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Kick Him Out!

CaptureI haven’t posted for a long time, but I had to share this. It is from the funniest book I’ve read in a long time: A Bad Boy’s First Reader written by Frank Bellew and published in New York by G.W. Carleton & Co. in 1881. I got it from a archive of 6,000 historical children’s books digitized and posted online by the University of Florida’s Baldwin Library, which I discovered at Open Culture. Check it out, it’s wonderful!CaptureCapture


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Booklovers Vintage Valentine Inspiration




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1901 Nursery Rhyme Parody Showing the Fate of Toys

Nursery Rhymes of Toyland

From Go Comics (Click)

The 1842 rhyme ~

Solomon Grundy
Born on Monday
Christened on Tuesday
Married on Wednesday
Ill on Thursday
Worse on Friday
Died on Saturday
Buried on Sunday
That is the end of Solomon Grundy.

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Remembrance Day: Books in War

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“The CBW [Council on Books and Wartime] provided stories that were approved by the army for soldiers to read during service. This publishing movement resulted in the paperback boom during the war. Armed Service Editions, which are smaller and portable books, were popularized and easier for soldiers to take into battle.” Rosa Johnson ‘The Effect of Literature in the WWII Trenches” Linfield Review

But what did the ordinary soldiers of World War I read on a daily basis during life in the trenches? Reading material was in heavy demand from the men living in cramped conditions in a war that was static for long periods of time.

Perhaps the safest answer is anything they could get their hands on. Most soldiers travelled light to the front and then craved books and magazines once they were embroiled in the stalemate. They would read anything that could take their thoughts off the mud, the rats, the shelling, the smell, the snipers and the prospect of going over the top and charging machine gun emplacements.” Abe Books “Trench Literature – Reading in World War I” by Richard Davies, Udo Goellmann & Sara Melendre

Cornell University 2010

“This is a book about war but it is also a book about the diplomacy of books. As an international and comparative history of wartime publishing, it presents deeply contextualized accounts, offering multiple contemporary perspectives, a true mark of scholarship that constructs the book trade as an international phenomenon. It will for sure make its mark in many fields, but it is deeply embedded in our own.” 2010 George A. and Jean S. DeLong Book History Book Prize from the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP). (Source) (Book Website)


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An Ancestor of the Programmable Computer

I’ve never seen a computer so beautiful.

Via TYWKIWDBI (where there’s more info)

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The Very Cool Pulp-O-Mizer


So much fun and could be great for school projects.
Make your own at PULP-O-MIZER

Discovered at TYWKIWDBI


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“Twas the Night Before Christmas” 1920 Thomas Edison Video Recording

“Heres a virtual movie of Father Christmas (Santa Claus) reading the poem by Clement Clarke Moore (1779 – 1863) “Twas the Night Before Christmas”. The poem is read definitively by Ernest Hare,and was recorded by Thomas Edison 1920″

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Reading in Colour Circa 1910

This image is from a very interesting post at Kuriositas about colour photography in the early 1900’s.

I wonder how long the elegantly boutonniere’d subject had to hold up this hefty volume for this pose. He must have had strong hands. He wears a look of what could be impatience dissolving into annoyance, which may have been staged (serious countenances being de rigueur for formal photographs at the time), or perhaps it was the strain of the pose after all. I tried to make out the title of the book to no avail. Let me know if you can identify it or anything else about this intriguing photograph.

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Man Reading

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Earliest Dickens Film: The Death of Poor Joe (1901)

“This recent rediscovery is believed to be the earliest surviving film inspired by the work of Charles Dickens, in this case the character of Jo the crossing sweep from ‘Bleak House’. ‘The Death of Poor Joe’ was almost certainly made by pioneer filmmaker G.A. Smith and predates his 1901 adaptation of ‘A Christmas Carol’, ‘Scrooge, or Marley’s Ghost’.” Edwardian Era


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