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Original ‘Yes, Virginia’ Santa Letter — 1897

“DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old. “Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. “Papa says, ‘If you see it in THE SUN it’s so.’ “Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus? “VIRGINIA … Continue reading

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Medieval Costume Needs Good Girdle Book

Thinking medieval this Halloween? If you want to dress the part of a monk, judge or noble from the Middle Ages, and be authentic, then you must put your girdle on; that is, a girdle book, from the less widely … Continue reading

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Fielding’s Travel Guide to Europe (1952) – History, Culture and “Mad Men” Personified

Sex, black markets and fine dining. Yes, it sounds like the juicy trappings of a Bond novel, but it’s actually an intriguing non-fiction travel guide that develops into a–sometimes troubling–snapshot of early post-World War II Europe and the U.S. — … Continue reading

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Books in Still Life: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

This is the beginning of a series I call, Books in Still Life, utilizing another medium to examine vintage books and papers. I chose this first vintage photograph because I was reminded of this haunting image when I recently came … Continue reading

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CICERO ~ “Of Old Age” and “Of Friendship” (1481)

I was searching for a fine vintage book to pay homage to Cicero, the one who’s wise words grace this blog’s banner — “A room without books is like a body without a soul” — and boy did I find … Continue reading

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