The Most Beautiful Woman In Great Britain

Newspaper clipping:


Found in "The Life of Cicero" by Conyers Middleton. Published by Wells and Lilly, 1818.

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Excelled By None

Trade card advertising Prince Albert Cigarettes, as sold by Geo. W. Helme, 133 Water Street, New York.

Found in "The Recollections of Felix Mendelssohn" by Eduard Devrient. Published by Richard Bentley, 1869.

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Ask The Blind Man How You Look

A truly odd note. I left in the grammatical and spelling errors, but threw in an occasional paragraph break to make it readable (OK, more readable) -

The lingering memories and the stench of reality is enough to make a crazy-man sain. With our thoughts controlled by superficiality and political correctness. By the time you fit in, is the same time you realize that you are more like a character on a sit com then yourself. So when the pirate (?) comes, and he will come, take the advice he gives you.

So you watch re-runs of M.A.S.H. and stupid commercials, performed by carrot top, you realize your being corrupted by your television and the stupid ideas of some executive of NBC. It must have been amazing for a little Indian boy to fish a never seen before stream that lays unmolested (?) and unpolluted by man. But its man's destiny to corrupt and manipulate the stream for his own benefit. The day comes when the stream has been over fished and is now undesirable to the common man. It takes the demented (?) man to be drawn to the beauty (?) to the water that is poluted and unpure. Where fresh water use to flow, fungus grows. The fish the stream use to hold are no longer there and the stream has become undesirable, but there is something buetiful with the river's ugliness. Beauty has corrupted me to a point were I can't tell the ugly child how cute he is. I want my cake and eat it now.

The laundry in the wash is clean but stinks of mildew. Left for too long and that will happen time and time again. Irresponsibility leads to mildew smelling clothes. Take advice from the stupid man because you might be surprised at the truth in his simple ideas. Ask the blind man how you look because perception becomes a reality. Reality is a perception because perception becomes a reality. If an idea is agreed upon being true it is then and only then that it becomes true even if it is a lie. Wars are fought over ideas.

Found in "Lost Hollywood" by David Wallace. Published by LA Weekly Books, 2001.

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner is Giselle Feuillet-Tunis, who entered over on Facebook.

Thanks to everyone who entered, see you next week!

Friday Giveaway: 15 Vintage Classics (contest closed)

Contest now closed, winner announced shortly.

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Target Practice

I found this poor soul of a book this morning, looks like someone used it for target practice.

You can see the embedded BBs or buckshot pellets that are still left, a few have fallen out over the years.

The book is "Herbert Hoover: A Reminiscent Biography" by Will Irwin, published by Grosset and Dunlap, 1928.

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Consider This

Drawing on graph paper, captioned "MUST CONSIDER."

Found in "Catch-22: A Critical Edition" by Joseph Heller. Published by Delta, 1978.

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Looks like a conversation between a student and a textbook's former owner:

(Lottie Ellis)

Hello Lottie -

Guess who wrote this - you don't even know me - because I don't know you. Wouldn't you like to meet me - you would if you knew who I am. Well ta! ta!


I'll bet you are a Soph. Your books look like it. So neat and clean. Ha! Ha! I am writing lightly so you can erase this, am I know kind? I think so.

Found in "New Composition and Rhetoric for Schools" by Robert Herrick. Published by Scott, Foresman and Co., 1911.

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Applesauce Cake

Applesauce Cake (1 egg)

1 3/4 c cake flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinn.
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 c shortening
1 c sugar
1 egg, well beaten
2 c chopped nuts
2 c chopped raisins
3/4 c strained hot applesauce, unsweetened

Sift flour, add b. powder, soda, salt and spices and sift three times, Cream butter, add sugar.

Mix thoroughly. Add egg, raisins, nuts, beat well.

Add flour mixture, alternately with apple...(sauce)... a small amount at a time.

Bake into a greased (pan loaf) 9 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 3 in a med. oven 350 degrees 1 hour or until done.

Found in "Pillsbury Kitchens Family Cookbook" published by Pillsbury, 1979.

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Jenny, who entered right here on the site.

I see you're kind enough to have your email on your profile page, so I will be sending you a message shortly.

Friday Giveaway: 19 Vintage Classics (contest closed)

The last few vintage classic giveaways have gone so well, I decided to keep it up:

Contest now closed, winner announced shortly.

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All's Well

Two pages of song lyrics. I did a bit of looking around online and couldn't find a strict match, may have been an amateur composition.

