A Rose Is A Rose

Cut-out illustration of a rose.

Found in "The Ship of Ishtar" by A. Merritt. Published by Avon Books, 1951.

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Today's giveaway winner was Miss Ash, who entered right here.

Thanks to all who entered.

Miss Ash, please send me an email so I know where to send your books:


Giveaway: Contest closed

We haven't had a giveaway in a while, so I thought I'd offer up these seven antiquarian titles for you all.

Contest over, winner announced in a moment...

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Dave's Cupboard

Looks pretty good, eh? That's the end result of the "Blonde Brownies" recipe I posted here the other day. Dave over at Dave's Cupboard gave it a try, and the results are fantastic.

We Give

United Way sticker.

Found in "The Last Puritan" by George Santayana. Published by Scribners.

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The Elders

Cabinet photo, no writing on reverse.

Studio stamp is from C.H. Phelps, Sidney NY - "The Elite Studio."

Found in "The Holy Bible" published by Kimber and Sharpless, Philadelphia. No date indicated, circa 1830.

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Short And Sweet


14 July

All's well

Letter follows

Love Irene

Found in "How To Draw Anything" by Angela Gair. Published by Metrobooks, 2004.

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Bone Machine

Advertisement for two complete anatomical "manikins." They were given away free as part of your subscription to "The Modern Home Physician" magazine.

The full advertisement does show female nudity, so click and view at your own risk: NSFW.

Found in "The Extremities" by Daniel P. Quiring, Ph. D. Published by Lea and Febiger, 1946.

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Blonde Brownies

Recipe for "Blonde Brownies"

2 c. flour
1/4 teas. baking soda
1 teas baking powder
1 teas salt
2 c. packed brown sugar
2/3 c.. shortening, melted
2 eggs
2 teas vanilla
2 c. choc. chips
1/3 c. chopped nuts

Mix flour, soda, baking powder and salt

Add sugar to shortening - eggs - vanilla

Add flour mixture to sugar mixture

Spread in 13 x 9 pan. Sprinkle with chips and nuts

Bake 350° for 30 mins

Cool in pan; cut in bars

Found in "Motherless Brooklyn" by Jonathan Lethem. Published by Vintage, 1999.

Edit: I have gotten a lot of emails about this recipe, they tell me it is one of the best blonde brownie recipes out there. Give it a try.

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The Sweetest Flower

Illustration with a short poem:

The sweetest flower that e'er was planted
By the hand of our great Creator,
In the lovely garden to man granted,
Was Woman - image of her Maker.

Then let our heart and hands be joined,
The wreath of Love let us entwine,
Earth's richest blessings - all combined,
Shall fill up life's sweet Valentine.

Found in "The Moon and Sixpence" by M. Somerset Maugham. Published by The Modern Library.

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Cartoon or advertisement, I'm not really sure as there is no other markings or information.

Speech bubble reads:

I'll tell you Pat, this horse is built from the ground up

Off to the left:

Come Bunnie there comes Tom's dog

Main caption:

Whoa! Where are we at?

Found in "Creatures That Were Once Men" by Maxim Gorky. Published by the Modern Library, 1918.

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One sheet of rub-off stickers featuring the characters from the Ewoks cartoon.

Found in "A Secret Friend" by Marilyn Sachs. Published by Scholastic, 1978.

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Down On The Farm

Black and white photo, no writing or date.

Found in "The Poetical Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes" published by Houghton Mifflin, 1891.

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Pie Crust

Recipe for pie crust written on an index card:

Pie Crust

3 C. flour
1 C. lard
5 tbl water
1 tbl vinegar
1 egg

Found in "An Old Sweetheart of Mine" by James Whitcomb Riley. Published by Bowen-Merrill, 1902.

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Going For A Ride


With some fiddling, I was able to make out the license plate: New York: 4M 9310.

Found in "Lives of the Poets: Volume One" by Samuel Johnson. Published by the Oxford University Press, 1946.

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Postcard, dated September 2nd, 1908, Burlington Flats, NY.

Arrived here all right. Waited one hour. When George came we rode 4 1/2 miles to his place.

Will write again.

Found in "The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini." Published by Walter J. Black, 1927.
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Sunshine On My Shoulder


Found in "The Horse Stealers" by Anton Chekhov. Published by The Ecco Press, 1986.

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Friend Fred

Here's an funny little note I found. There's no date; the author gets right to the point:

Friend Fred,

Will you send me down some mony $15.00 for I need it. Am obliged.

Fetch it down to Oaksville with you Saturday and leave it to Frank Atwell and we will get...

Earl Southworth
Cooperstown NY
RD 3

Found in "The Prairie" by James Fenimore Cooper. Published by Frank Lovell, no date, circa 1890.

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Easy As 63 Divided by 9

Flash card with a giraffe tutor illustration.

Found in "Spiffy Henshaw" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh. Published by Grosset and Dunlap, 1929.

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