As Big As Texas

Recipe for "Texas Sheet Cake + Frosting"

2 c sugar
2 c flour

In small pan mix:

2 stick Oleo
4 T cocoa
1 c H20

Bring to a rapid boil and pour over sugar and flour mixture

1/2 cup buttermilk
2 beaten eggs
1/2 tsp
1 tsp soda
1 tsp vanilla

350 degrees 25 minutes


Bring to boil
1/2 c butter
3 1/2 T cocoa
1/3 c milk

1 box P sugar (powdered)
1 tsp vanilla

Add sugar, beat in mixer
add vanilla
beat til creamy, add nuts

Pour over hot cake

Found in "The House of Cobwebs" by Mary Reisner. Published by Grosset and Dunlap, 1944.

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Chris Childs, who entered over on Facebook.

As always, thanks to everyone for entering. See you here next week.

Friday Giveaway: 15 Vintage Classics - contest closed

Contest is now closed, this week's winner will be announced shortly.

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Freedom of '76

Photograph, no date or writing - but after about an hour of research, I believe it's a photo of the Philadelphia City Hall.

Here's a cleaned-up version of the photo:

And here's what City Hall looks like today:

Found in "Walls of Gold" by Kathleen Norris. Published by Doubleday & Doran, 1933.

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Double Vision

Stereo card, titled "American Scenery," featuring Genesee Falls, Ithaca New York.

Found in "A Memorial to Theodore Roosevelt" published by New York State, 1919.

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Page from a homemade 1934 calendar.

Found in "The Children's Friend" by Mrs. Adelaide Bee Evans. Published by Review and Herald, 1928.

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46th Annual Convention
New York State
October 10-14

New York

Found in "Amateur Telescope Making" edited by Albert Ingalls. Published by Scientific American Publishing, 1935.

The book has a neat bookplate as well:

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Giveaway Winner

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

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

Friday Giveaway: Signed Copies of FORGOTTEN BOOKMARKS and HANDWRITTEN RECIPES - contest closed

Contest now closed, winner will be announced shortly.

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Rock Lobster

Postcard featuring "The Lobster Oyster and Chop House," New York City, postmarked July 3, 1942:

Out on a spree again!

Vacation time!

No gas - using the R.R.

B & H

Found in "The Bird: Its Life and Structure" by Gertrud Hess. Published by Greenburg, 1951.

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The Story

Trade card advertising Niagara Gloss Starch.

Found in "The Story of the Palatines" by Sanford Cobb. Published by G.P. Putnam's, 1897.

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College Days

Note, perhaps a page from a diary. Thick paper:

The Place:  Cornell Univ. Ithaca

The Party: Fanning, McGuillen, Ruppert

Notes: Train from Hornell to Corning. Fenmer's (???) ford (?) to Ithaca.; Brough Lynch + Leany to Corning. Fixed them up. Embanned (???) Veronica at Pine St. Came back on train.

The Place: Alfred University

The Party: "Red" Hahn, "Bulldozer" Ryan, Ruppert

Notes: Good luck going. Met my brothers at Alfred. Chased by cop and tore my pants, had a fight, almost stole a dog, went to dance at Armory. Enjoyable day.

Found in "Tables of Complex Hyperbolic and Circular Functions" by A.E. Kennelly. Published by Harvard University Press, 1914.

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Grandma And Mom

Photograph. Written on reverse:

Grandma + Mom

Found in "Monarch the Big Bear" by Ernest Thompson Seton. Published by Scribners, 1922.

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Giveaway Winner

This week's winner was Kerri Avery, who entered on Facebook.

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

Friday Giveaway: Fourteen on the Thirteenth - contest closed

Contest now closed, winner will be announced shortly.

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Photograph, no date or writing on reverse.

Found in "The Stories of John Cheever" published by Alfred A. Knopf, 1978.

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I always like to share the neat things that come through the shop, this one was particularly amazing - the first edition, first printing, first state of Twain's classic "Huckleberry Finn" from 1885. Too bad about the condition, though.

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Given Name

Postcard featuring the 1000 Islands, postmarked July 7, 1914:

Dear Mrs. Wilbur -

I have though of you so often since my day in N - have wanted to write, but did not know your givebn name, Mrs. Holcomb called last eve, she told me. I want to thank you for your kindness to me -

Mrs. Dora New???

Found in "Beyond the End: A Story of a Ghost's Year" by Clarence Boutelle. Published by Phoenix Publishing, 1901.

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Gone With The Rinse


Hair cut $.75

wave set
shampoo (Halo)
hair rinse  - .53

gum .27


$1.55 spent on Tuesday

Found in "Gone With The Wind" by Margaret Mitchell. First edition, second printing (June 1936), Macmillan.

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Giveaway Winner

This week's winner was Karen Howell, who entered over on Facebook.

Thanks to all for entering, see you here next week.

Friday Giveaway: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare - contest closed

Contest now closed, winner announced shortly.

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Just A Girl

Trimmed photograph, no writing on reverse.

Found in "Girl With a Pearl Earring" by Tracy Chevalier. Published by Plume, 2001.

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Marinate Me

Recipe for marinated carrots:

2 lbs. carrots - clean and slice, then cook in salted water until tender; cool. Then combine the ff. ingredients:

2 lg onion, sliced into rings
1 lg pepper, cut into strips
1/2 c. vinegar
1/2 c. salad oil
1 cup sugar
1 cup tomato soup
1 teas. dry mustard
1 teas. Worcestershire

Refrigerate. Marinate for 4 hrs. Stir once in a while

Found in "The Dead Zone" by Stephen King. Published by Viking, 1979.

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Don't You Cry For Me

Small key, likely for a padlock.

Found in "Spurs for Suzanna" by Betty Cavanna. Published by Scholastic, 1962.

The winner of the Seuss tote was Anita Grimm Hohl, who entered on Facebook.

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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

It's the birthday of the good Doctor today, so we I thought it would be nice to celebrate with a little giveaway.

Here's a nice sturdy canvas tote bag featuring your friend and mine, The Cat in the Hat.

If you'd like it, leave a comment below. You can also enter on Facebook, Twitter or by email.

I will announce the winner with tomorrow's bookmark. Good luck!

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