Fancy Groceries

Receipt from the W.L. Halsey company, a "wholesale dealer in Staple & Fancy Groceries, Wines & Liquors, Cigars, Tobacco..."

The receipt is dated August 29, 1898 in Huntsville, Alabama.

Found in "New Elementary Algebra" by Charles Davies. Published by Barnes and Burr, 1865.

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Denise Cole, who entered over on Facebook.

Thanks to all who entered, I'll see you here next week.

Friday Giveaway: 17 Volumes of Dickens - contest closed

Contest now closed, winner announced shortly.

Good luck!

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Pressed Into Service

I don't usually post the random pressed and dried flowers and plants I find in books; I come across them so often and there are so many more interesting things to share with you. This particular batch of flora was too much to resist.

The book is volume five of "The New Testament with Commentary and Critical Notes by Adam Clarke" published by B. Waugh and T. Mason, 1833.

Here's what I found inside:

There was another volume from the same set in the box, and yet that one didn't have a single plant inside.

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Here's How

Just wanted to share something a little different today - here's a 1941 book of cocktail recipes bound in wood boards.

It's called "Here's How: Mixed Drinks" compiled and edited by W.C Whitfield and published by Three Mountaineers, Asheville NC.

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Change Of Scenery

Postcard featuring Mott Street in Chinatown, NYC - dated June 16, 1924:

Dear Eva,

We have changed our address but do not like it. We are look for better room and when we get located we will send you new address. We hope you are feeling good. We are fine.

With love,
Mae and Nathan

Found in "The House of Seven Gables" by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Published by A.L. Burt, no date listed.

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One burned CD, there was only one file on it, an MP3 of Beethoven's 7th Symphony.

Found in "The Foot Book" by Dr. Seuss. Published by Random House, unknown date (dates and editions are really hard to pin down for Seuss books).

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Wendy Ann Sulek, who entered on Facebook.

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

Friday Giveaway: 13 Classics - contest closed

Contest now closed, I'll announce the winner shortly.

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No Backbone

Three leather book spines. No sign of the rest of the books.

Found in "The Holy Bible" published by A.J. Holman & Co, 1891.

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Photograph of a gravestone. Here's the image cleaned up so it's easier to read:

Looks like:

Waitsey Ann
Wife of
Orson B. Mead,
June 23, 1852,

I tried to make the other one readable:

Best I can come up with is:

Wife Of

A quick google search and...

Thanks Find A Grave.

Found in "The Soul Scar" by Arthur B. Reeve. Published by Harper and Brothers, 1919.

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Merry Christmas

Here's a Christmas card from author Booth Tarkington.

The writing on the reverse side is tough to decipher, I enlisted the help of Twitter and here's what we came up with:

Dear Flora,

This sends you & yours our very happy wish for the New Year and always -

Affectionately yours - Susanah
(in pencil)

To Flora Reynolds Xmas 1939

Tarkington's second wife was Susanah Keifer Robinson, according to Wikipedia.

"Flora" could be "Floss," a nickname for Florence.

Found in "Rumbin Galleries" by Booth Tarkington. Published by Literary Guild, 1937.

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Finger Lickin' Good

Recipe for barbeque sauce:

Chicken or Ribs

1/2 C. brown sugar
2 tbls vinegar
1/4 C. Katsup
1 tsp Worchester (Worcestershire) sauce
1 1/2 tsp horse radish

Cook & cool

Found in "Prairie-Town Boy" by Carl Sandburg. Published by Harcourt and Brace, 1955.

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Giveaway winner

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

Thanks to all who entered, see you next week!

Friday Giveaway: 12 Classics - contest closed

Contest is now closed, I will announce a winner shortly

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You Are Cordially Invited

Wedding invitation:

Mr. and Mrs. Lucius Jackson request your presence at the marriage of their daughter

Minnie F.
Martan E. Wheat

Wednesday, October 24th 1888 at 10:45 AM

Found in "Kathie's Soldiers" by Amanda Douglas. Published by Lee and Shepard, 1899.

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Recipe for pie crust:

4 cups all purpose flour
1 3/4 cups vegetable shortening
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 egg
1 tablespoon vinegar
1/2 cup H20

With a fork, mix together first four ingredients.  In a separate dish, beat remaining ingredients.  Combine the 2 mixtures, stirring with a fork until all ingredients are moistened. Then, with hands, mold dough in a ball.

Chill at least 15 mins before rolling into desired shape. Dough can be left in the refrig. up to 3 days. Or, it can be frozen until ready to use. Makes 2 9" double-crust pies and one 9" shell.

Note: Dough will remain soft in the refrig. and can be taken out and rolled at once.

Found in "Magic Gardens" by Rosetta E. Clarkson. Published by Macmillan, 1939.

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Goodness Of Heart

I'm not sure what this little piece of ephemera started out as, but it ended up as a fine bookmark. It's marked "Art Supplement - Buffalo Courier" and has the following verse:

A photograph shows
One's features, in part,
But it never can picture
One's goodness of heart.

Pre X-rays, right?

Found in "A Book of Girls" by Lilian Bell. Published by L.C. Page, 1903.

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Take Only The Genuine

Illustrated trade card from the Walter Baker Chocolate Company.

Found in "Our Country: A Household History of The United States" by Benson J. Lossing (volume one). Published by Johnson and Bailey, 1895.

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Jennifer Risser, who entered on Facebook.

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

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

Contest now closed, winner will be announced shortly.

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A Day At The Fair

Ribbon from the 1957 Litchfield County 4-H Fair, Warren CT.

Found in "The Tomato" by Paul Work. Published by Orange Judd Publishing, 1945.

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November 1978

Three photos, all are stamped "November 1978" on reverse.

Found in "The Spectral Boy" by Donald Petersen. Published by Wesleyan University Press, 1964.

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A For Effort

Found this at the bottom of a box of old western paperbacks:

Not bad for a homemade book report cover.

For what it's worth this student got an A minus.

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Giveway winner

This week's winner was Stephanie McCaslin, who entered over on Facebook.

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