Sometimes The Jokes Write Themselves

Torn invoice:

Oneonta, NY - Jan 15 1934
M.A. Ross

in account with

Harry J. Butts
Freight and Baggage Transfer
Guaranteed Service on Freight Shipment
High-Grade Coal a Specialty

Found in The Making of Illinois by Irwin Mather. Published by A. Flanagan Co., 1911.

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  1. Love your blog. Are you selling this book?

  2. I just sorted it yesterday, so it's not on any of our websites yet. As with all our books, it's for sale.

    Based on the condition, I'd say 5 or 6 bucks.

  3. I'll bet he was happy his parents didn't name him Seymour.

  4. Needed a laugh this morning! :)

    Can't remember how I stumbled on your blog but it's an absolutely fabulous concept. Makes me think about all the things I use for bookmarks around here.

    But I'm totally jealous you get to work in a used book store. Well...ok...that you can even GO to a used book store.

    I'm living in Korea at the moment & not a single English book store in sight - new, used or otherwise. And I desperately miss the smell of old books, the smell of Barnes & Noble and the peaceful quiet of wandering the store.

    Keep up the great work!

    Much love from an overseas Army wife,

  5. Jennifer -

    send me an email: