Antique Books

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Antique Books

Post by Kitty » Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:02 pm

I love to collect antique books! One time, I acquired a book called The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley. I read the whole thing and was fascinated by the novel. It was published in 1919, and it mentioned going to see the photoplay Tarzan (1918). Cool, right?! Anyway, this book was such a fun read, and when I started researching about it to see if the guy had written other things, I realized that The Haunted Bookshop was the sequel to another book, Parnassus On Wheels (1917). That one happened to be on project gutenberg, so I read that, and loved it just as much.
What kinds of older books have you enjoyed? Maybe it was a book you had as a child, or maybe, like me, you happened upon an older publication that you fell in love with!
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Re: Antique Books

Post by donnie » Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:55 pm

One interesting one I remember reading was The Flight of the Silver Ship. Don't know the author, but I think I've got it still around the house somewhere. I found it among some old books in my grandparent's house in North Carolina.

It was a young person's novel, and the ambitious young hero was training to become the pilot of airship. He finally achieved success, much to his thrill and to that of his sweetheart, Dulcie. The copyright date was 1930, so that would have been right in the middle of the era of the big airships. Of course, that was before the Hindenburg disaster and all the other crashes that ended the era of the airship forever; so that book soon became obsolete in terms of plot—an interesting relic and fun to read.
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Re: Antique Books

Post by donnie » Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:04 pm

Full title: The Flight of the Silver Ship: Around the World Aboard a Giant Dirigible
by Hugh McAlister.

I had always been fascinated by those things (they were so massive!), so that's one thing that made it fun to read.

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Re: Antique Books

Post by Kitty » Wed Mar 08, 2017 7:40 am

Look what I found on project Gutenberg! http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/45208

Something I've always found interesting about the Hindenburg disaster is that it occurred close to where I grew up. Lakehurst is like 15 minutes from Brick.

I'm going to add that book to my kindle!
:geek: :lol:
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Re: Antique Books

Post by donnie » Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:41 am

Wow! Thanks for finding it. Mine has a cover exactly like that, only brown instead of blue. I don't remember much about the specifics of the plot, nor really much about the quality of the story—I just remember enjoying reading it. But that was a loooooong time ago. When you read it, let me know how you like it.

Re the 1918 Tarzan referred to in The Haunted Bookshop, I think that was the one with Enid Markey as Jane, who later played Mrs. Mendelbright on the Andy Griffith Show. I'm thinking that film is still extant.

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Re: Antique Books

Post by Kitty » Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:20 am

donnie wrote:
Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:41 am
Re the 1918 Tarzan referred to in The Haunted Bookshop, I think that was the one with Enid Markey as Jane, who later played Mrs. Mendelbright on the Andy Griffith Show. I'm thinking that film is still extant.
I did a quick Google earlier and it seems it does still exist! It's on YouTube. I don't know why I didn't watch it before!
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Post by Kitty » Mon May 22, 2017 9:26 pm

I went to some antique shops over the weekend, and found four really sweet books to add to my collection. One is a small book. It is a Rand McNally Junior Elf book called Pussy Cat Talks to Her Kittens. It is from 1942, about 20 pages. There are some really pretty color pictures in it, as well. It tells about Pussy Cat and her kittens named Fluff, Ruff, Buff, and Tuff. They are funny names, aren't they?
Pussy Cat gives her babies a lesson every day. She teaches them about forgiveness, love, helpfulness, gratefulness, and even that there is good in everyone. I was very surprised and pleased that so much loveliness was in this book, and it really isn't dumbed down like many stories that teach can be. My cats give this one four paws up.
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Re: Antique Books

Post by donnie » Mon May 22, 2017 10:16 pm

Nice find! This is the first I've heard of that series of books. The only ones similar to this I am familiar with are the Golden Books.

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Re: Antique Books

Post by Kitty » Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:03 pm

I went through Project Gutenberg and put tons of antique children's books on my Kindle. Not the same, but very interesting nonetheless. This is a frame from a picture book called The Motor Car Dumpy Book from 1904. It's a picture book. There was a series of Dumpy Books. I don't know why they're called Dumpy! :lol:
Anyway I thought this frame was very funny and silly.
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Re: Antique Books

Post by donnie » Sun Aug 13, 2017 5:00 pm

Kitty wrote:
Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:03 pm
I went through Project Gutenberg and put tons of antique children's books on my Kindle. Not the same, but very interesting nonetheless.
I like that drawing. That sounds very interesting. Can you give me a link to where these things are?

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