Wedding Bells

Collection of wedding photos. Most have "June 15, 1947" written on the back, one has some information, pictured above.

Found in "Ann's An Idiot" by Pamela Wynne. Published by Grosset and Dunlap, 1924.

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Giveaway winner

Sorry for the delay, had some internet issues here at home.

Our giveaway winner was Megan.

I'll try and get in touch, but if you see this, please send me an email so we can arrange shipping:


Nothing Special

I thought you all might enjoy a giveaway today. I don't know about you, but this week seems to be moving pretty slowly - what better way to liven things up than with some free books.

Today's giveaway is for these seven classics, Hawthorne, Conrad, Dumas, Dickens, Kipling, Defoe and the Cambridge poetry collection.

Contest closed, sorry I was a bit late - internet issues...

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Letter, no date; I've cleaned up the spelling, but there are a few words I just can't figure out:

Andes, NY

Dear Minnie,

How are you? I hope you are coming back to school soon, we are lonesome without you. I went out to ride down hill today. The bugs would not go ???? ???? in the bank and thrown us all off. Well good-bye for now. I guess it's time to stop writing.

Your friend
Raymond H. Winner

Found in "Betty Gale on the Mesa" by Ethel Hueston. Published by David C. Cook, 1919.

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What A Trooper

Name card with gift inscription:

With love and best wishes for a "Merry Christmas" and a Happy New Year.

From your loving Mother

Found in "Trooper Tales" by Will Levington Comfort. Published by Street and Smith, 1899.

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The winner...

Giveaway winner was Jo Lynn, who entered over on Facebook.

As always, a big thank you to all who entered.

Giveaway: 10 Vintage Books: Contest closed

Friday is here, let's start the weekend off properly with a giveaway.

Winner announced shortly.

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Cut Along The Dotted Line

"Kiddie Button Kutout" - a cardboard doll for children, a Prevue Product. No date.

Found in "Tout En Un - Encyclop├ędie Des Connaissances Humaines" published by Librairie Hachette, 1921.

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Franees's Fried Cakes

3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
4 tablespoons melted lard
1 cup sweet milk
1 teaspoon soda
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
Flour to roll (3 3/4 cups)
2 teaspoons vanilla
Season with nutmeg

I guess it's up to you to figure out the rest.

Found in "The Boston Cooking School Cook Book" by Fannie Merritt Farmer. Published by Little, Brown and Co., 1947.

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Long Live Polaroid

Two Polaroid photos, no writing.

Found in "A Thousand Acres" by Jane Smiley. Published by Fawcett, 1992.

Christmas in June

Color photo of someone's Christmas morning.

Found in "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" by James Joyce. Published by Time Life books, 1964.

I was curious to see what kind of stuff they got for Christmas, so I took a more detailed scan of the photo:

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From what I can tell, there's a Super Spirograph (awesome) on the floor, a little doll play set, some other games and puzzles, a set of encyclopedias on the shelf, as well as a set of Popular Mechanics Do-It-Yourself guides. Oh, and it looks like someone passed out from all the excitement (to the right of the little girl).

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Advertisement card for Allen's Bookstore of Trumansburg, NY.

Found in "Sir Gawain and The Green Knight" translated by Theodore Howard Banks. Published by F.S. Crofts, 1929.

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Back To My Roots

Postcard, dated August 4th, 1961, Jacksonville VT. Front is a photo of Commons, a building on the campus of Bennington College, my alma mater.

I'll do my best to read the handwriting:

Dear Edna,

I was so pleased to hear from Louise that you expect to go abroad this fall. Hope I'll be able to see you before you leave. I've been lively this summer - two weeks in ?? ??? and now three weeks in Vermont with good friends. (Editor: this next sentence looks like complete gibberish to me) Have dressed a lot of bob wear for bable days (????????????) The cottage where I'm staying overlooks a little lake.

Grace T

Found in "Selected Short Stories of Franz Kafka" published by The Modern Library, 1952.

JC offers: "missed a lot of hot uncomfortable days" Looks good to me.

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Hartwick Seminary

Inscription, found in "The Song of Hiawatha" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Published by Hurst and Co., 1898.

In loving memory of Hartwick Seminary Academies class of 1928 and of Hartwick College class of 1933

A Bicentennial gift to Hartwick College honoring John Christopher Hartwick who proposed to have a school for the Indians thus Hartwick Seminary was founded 1794-1941, forerunner of Hartwick College.

The inscription sums up the history of this local school fairly well.

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A Night At The Opera House

Invitation to the Semi-Centennial of Knights Templar Number 3 - Utica Commandery, Tuesday, June 24th, 1873:

Parade at 2 o'clock

Historical address at the Opera House at half past 8 o'clock

Ball and banquet following the address

Found in "Children of the Abbey" by Regina Maria Roche. Published by Porter and Coates, no date listed, circa 1874.

