Fill In The Blanks

Drawing with commentary:

I was HS Freshman
This is my Friend in Fla
This Senior picture
Brother Ted live in Fla

Do you drawing?

I do paint, but I don't draw too often. Years ago I did.

On the back is some kind of quiz about places visited during a honeymoon.

Found in "Favorite Ways With Chicken" published by Better Homes and Gardens, 1967.

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A dried and pressed boutonniere.

Found in "Cameron Pride" by Mary J. Holmes. Published by Hurst and Co., no date, circa 1890.

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Preparing For The Worst

Sandy is coming. I'm still not feeling well at all. I hope to be here in the shop tomorrow bringing you a smile, but I just don't know what the next few days will bring.

If you're in the path, please be careful. Use common sense. Help others if you're able.

Before I take off to batten hatches and divert auxiliary power to the shields, here's a bookmark from the archives:


Addressed to:
Barnabas Brown Esquire
Post Office New Berlin
County Chenango

N. York
Stamped: New York OCT ??
New York 20th Octo 1826
No. 416 Broome Street
direct to me at this house its near Broadway 1/2 a mile North of the City Hall

Dearly Beloved,
I have wrote this since I receivde thy letter of 25th March. I am in tolerable good Health for one that has ???? so many years towards the blessed end of all things here, I ???? tho approved towards eternal Rest with more pleasing comfort, that I ever didthe ?????? in part of any ????? I ever went, I have lived two years over the time Layd down in the Book for human life and I think th??? is very few that have past through so long a life with more peace of mind that I have done.
I have sold my farm at New Rochelle finding it too bothersome at this time of life to have such a charge ........???........ people about me, the crops in all this quarter is very good & fruit extra fine and it's a general time of health and a great plenty of the good things of this world at market. My love to wife and children

Will _____
Found in "The Works of P. Virgilius Maro" by Levi Hart and V.R. Osborn. Published by Joseph N. Lewis, Baltimore, 1833.

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was @ganymeder, who entered on twitter

Friday Giveaway: Three Sets - contest closed

Contest now closed, back with a winner in a moment

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Stay Golden

Just found this charming inscription and wanted to share it:

Dear Mae,

We hope this book brings you as much joy as it has us - I always glow with a feeling of security and golden days when I read it.

Loads of love,
B and E

The book is "The Golden Age" by Kenneth Grahame. Illustrations by Ernest H. Shepard, published by Dodd, Mead, 1935.

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Mince Meat

Recipe for mince meat, either for or by "Aunt Ila" -

8 cup meat, cooked
6 cup apples (grind)
4 boxes raisins (seedless)
1 tsp cin.
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp allspice
2 cup vinegar
2 cup sugar

Simmer until thick

Found in "The Flowering of New England" by Van Wyck Brooks" Published by Dutton, 1940.

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Mrs. Upstairs

Small gift card.


Before this gift
Was wrapped
and tied,
The best of
Were ticked

A Very Happy Birthday
"Mrs. Upstairs"

Found in "The Unannointed" by Laurene Chinn." Published by Crown, 1958.

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While I was sorting last night, I came across an older edition of George Eliot's "A Mill on the Floss." My guess is that it was from the 1870s. Inside I found all sorts of illustrations, but not from the original book. A previous owner had meticulously trimmed and pasted in dozens of illustrations, likely clipped from magazines and newspapers of the era. There were too many to photograph, so I put together a short video:

Gone Fishin'

One of the best parts of my job are the occasional house calls to check out books. Today I'm off to Gilbertsville, NY to go through 20-30,000 books that belonged to a former schoolteacher. It's one of my favorite local villages, and the sun is out (for now) so it should be a good day.

Sadly, that means I won't be in the shop to post a new bookmark for you. Instead, I'll repost one of my favorites:

Letter on thick-stock personalized card:

 Julia *****

 Dearest David, I am returning the beautiful necklace you gave me - not as a gesture if finality of our friendship, but because it is a special token in your family and I could not in good conscience keep it. I hope you understand that I do and will care deeply for you and that I have every bit of confidence in the beauty of your unique David-ness. I am just selfishly at a point in my life at which I can not make the sacrifices and take the risks that are necessary to make any relationship that we would have work. We are both at such profound transition points in our lives, and our situations are too unstable to offer the foundation necessary upon which to build the tremendous life changes that we idealistically believed possible. I want to know and believe, as I think you do, that I will always be a loving and caring friend & confidante to you - I know you would reciprocate that. Thank you for remaining the David I will always adore! Your strength and beauty will perpetually preserve that.

Much love

Found in "The Remains of the Day" by Kazuo Ishiguro. Published by Vintage, 1990.

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Amie Dye, who entered over on Facebook. See you all next week.

Friday Giveaway: 17 Children's Classics - contest closed

Had this collection up on bookperdiem the other day, no takers. My loss is your gain!

Contest closed, winner announced shortly.

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Starburst Fudge

Recipe for fudge (the easy kind):

1 cup Fluff (1/2 + 1/2)
1 pk chocolate chips (12 oz)
I can sweetened condensed milk (Borden's Eagle Brand)

Melt together in double boiler. Take off hear and add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and cup walnut. Chill for one hour. Take out and form into ring.

The reverse of the recipe is a memorandum from the D&H Railroad:

Delaware and Hudson Railway Company
(Third Subdivision)

Effective 0202 hours Sunday, October 31, 1971, between the hours of 0800 and 1630 daily, except Saturday and Sunday, the use of two-way radio is prohibited between Fourth Avenue and Madison Avenue, Albany, account contractors blasting operations.

P.W. Young - Superintendent
General ORder 2-18, Albany NY, Oct 26 1971

Found in "Starburst" by Frederick Pohl. Published by DelRey, 1982.

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Family Portrait

Over the years, I've discovered that the best bets for finding forgotten bookmarks are old Bibles and dictionaries. I purchased this leatherbound beauty yesterday; a man from Connecticut was passing through and had a small pile of books rescued from a damp church basement. There were bits and pieces in each of the books he brought in, but this 1889 Swedish-language Bible had some real beauties:

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The Line Starts Here

Large 8" x 10" photograph, no writing or dates to be found.  I missed the "APRIL 1970" at the top.

Could be a press photograph?

Found in "The Practical Book of American Silver" by Edward Wenham. Published by Lippincott, 1949.

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Based on the size and circumference, I believe this is the empty cardboard tube from a roll of toilet paper.

Makes sense, a lot of people do their reading in the bathroom.

Found in "A Little Commonwealth" by John Demos. Published by Oxford, 2000.

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Adel Catherine Comeaux, who entered on Facebook.

Friday Giveaway: 18 Classics (contest closed)

Giving away these 18 classic books this week, from Austen to Wilde.

Contest now closed, winner will be announced shortly.

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