The Last Puritan

Black and white photograph, no writing or date on reverse side.

Found in "The Last Puritan" by George Santayana. Published by Scribners, 1936.

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Giveaway winner

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

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

Friday Giveaway: 13 Vintage Books - contest closed

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In Favor Of The Day

 Note, appears to have come out of a writer's notebook:

Phrases - Descriptive Ideas - impressions etc.

The fragile world of new snow

The dull soft blue of predawn sky, rosy-edged behind the crisp black lace of bare trees. The pale moon still high. A long thin creeping streak of smoke from a jet plane chalking the sky across its face - as if cancelling out the night in favor of the day.

She spoke in a hoarse, halting whisper, breathless with pain.
Found in "The World Within: Fiction Illuminating the Neuroses of our Time" edited by Mary Louise Aswell. Published by Whittlesey House, 1947.

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Sound And Fury

 Trade card, text reads "Espagne. Au Son Des Castagnettes."

Found in "Poems by Helen Jackson" published by Roberts Brothers, 1892.

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Oh Fudge

 Recipe for fudge:

Fudge - Jewel(?) Beck

2 Cups Sugar
1/2 Cup Dark Karo
1/2 Cup milk
2 sqr. Bitter Bakers
pinch salt

All in pan, cook toll soft ball in water - about 5,8,10 min

Found in "Capital Stories by American Authors" published by The Christian Herald, 1903.

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Check Please

Check, dated June 7, 1926, in the amount of $9.36. Made out to "Morley Machinery" from Mills Brothers, Inc.

Found in "New York Walk Book" by Raymond Torrey, Frank Place Jr., and Robert Dickinson. Published by American Geographical Society, 1923.

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Lynn Ashley, who entered on Facebook.

Thanks to all who entered, see you on Monday.

Friday Giveaway: Webster's New International Dictionary, Second Edition - contest closed

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In Style

Photograph, about 4 inches by 6 inches. No writing.

Found in "Bayard Taylor's Poems" published by Houghton Mifflin, 1883.

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I have decided that I don't feature as many bookplates as I would like. Here's one I came across yesterday:

 "From the Books at Farandnear."

The book is "When Valmond Came to Pontiac: The Story of a Lost Napoleon" by Gilbert Parker. Published by Stone & Kimball, 1895.

If you like bookplates as much as I do, check out my collection on Pinterest:

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 Small printed illustration, colored with crayons. I believe it's a dog.

Found in "Donkey Donkey" by Roger Duvoisin. Published by Grosset and Dunlap, 1940.

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All Lit Up

This interesting book came with some interesting additions. Check out the drawing and writing:

The book is "Biltmore Oswald: The Diary of a Helpless Recruit" by J. Thorne Smith. Published by Frederick Strokes, 1918.

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Giveaway winner

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

Thanks so much to those who entered, see you on Monday.

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Friday Giveaway: 10 Vintage Classics - contest closed

Contest now closed, winner will be announced shortly.
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The Passion

Antique temperance trade card:

Wine is a Mocker;
Strong Drink is Raging.

Found in the lovely "Poems of Passion" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox. Published by W.B. Conkey, 1883.

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It Ain't Easy

 Recipe for "Cheezy Pretzels" -

1 1/2 cup flour
2 tsp bkg pwd
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt


2 tbsp butter - add, blend to size peas
1/2 cup shredded cheddar
2/3 cup milk

400 degrees for 20 min

Roll to 1/4 inc thick
Cut 1 in. piece (long)
Roll to like a snake

Found in "The Little Nugget" by P.G. Wodehouse. Published by Grosset and Dunlap, 1914.

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 Gift inscription:

Presented by Stockton Avenue Parent Teacher Association to Nancy White for having satisfactorily completed the reading course for the second grade for the year 1930 - 1931.

Mrs. Ruth

The book is "Aunt Martha's Corner Cupboard" by Mary and Elizabeth Kirby. Published by A. Flanagan Company, 1929.

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Mr. President

Two photographs of the Kinderhook, NY grave site of Martin Van Buren, eighth President of the United States.

Found in "Single Life: Unmarried Adults in Social Context" edited by Peter J. Stein. Published by St. Martin's Press, 1981.

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Sarah Coddington, who entered here on the site.

Thanks so much to everyone who entered, see you here on Monday.

Friday Giveaway: Limited Edition of The Great Gatsby - contest closed

Contest now closed, winner will be announced shortly.

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The Fortress

Four 3-cent stamps featuring La Fortaleza in Puerto Rico.

Found in "The Story of Everest" by Captain John Noel. Published by Blue Ribbon Books, 1931.

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Sun And Shadow

Photo postcard.

Found in "The Poetical Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes" published by Houghton Mifflin, 1890.

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Very Critical

Newspaper clipping, pasted on a sheet of paper. Dated January 13, 1938.

Found in "A Mirror For Witches" by Esther Forbes. Published by Houghton Mifflin, 1928.

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Who I Am Or Was

Inscription, dated May 3, 1960 - Oneonta NY:


Yes, I can see it all now, you in twenty years finding this book in some moldy old closet and wondering where the heck you got it from. Then you'll flip open the cover and see this and try to recollect who I am or was, depending. You'll slowly remember and that will be the end of it, and back into the moldy closet.

Well, hon I don't think I'll ever forget all the fun you, Sue and I had this past year. Good luck, I'm sure you'll be successful.


The book is "Van Gogh" by Rene Huyghe. Published by Crown, 1958.

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