Report card for piano lessons.

Found in "The Mulberry Bush" by Helen Topping Miller. Published by The Blakiston Company, 1940.

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Six coupons from Velvet Tabacco.

It appears you would collect the coupons and redeem them for various prizes, some are listed on the back which are shown in the photo below.

Found in "A First Reader in Spanish" by Nina Lee Weisinger and Marjorie Johnston. Published by Doubleday, 1931.

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was The Doors of Durin, who entered right here.

Thanks to all who entered, see you next week!

Friday Giveaway: 16 Vintage Nonfiction Books - contest closed

I generally offer fiction books in the weekly giveaways, so I thought I would change it up a bit this week.

Giving away these 16 nonfiction titles, some history, some biography, some geography. Something for every inquiring mind out there.

-Contest now closed, winner announced shortly.

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Direct From Italy

Yellow leather bookmark -


Found in "Empire of the Sun" by J.G. Ballard. Published by Simon and Schuster, 1984.

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How Grand

Advertisement / sewing kit from the old Grand Union supermarkets.

We used to have Grand Union here in town, along with a Great American. I had this theory about these two political superpowers battling over lettuce prices.

Found in "The Green Years and Shannon's Way" by A.J. Cronin. Published by Little, Brown and Co., 1960.

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Smooth and Flexible

Instructions for rope spinning, as part of an advertisement for Stockman-Farmer Supply Co., Denver.

Found in "Health and Physical Fitness" by I.H. Goldberger and Grace Hallock. Published by Ginn and Co., 1943.

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This Book

Homemade bookplate, looks like it was drawn and colored with crayon.

Found in "Mainstone's Housekeeper" by Eliza Meteyard. Published by Dodd and Mead, 1866.

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Giveaway Winners

Two winners to announce this week.

First, winner of the 14 vintage books was Resh, who entered here on the site.

Winner of the 'Young Folks Library' was Jossie Aguirre, who entered on Facebook.

Winners, I'll do my best to get in touch with each of you, but if you see this, please send me an email:

Thanks to all who entered!

Friday Giveaway: 14 Vintage Books + Young Folks Library - contest closed

Some nice books in this week's giveaway, a complete four volume edition of "Pickwick Papers," an old "Grimm's Fairy Tales," poems of Browning -


Since I have an appointment this morning, I won't be around to pick a winner at the usual time. Instead, I am going to add a second prize:

OK, contest has now ended. I'll announce a winner shortly.

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You're No Fun

Small clipping - "Swear not at all. Matt. v. 34"

The book also had this interesting inscription:

Resolved that Sunday Base Ball should not be permitted in Oneonta.

Found in "Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare. Published by Merrill, 1910.

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The Singer's Apologie

Two pamphlets advertising the "singers of English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish Folk Songs," Dorothy, Rosalind and Cynthia Fuller. Based on the tour dates and contact inscription, the papers date from around 1917-1918.

Found in "Shakespeare's Love Story" by Ann Benneson McMahan. Published by A.C. McClurg, 1909.

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Black and white photograph and an advertising label for the Grand Hotel, Forte dei Marmi, Italy.

Both found in "Comparative Vertebrate Dissection" by Wm. H. Atwood. Published by Blakiston, 1923.

If you're curious, here's the Grand Hotel as it sits now.

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This Is Some Country

Postcard, dated July 30, 1932. Front reads "In The Heart of the Mountains, The Great Smoky Mountains Park) -

Well, this is some country down here. They raise cotton instead of wheat and hay. Had some cidar today but not like that in Tompkins County. On our way home now.

Found in "The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck. Published by The Viking Press, 1939.

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Andrea Sakellaropoulos, who entered on Facebook.

Thanks to all who entered, see you again next week.

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Friday Giveaway: 14 Poetry Books - contest closed

Giving away these 14 poetry volumes this week.

Contest now closed, winner will be announced shortly.

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Stuff It Buddy

I thought I would share another recipe from my book HANDWRITTEN RECIPES. This one is for stuffed peppers:

4 peppers
1½ cups cooked macaroni
1 can mushroom soup
4 tablespoons grated cheese
1 tablespoon onion
1 tablespoon parsley
½ cup ham

Mix soup, (macaroni), onion, parsley and meat. Sprinkle top with cheese. Bake in oven 375 degrees for 15 minutes.

 Found in The ABC of Casseroles (no author). Published by Peter Pauper Press, 1954.

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Funny Bone

Three "Specialist" cards from the game OPERATION.

Found in "Richard Scarry's Little Counting Book" published by Random House, 1998.

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For Professional Purposes

Today's post comes from reader Chris, who was nice enough to share one of his other finds, "Christmas Cheer."

Here's what I found in my copy of 'The Study of Palmistry' by Comte C. de Saint-Germain (1935) -

The book came to me from my girl friend's mother's garage. No idea how it ended up in there. Here's what's interesting about this book:
The book was owned by one 'Theodore R. Rollins'. It signed his name and dated it in 1941 on the inside front cover.
On the inside cover there is a newspaper clipping regarding a French fortune teller La Voisin from the 1600's.
Mr. Rollins later wrote a dedication of the book to his grandchildren in 1967 when he passed the book on to them.
Pasted into the front of the book on the leading blank pages is the obiturary of Mme. Emma Calvé, dated 1942. (I like to assume that it was placed there by Mr. Rollins as it seems he owned the book in '42.) This is interesting as the book was originally dedicated to a Mademoiselle Emma Calvé. [I've included a copy of the photo of her which was printed opposite of the title page; obviously, the author was a fan, as the original photo was personalized to him by her.]

The inside front-cover has the following hand written text:
 "11/15/41 Theodore R. Rollins 731-21 St. N.E. Wash, D.C.
 [newspaper clipping on French fortune teller La Voisin ] 
To my Grandchildren Charlie Man or Terry Lee April 12, 1967 
From Grand Daddy Theodore R. Rollins 
Try to master this out as your grandfather did. Learn to read your palm and other peoples palms as your grandfather did. 
with Love + Faith in God Granddaddy"
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Come Sail Away

Photograph, 7 inches by 9 inches.

Found in "Since 1900" by Oscar Barck and Nelson Blake. Published by Macmillan, 1947.

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was @eaj0082, who entered on Twitter.

 Thanks to all who entered, see you all next week.

Friday Giveaway: 16 Vintage Children's Books - contest closed

Contest now closed, back with a winner shortly.

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Duty Calls

I'm home with a sick but still chipper little one today, so I'm gonna cheat a bit and post one of my favorite finds from the past:

"Some day I'll be dancing..."

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Supplies Are Limited, Call Now

"The Mystic Grip Disc" (new and improved) in original paper sleeve.

Found in "The New Illustrated Encyclopedia of Gardening: Volume 20" published by Greystone, 1973.

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Our Lady Of The Perpetual Boiler Inspection

Postcard, dated August 5th, 1965, reminding the Our Lady of Perpetual Help of a boiler inspection.

Found in "The Military History of WWII: Volume Three" by Trevor Nevitt Dupuy. Published by Franklin Watts, 1962.

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Condensed Book

Advertisement for Gail Borden Eagle Brand Condensed Milk.

Found in "On The Old Frontier" by William O. Stoddard. Published by D. Appleton, 1893.

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