Friday Giveaway: 18 Vintage Books: Contest closed

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Stunning tintype photograph. On the back is a stamp marked "Norman Taylor = Aug 72 1866."

If you look very closely at the other stamp at the top left, it says "Aug 27 1866." The second stamp may have just been an error.

Found in "Mariages d'Aventure" by Emile Gaboriau, 1872.

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California Love

Recipe for "Mrs. Rhode's California Lemon Pie" -

4 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/8 T salt
3 Tab. water
1 lemon (juice and rind)

Cook yolks of eggs, 1/2 cup sugar, salt, lemon juice, water in double boiler until thick. Add to slightly beaten whites and other sugar. Put in a baked shell and bake in hot oven 370-400 degrees until brown.

Found in "Health and How To Get It" by Charles Lee Bryson. Published by Hamilton Beach, 1920.

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Handmade bookmark, illustrations on one side, "TARBELL" handwritten on the other. Laminated.

Found in "Culloden" by John Prebble. Published by Penguin, 1989.

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The Ties That Bind

Charming old photograph. I love it.
No date or writing.

Found in "The Lucky Lawrences" by Kathleen Norris. Published by Doubleday, 1930.

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Sean-Patrick Burke, who entered on Facebook.

Thanks to everyone who entered, see you next week!

Friday Giveaway: 17 Vintage Children's Books - contest closed

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The Honor Of Your Presence

Wedding invitation:

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Francis Shelland
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter

Katherine Alleen
Mr. Allen David Backus

on Wednesday, the fifth of July
nineteen hundred and sixteen
at eight o'clock

Thirty-four Main Street
Oneonta, New York

Found in "British Poets of the Nineteenth Century" by Curtis Page. Published by Sanborn and Co., 1910.

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Rites And Ceremonies

This is... well, I have no idea what this is. I'll do my best to describe it.

It's dated 1837 at the top, on the bottom is written

??? Plaintiff (?-looks like it was edited at some point)
Spartan Lector
Infant Editor

In the middle is a folded piece of paper with a portrait of a man, hand drawn. The eyes and mouth have been cut out in a way to reveal another drawing underneath (think of how moveable books work). There's a tab at the bottom, when pulled down it reads "Before the rites and ceremonies," with the drawn face looking glum. Pull the tab up and it reads "After the rites and ceremonies," and the man's face shows a smile. I took a short video to demonstrate:

Found in "The National Portrait Gallery of Distinguished Americans: Volume One" edited by James Herring and James Longacre. Published by Monson Bancroft, 1834.

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Days Gone By

Receipt for "1 Annals of Music - $2.00" from the J.B. Lippincott Company, dated February 10th, 1897.

Found in "The Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow" published by Houghton Mifflin, 1891.

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All In

Bookmark from the Eagle Star & British Dominions Insurance Company.

Found in "How Marcus Whitman Saved Oregon" by Oliver Nixon. Published by Star Publishing, 1895.

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Jessica Bennett, who entered here on the site. Jessica, please get in touch with me at - I will try and send you a message.

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

Friday Giveaway: 14 Vintage Classics - contest closed

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The Boys

Typed letter, dated October 6th, 1897, on Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company stationery:

Charles Hamilton Jr.
West Walnut Lane

Dear Sir,

I regret very much that I will not be able to be with you on Saturday, but as I have another engagement for that evening it will be impossible for me to come.

I hope you will win all their money and illustrate to the boys that they know nothing about the game whatever.

Hoping to see you again soon in the near future,

I remain,
Yours truly,

Francis W. Slaughter

(Dictated) by F.W.S

Found in "The Masters of Capital" by John Moody. Published by Yale University Press, 1919.

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Sergeant Mason's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Trade card featuring a portrait of Sergeant Mason. On the reverse is an advertisement for George Keyes' Son & Co.. Is it a portrait of the Sergeant Mason who attempted to shoot Charles J. Guiteau, the man who assassinated President James Garfield? I can't verify. It's my best guess.

Found in "Hedged In" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps. Published by Sampson Low, 1872

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This Just In

The bookshop has seen a lot of really nice books come in over the past few weeks. I thought I would share a few of them with you today. The photos aren't the best, I just wanted to take a bunch so you'd have something to check out.

First edition of "Charlotte's Web" signed by E.B. White

First (privately printed) edition of Lady Chatterley's Lover

Lovely little two-volume set of Homer's "Iliad" from the 1870s (I'm keeping this one)

Rare 1825 reference on expeditions to Brazil

Not particularly rare or expensive, just a neat old title

1845 volume, part of a set collecting all of the various expeditions sponsored by the United States. This one particular volume is all about Hawaii

First printing of Tom Wolfe's "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test." I've never seen it in hardcover

1766 book in original binding

Wee little volume of Homer's "Odyssey" - my favorite book

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Serve Hot

Typed recipe for Chicken Spoon Bread:

2 C. finely chopped cooked chicken
1 C. milk
1 C. chicken stock
1/2 C. white cornmeal
1/2 T. baking powder
1 T. salt
2 T. melted butter
3 eggs, beaten separately
1 C. cheese

Scald milk in double boiler. Add stock and cornmeal and cook to a mush thickness. Remove from fire. Add baking powder, salt, beaten egg yolks, butter, and chicken.

Beat together till smooth, fold in egg whites, stiffly beaten, to mixture. Top with grated cheese. Bake in moderate oven till firm and brown. Serve hot with butter.

Mrs. W.W. Fraser
Mrs. J.C. Thomas

Found in a very worn copy of "The Modern Priscilla Cook Book" date and publisher unknown, title page missing.

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Alexandrea Jane, who entered here on the site - please send me an email when you see this:

Thanks to everyone for entering!

Friday Giveaway: 15 Vintage Children's Books - contest closed

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Say Cheese

Photograph, no date or writing.

Found in "Feature Films 1950-1959: A United States Filmography" by Alan G. Fetrow. Published by McFarland, 1999.

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Engraving of Jane Austen.

If you take a look at her printed signature, it bears a striking resemblance to the blog's title font, which is called... "Jane Austen."

Found in "The Holy Bible: Volume One, Genesis to Deuteronomy" edited by Adam Clarke. Published by Carlton and Porter, 1860. (The book won't fit on the scanner bed, for what it's worth, it's a plain leather binding)

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Vintage silhouette card, no writing or markings.

Found in "Fragments of France" by Capt. Bruce Bairnsfather. Published by Putnams.

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With Friends Like These

Greeting card, "Angela" written on front, inside is this terrific note:

Aside from the fact you are fantastically illiterate - and sinisterly uneducated, I got this to keep you off the streets while my back is turned.

Fabulously (?)

Found in "Oliver Twist" by Charles Dickens. Published by The Heritage Press, 1939.

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Emily Fritz, who entered on Facebook.

Thanks to everyone who entered, see you here next week.

Friday Giveaway: 12 Vintage Classics - contest closed

Contest now closed, winner announced shortly.

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