevens, Coventry and London.

May Blessings Attend Thee

Your life for many years to come
May God in mercy bless,
and when he calls you to his throne,
crown you with happiness.

Found in "Sandy" by Elenore Meherin. Published by Grosset & Dunlap, 1926.

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My Heavy Burden To Bear

Today's post comes courtesy of Samuel, who sends this find along from the Wellington Square Bookshop in Exton PA:

Samuel informs us that he found five four leaf clovers, a Ginkgo leaf shadow, and this poem:

A Cripple's Wish.

I was all alone in my chamber,
And midnight hour was near;
I was thinking of the days gone by,
When I was well and on my feet--
How happy then was I ;
I little thought as time went by,
That misfortune thick and fast
Would fall on me, and make me go
A cripple to the last.

An accident befell me one day,
And I was taken sick ;
The wrong medicine was given me,
And to my legs it went,
And left me as you see.
For six months I lay
Upon a bed of pain ;
No use for me but just my hands
To cheer me as I lay.

At last my Saviour did see fit
To take away my pain,
And five long years He let me roll
Upon the floor again.
For eight years I had to creep
Upon my hands and knees,
And exercise it gave me strength
To help myself again.
The God above, whose name I love,
Reached forth His open hand,
And said, "Courage my boy, look to me
For thy daily bread."

And now, kind friends, I am, as you see,
A cripple as long as I live ;
No other way to earn my daily bread,
Please buy this ode and help me along
My heavy burden to bear,
Accept my thanks for your kind aid ;
God bless you all, both old and young,
Is the poor cripple's wish.


Found in "Swiss Family Robinson."

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An Upright and Gentle Man

School report on Brutus, no date. Note the teacher's corrections in pencil.
I'll type it up as I see it, spelling errors and all:

Edith Yerdon


Brutus was an upright and gentle man. He was a great patriot. He had a good character. He was influenced by Cassius to join in a conspiracy which ended in the murder of Ceasar. The killing of Ceaser who was his intimate friend showed his bravery. This also showed his love for his country. This made his own life dangerous. In his oration showing the reasons for Ceaser's death, he spoke in a very calm manner. He was sensible and far-sighted. He did not believe in extremes. He also had a great deal of common sense.

After being defeated in battle by Actavius and Antony, he took his own life. This showed his sense of honor. After his death, Antony said,

This was the noblest Roman of them all:
All the conspirators save only he
Did that they did in envy of great Ceasar;
He only, in a general honest thought
And common good to all, made one of them
His life was gentle, and the elements
So mixed in him that Nature might stand up
And say to all the world, 'This was a man!'

Edith Yerdon
Ethel Lovejoy

Found in "The Best Loved Home Ballads of James Whitcomb Riley." Published by Blue Ribbon Books, 1931.

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Never Had It, Never Will

My dad bought this little novelty item for me recently:

Pretty cool looking book, right?
Or is it?

That's Fonzie cool.

Of course, there was a forgotten bookmark inside:

It's a business card:




Phone Troy 7

Found in a book that's really a lighter.
Thanks, Dad.

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Beyond Me

I think this is a recipe written in Greek.

I'm hoping the internet can tell me for sure.

Found in "Beyond Magazine," Vol. 3 #17: January, 1970

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Happy Valentine's Day

I was going to post this on Sunday, but I thought some of you might like to use these before then.

Here's a bunch of vintage Valentines and romantic bits I've found and held on to. There's also some interesting photos and links at the bottom.






There's also a great gallery of cards here.


You may recognize this book as the one given away in yesterday's contest. As I was getting it ready to ship out, this little bookmark fell out.

Library card:

Public Library of White Plains

Tel. No.

I am a resident of White Plains, NY, living or boarding at No.___
occupation___ hereby apply for the right to use the Public Library of White Plains, and I promise to obey the rules and regulations.

Signed ___

I agree to make good any loss to the Public Library of White Plains incurred by the signer of this application.

Guarantee ___
Address ___

Found in "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott. Published by Grosset and Dunlap, part of the Illustrated Junior Library. 1990.

I'll be sending the winner this book and the bookmark this morning.

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Giveaway Winners

Really brilliant turn out, thank you everybody.

Here are the winners:

Science Fiction / Fantasy:

Kirsten Rose, who entered via Facebook.

Modern Lit:

booksandbakes, who entered on the website.

Historical romances:

@theottergal, who entered on Twitter.


a.wray, who entered on the website.


@NPalmby, who entered on Twitter.


There's one more winner... a super-secret unannounced prize:

This illustrated Junior Library edition of "Little Women" goes to kittyism, who entered on the website.

I'll try and contact all of you if I can find a way - if not, please email me to claim your prize:


Giveaway: Fun Five Ways CONTEST CLOSED

It's time for more choose-your-prize madness. I'll be picking a different winner for each of the five lots, so if you're interested, let me know which collection of books you'd like in the comments.

Here are the books available:

10 science fiction / fantasy titles:

10 modern lit titles:

10 horror titles:

10 historical romance titles:

10 matched volumes of classics:

Comment away, and good luck.

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Guaranteed Full Strength

Photo, written on reverse:

Jamaican Defense forces

Spanishtown (Kingston) JA

Found in "Saving Fish From Drowning" by AMy Tan. Published by Ballantine Books, 2006.

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The moment about 150 of you have been waiting for

Great turnout this time around, thanks everyone.

The winner of this week's contest is oranjeflamingo, who entered on this site.

I'll try and contact you through your profile, but it's always easier if you just email me:

Congrats to oranjeflamingo, and look for another giveaway next week.


Hey, win this book.

1939 Heritage Press edition of Beowulf (William Ellery Leonard translation). Illustrated (awesomely I might add) by Lynd Ward.

Just reply in the comments to enter, or let me know on Twitter or Facebook.

I will announce the winner tomorrow afternoon (Feb. 4th) at 3:00 PM EST.

Good luck, and sorry for that blurry photo.

-Contest has ended, announcing winner shortly.

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Choco Mallow Logs


Choco Mallow Logs

1 6 oz pkg semi-sweet chocolate
2 tbl. Parkay margine
1 egg beaten
3 cups Kraft Miniature Marshmallows
1 cup chopped nuts
Conf. sugar

Melt choc. + marg. over low heat. Remove from heat.
Add egg mix well. Cool slightly. Mix marshmallows
and nuts in large bowl. Pour chocolate mixture over
marshmallows and nuts; mix well.
Divide mixture in half.

On waxed paper sprinkled with conf. sugar shape each into a roll about 8" long. Chill several hours. Slice to serve. 2 rolls.

Found in "The Return of Sherlock Holmes" by A.C. Doyle. Published by Grosset and Dunlap, 1907.

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Terrible Idea

No bookmark, just wanted to share this horrible book cover I came across today:

Images from "Alcoa's Book of Decorations." Published by the Golden Press, 1959.

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