Friday Giveaway - Two Vintage Sets - contest closed

Contest now closed, winner announced shortly.

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Sour Cream Pie

Recipe for Sour Cream Pie:

1 2/3 c. sour milk
1 1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. ground raisins
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. cloves
dash nutmeg
1 T. corn starch
2 egg yolks
2 egg whites

Raw crust - bake 275

Beat egg yolks, add sugar, corn starch, cream, spices and beat. When ready, fold in stiffly beaten egg whites. Pour in crust and bake 1 1/2 hours.

Found in a very well-worn copy of "The Boston Cooking School Cook Book" by Fannie Merritt Farmer. Published by Little, Brown, 1912.

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With This Ring

Wedding photo, no date. On the back is written "G. Place."

Found in "The Story of American in Pictures" arranged by Alan C. Collins. Published by The Literary Guild, 1935.

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Devoted Friend

Old photograph of what appears to be the author of the book. Written on the back:

John Sobieski

1895 Just out of the U.S. Army before going to Mexico

Written on the front blank:

To J.S.

Remember me ever (??) as your devoted friend.

Col. John Sobieski
Sept 10 1915

Found in "Personal Reminiscences of Col. John Sobieski and A History of Poland" published by L.G. Sobieski, Los Angeles Ca. No date printed, introduction is dated 1900.

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Giveaway Winner

This week's winner was Pam DuVall, who entered on Facebook.

Thanks to all who entered, hope to see you here next week!

Friday Giveaway: 14 Vintage Books: contest closed

Giving away these fourteen books this week.

Contest now closed, winner will be announced shortly.

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Found this huge panoramic photograph, labelled "Hicksville High School Visiting Washington D.C. - April 1979."

Found in "Graphic and Op-Art Mazes" by David Phillips. Published by Dover, 1976.

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Note Enclosed

Typed letter from the Pageant Book Co., dated 1953:

Dear Mr. Wilk:

Thank you for your order. We are sending you 1 copy: "Hector Berlioz," as per your order. Unfortunately, we do not have the other two copies you are interested in. However, we shall try to locate them for you.

S.B. Solomon
Pageant Book Co.

Found in  "Hector Berlioz: Selections From His Letters, and Aesthetic, Humorous, and Satirical Writings" edited and translated by William F. Apthorp. Published by Henry Holt, 1879.

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This Is It

Four photographs.

Found in "This Is It, Michael Shayne" by Brett Halliday. Published by Dodd, Mead, 1950.

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Advertising blotter featuring "An Ideal Bread Pan" from Lockwood Manufacturing.

Found in "Hans Brinker" by Mary Napes Dodge. Published by Whitman, 1934.

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Allie, who entered right here on the website.

 Allie, I will send you an email in a moment. Thanks to all who entered.

Friday Giveaway: 15 Classics - contest closed

Giving away these fifteen classic books this week.

Contest now closed, back with a winner in a few minutes.

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Hobo Bread

Recipe for "Hobo Bread" attributed to Debbie Aiken:

2 cups raisins
2 1/2 cups boiling water (pour over raisins, add 4 tsp. soda, let stand overnight overnight on countertop)


1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
4 tbsp. oil
4 cups flour
1/4 tsp. salt

Mix well. Add raisins and nuts and some of the raisins liquid (enough to make mixture smooth)

Pour into 3 greased 1 lb. coffee cans.

Bake at 350 deg. for 1 hour ten min

Found in "Captain Courageous" by Rudyard Kipling. Published by Grosset and Dunlap, no date, circa 1955.

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Not Forgotten - Part VIII

We are in the process of moving the shop to a larger and nicer location. As with any move, you uncover lost treasures. If you're like me, moving takes twice as long because you end up sitting on the floor with a box of old papers reminiscing.

I came across a big box of forgotten bookmarks, ones I haven't seen in nearly ten years. These were the treasures I saved when I first started sorting books here, and back then I never thought to save the books they were found in. I thought I would pick a few from the pile and share them.

Here are parts one, twothreefourfivesix and seven 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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On The Ohio

Illustration reading "On the O High O!" I believe it was trimmed from an old trade card, like the ones seen here and here.

Found in "The Mine With the Iron Door" by Harold Bell Wright. Published by D. Appleton, 1923.

Here's the full version of the card:

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Old stencil set.

Found in "Advanced Autoharp Notation and Technique" by Lyman Taylor. Published by the author, 1976.

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Giveaway Winner

This week's winner was Meegan Kennedy, who entered via email.

As always, thanks so much for entering - I will see you all next week.

Friday Giveaway: Sir Walter Scott and R.L Stevenson - contest closed

Two little matched sets today, four by Sir Walter Scott and four by Robert Louis Stevenson.

Contest now closed, winner announced shortly.

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A Book of Thought

Greeting card:

Hi. Hope this finds you in good health. Our Christmas was quiet. Gary and his family were here. Enjoy watching their faces as they open their gifts.

The weather has been warm down here. The weather reports for upper NY are unbelieveable. Take care of yourself.

Thank you for the verse and your mother's announcement. The verse was new to me, one that I would choose for myself. I will put both in my box of memories.

Enclosed you will find a book of thought you might want to read.

Found in "The Epic of Gilgamesh" translated by Maureen Gallery Kovacs. Published by Stanford University Press, 1992.

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Much Love

Short note, likely part of a longer letter:

...soft things, ??? ? casseroles.

Elinor Bening is at Pillsbury Manor now + I hope Carol can take me to see her there sometime.

They said it was the coldest one since a record was made.

Now I can't see what I have written

Much love,

Found in "How To Live It Up And Live Longer!" published by Prevention Magazine and the Rodale Press, 1981.

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The Queen Of Scarsdale

Photograph, on the back is written "Taken in Scarsdale NY"

Found in "Solomon and The Queen of Sheeba" by Czenzi Ormonde. Published by Farrar, Straus and Young, 1954.

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Catch of the Day

Postcard featuring "A Day's Catch in the Adirondacks, NY" postmarked August 26, 1970.

We are in the Mts. will soon go home now, and as you say home is a good place. Went fishing yesterday, Margaret caught 3 nice ???

Love from
Mrs. Burke

Found in "The Spanish Armada" by Winston Graham. Published by Doubleday, 1972.

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Maddie Jones, who entered on Facebook.

As always, thanks to everyone who entered. See you again next week!

Friday Giveaway: "Alice" and "Peter Pan and Wendy" - contest closed

Two terrific books are up for grabs this week, a 1935 Dial Press edition of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" with color illustrations by G.M. Hudson and a 1941 Scribners edition of "Peter Pan and Wendy" with color illustrations by Mabel Lucie Attwell.

Contest now closed, winner announced shortly.

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Trimmed photograph, no writing on the reverse side.

I couldn't resist the placement.

Found in "Grendel" by John Gardner. Published by Vintage, 1989.

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Time Marches On

Found this really neat photo Christmas / New Years card from 1947. There are two photos (I especially like the Father Time and Baby New Year theme of the first one) with a small attached calendar. You can see the entire card in the short video below.

Found in "Ted Kautzky: Master of Pencil and Watercolor" by Charles Kinghan. Published by Reinhold, 1960.

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