Sunday, July 20, 2008

Catching up & Show-n-Tell is BACK....

Phew! What a week! This was our main soccer camp week...so a good majority of my time was spent in the car or sitting and waiting...not too much computer time and no time to blog....sorry 'bout that....

But I am making up for it today, because it's Sunday and Show-n-Tell Sundays are back. This week's hostess is Cerri at The little Pink Studio. If you'd like to learn more about Show-n-Tell Sundays, go visit her studio. Be prepared to spend your afternoon (or morning or evening) surfing all of the Show-n-Tell links...great eye candy here!
Show us your vintage paper...that's this week's theme.

Oh my...I am going to flood you with images here, and this is only a portion of what I could post...

I have a thing for old books, pamphlets, etc.

The pages and books I am showing you this morning came from one barn sale (the same one I got these cuties at, which also fit this week's theme, but they've already been the subject of a s-n-t), stacked up in the corner, looking extremely neglected. They weren't even marked with a price. I figured that even at a buck a book, I would come home with a good sized stack. Imagine my suprise when I asked and was told "five cents each".....WHAAAA??? Seriously?

My impulse control seriously abandoned me at this point....I think I came home with about 20 books...one was even FREE (I'll point that one out in the photo descriptions)....


I love the spines of old books, and while technically, they aren't vintage paper, I'm sharing some of the covers anyway, just because I can (*wink*)....









Fuss-budget's Folks...love that title! And the cover features some very cute children....



These next two covers are too pretty not to share. The pictures are separate prints that have been glued to the cover...



Being a decorative painter, my heart always flutters over an authentic crackle finish...and she wears the "wrinkles" so well....



One more cover and then we'll get to the meat (err...pages) ...remember, nothing in this post cost me more than FIVE cents... I still can't believe that myself....


This ledger is mostly blank pages (someone cut out most of the used pages), but still my favorite find of the day. I've seen these go for more than I wanted to pay on Ebay (and I was willing to go over 5 cents-lol)...



This photograph was tucked in the book (actually two copies)...nice house....



A page that was cut out, folded and tucked back in the book...



Look closely at those postal rates....5 cents (I see a trend here) to ship a pound up to 150 miles from home....I wish!



This is a birthday reminder book. Really lovely in it's simplicity, each day has a nice quote or scripture passage with room to write your special someones information...



Another birthday entry...



OK I just thought this title was a little cheeky...



And this one a little poignant...written about the Civil War...



And this one FREE...The spine of this book is no more...it is literally being held together by strings.....
The People's Home Library, published in 1915. I'm not going to show you anything from the "Home Medical" (taking care of your humans) or "Home Stock" (taking care of your critters) sections because they are mostly filled with pictures of rashes and other yucky stuff , but the "Home Recipes" sections is filled with all sorts of little gems.....
....such as this sketch to help you identify different plants...just in case you're going on a nature walk....
...or the various medicinal uses for the tobacco plant....n-i-c-e.....a narcotic and a diuretic....
Being a WAHM, this one has got to be my favorite, though...."Domestic Science"....
Don't you want to take the Housekeeper's Creed? I am being just a little cheeky myself here, but if you click the pic it will open in a larger window and you can actually read most of it....Why shouldn't housekeeping be considered "the highest art"? On second thought.....
So there you have my Show -n- Tell for this time...as I said earlier, I could keep going (have a growing collection of military life themed ephemera and there are some real winners in this one, but I will save that for another day), but if you even made it this far, you deserve a really big chocolate chip cookie, cooked following the rules of domestic science, of course.....
Be sure to join me tomorrow for Monkey in the Middle...I've got links to share with you!
And a finished project....
'Til next time....

7 comments:

Kitschen Pink said...

I read that page - oh dear! Poor lamb! I guess you had to justify the drudge to yourself someway in the days before automatic washing machines, vacuum cleaners etc. but I think this poor love is pushing a point - one might almost suspect that it was written by a hopeful hubby! HA!
Lovely books. Spines and all! t.x

Clever Karen said...

Beautiful vintage books! Wow!

Lori said...

Steph, i loved seeing all of your vintage papers:) LOVE the books you got, at that amazing price i would have abandoned all impulse control too...i really love the one that is crumbling apart, my very favorite antique book looks just the same...it literally falls apart when i am looking at it, leaving brown paper confetti all around...

Beth said...

Beautiful photos, I love old books too. I have a collection that belonged to my parents. I love the look, the feel and the musty smell of them.

Shanda said...

Hello there, glad you stopped by for a visit. I too have that "Home Medical" book by Barnum. I only bought it because it was so old, so old in fact one can't find hardly anything listed in it to make their remedies and politices. I bet if it don't cure ya, you feel better anyway, like dead. Some of the stuff was unbelievable.
You are one talented lady and I feel honored that you visited with me. I be back for more, I think I could learn alot from you.
Great work

Catnip Studio said...

You snagged some beautiful old books. I, too, love books (stacks everywhere, sorted by theme), and one room of our home is dedicated to our combined 48 years of Navy service and militariana (is that a word?) collecting. My dad calls it "the war room," we call it "the office." Kathy

fauxbrit13 said...

Hi Steph! just love your latest vin book finds to *bits*... stumbled upon your blog from vintage+goodness. My abso fav one is the "People's Home Library" and would love the little home remedies! to use here in the UK! The funniest was the uses for tobacco plant! PILES (old term in US but used in UK)! hilarious to imagine applying the TP (not toilet paper) to your own (or someone else's) private swollen "poo pipe"! I subscribed to your newsletter and look forward to connecting through *bits* of vintage!!!
bb (an american, now fauxbrit*ish)