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Still Greater

Advertisement for Greater New York Flour Mills. There's a postmark at the bottom, the date looks like March 17, 1883 from Marlboro NY.

Found in "The Further Adventures of Quincy Adams Sawyer" by Charles Felton Pidgin. Published by Grosset and Dunlap, 1909.

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Root Down

Card signed by Charlie Root, a pretty good pitcher for the Chicago Cubs from 1926 to 1941. I'm not sure if it's the real thing, but it looks pretty close.

"Chicago Cubs" is written on the reverse of the card, it's also dated 5/4/36.

Found in "Kipling Stories" published by Platt and Munk, 1960.

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Giveaway winner

Before I get to the winner, I wanted to take a moment and answer some of the comments I usually get whenever I have one of these giveaways.

People always want to know why I'm giving away books. I am a bookseller, after all. Well, I suppose it's partially because contests send a lot of traffic to the site, or because I have a book coming out in a few months, or any number of practical reasons.

Truth is, these giveaways are a ton of fun. I love checking on all the comments and messages, seeing who is out there reading the blog, where they're from. I love the excitement you all have for these old books, it really makes love my job as a bookseller. Basically, I offer these giveaways to you all because I love doing it.

Anyway, enough of that - there is a winner out there.

Lots (and lots) of entries to sort through. Entries from, Twitter, Facebook, even a few from my friends at r/bookcollecting on Reddit.

After sorting them out and feeding the list into, I was left with one entry. I'm happy to announce that @JenandthePen is our shelf and books winner. She entered over on Twitter.

Many many thanks to everyone for participating, you make these giveaways the highlight of my week.

Giveaway: 45 Books and a Shelf - Contest Closed

One of the things I always hear when I give away a large amount of books is that "I'll have to clear some shelf space!" I hope this solves that problem, as I am giving away the shelf as well.

45 books, mostly smaller sets and collections, some handsome Everyman's Library volumes, some Shakespeare, some Dickens - something for everyone. I picked up the shelf at a garage sale over the weekend, solid wood, sturdy, and best of all, made in Poland.

10:00 AM has arrived. Off to pick a winner, I hope to be back shortly with the winner.
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Baby Sox

Black and white photo, no writing or other markings.

Found in "The Parent's Success Guide to Baby Names" edited by P. Mourouzis. Published by Wiley, 2004.

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The Winners

As I mentioned in the giveaway post, I decided to add two more book lots to the prize pool.

First off, winner of the three books below was Tara Rose Stromberg, who entered right here.

Next up, winner of the books below was @photogjenn, who entered over on Twitter.

Finally, the winner of the big prize, the 37 books, was Andrea Sakellaropoulos, who entered on Facebook.

Winners, I will try and get in touch with you through your various accounts, but please email me at if you see this.

Big thanks to everyone who entered. I love your enthusiasm, makes me want to do this every day!

Giveaway: 37 Vintage Books - contest closed

Contest closed, back with a winner in a moment.

Fridays are always great for giveaways. These 37 books are up for grabs today, everything from Booth Tarkington to Willa Cather to Black Beauty.


Lots of entries, so I'll put giving away these books as second and third prizes:

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Life In These United States

School assignment, dated 9/29/58. I cleaned up the text a bit, but left the run-on sentences as they are:

Grade 5


I have to get up and get dressed and then eat breakfast. Then make my bed and Joey's. And if the bathroom is dirty then I should clean it. I should help Mom clean up the house. Some of the time I have to help Dad, too.

At night I should set the table without being asked to do it. Then I should help Mom clear off the table and put on what should go on, like dessert or coffee. After we get done eating I should clean off the table for Mom so she can go and rest in the living room.

When Mom or Dad say it is time for bed I should (go) right to my room and get Undressed and put on my pajamas and wash my face and brush my teeth and go to the bathroom and take care of my clothes and get in bed and say my prayers and say good night to Mom and Dad and Joey and everyone is someone is here. And kiss them and give them a good night hug. And have my door shut and go to sleep. And have a good (?) so I can get up early in the morning to go to church.,

Sunday morning I must get up get dressed and go set the table and eat a fast breakfast and get in to the car and go to church we have to get to church very early so Mom can fix the altar and the chalice the place and the candle.

Found in "The Little Swiss Wood-Carver" by Madeline Brandeis. Published by Grosset and Dunlap, 1929.

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Git Well

Get-well card, no date.

Found in "The Moonstone" by Wilkie Collins. Published by Doubleday, 1946.

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