All's Well That Ends Well

All's well that ends well
And I for one believe it's true
All my life I've been waiting
Just to find you
Each Prince Charming asks her his bride to be
She blushingly said, "Could you marry me."
Wondrous love to us has come
Our happiness is complete

It's been worth while
Searching all my life
To find you
Just across the street

(Remember) Broken Doll
When you and I were a boy & girl
I broke your doll one day
Then with a quick regret
Begged that you'd forget
And wipe your tears away
Your just a little butterfly - I understand it after all

You made me care
Do you think it's fair
A heart for a broken doll -

Found in "Elson's Music Dictionary" by Louis C. Elson. Published by Oliver Ditson Co., 1905

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David Swan's Sleep

I believe this is a page from a student's "creative writing" notebook, date unknown:

David Swan's Sleep

People were hurrying to and fro, while David lay fast asleep by the side of the road in a shady grove. Had is slumber been easily broken, it would have been interrupted rather often; first by a widow who thought him charming looking, then by a temperance lecturer who happened to espy David, and bought him into his text in the evening's discourse as an example of drunkenness. Shortly, however, a carriage drove along, and having met with an accident to their carriage, the elderly couple sat down beneath the trees while the coachman repairted the carriage. Leaning over David, and seeing such a picture of their own son who had died, they were about to bestow a fortune upon him, when the coachmen remarked that all was ready. Then, had not a young girl chanced to appear, David might have received the deadly sting of a bee. He was afterward visited by robbers, but it a  (?) dog came near and thinking that his master might be close at hand, the robbers passed on. At last David awoke and healing the stage driver, he mounted and rode on towards Boston.


Cotter's Saturday Night

The common people of Scotland were a strong, healthful, happy and dignified race, and it is believed their excellent character was due to their religious spirit. The better classes were constantly under the influence of the Sabbath and of the Bible. It seems to be through religion that these simple people have become tender and...

I'll keep looking for the exciting conclusion of "Cotter's."

Found in "Beulah" by Augusta J. Evans. Published by the New York Book Company, 1910.

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Not Forgotten - Part VI

Here are parts one, twothreefour and five of this ongoing series where I feature some of the items I find that aren't quite good enough for their own post.

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Giveaway winner

What a terrific turnout, I believe this was an all-time record for entries (you can thank Facebook for that).

This week's winner was Nicole McMahon, who entered on Facebook.

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Friday Giveaway: 15 Vintage Classics (contest closed)

Contest now closed, back with a winner shortly.

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At The Barbershop

Two old photographs on stiff boards. Wonder where this shop is, no writing or markings.

Found in "Junior Music" by various authors. Published by Ginn and Co., 1924.

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Vintage advertisement for "Brown's Iron Bitters."

Found in "Silver Horde" by Rex Beach. Published by Harpers, 1909.

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Magic Molasses

Here's a recipe that appears in my book "Handwritten Recipes."

Molasses Popcorn Balls

¾ cup water

1½ cups molasses

1½ cups light brown sugar

1 tablespoon vinegar

¼ teaspoon baking soda

⅛ teaspoon cream of tartar

¾ cup butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 quarts popcorn

Mix first six ingredients in large saucepan. Place over low heat and stir until sugar is dissolved. Bring to boiling and cook slowly until it will form a soft ball. Add butter and cook until hard ball stage. Add vanilla and corn.

Form into balls.

Makes 18 to 24 balls.

Found in "New Magic in the Kitchen" (no author). Published by Borden, no date; circa 1940s.

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Good Evening

Small black and white photograph, on the reverse is written "Visitor's cafeteria."

Found in "Alfred Hitchcock's Anti-social Register" published by Dell, 1965.

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was opal, who entered right here.

 I'll try and get in touch with you, but if you see this - go ahead and send me an email: Thanks!

Friday Giveaway: 14 Vintage Books (contest closed)

The Friday giveaway returns - this week it is 14 vintage titles.

Contest now closed, winner announced shortly.

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Knowledge and Skill

Scrap of paper, possibly taken from a book, with the following quote:

There are two most valuable possessions which no search warrant can get at, which no execution can take away, and which no reverse of fortune can destroy; they are what a man puts in his head - knowledge, and into his hands - skill.

The quote is from Hiram Sibley.

Found in "Percy Bysshe Shelley" by John A. Symonds. Published by Harpers, no date listed.

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Founding Father

Photo, looks like a group shot of kids at summer camp.

On the reverse side are some odd historical notes, mostly about George Washington:

Found in "A History of Agricultural Extension Work in the United States" by Alfred Charles True. Published by the US Government Printing Office, 1923.

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