Antique Books

This is the place for talking about vintage books, posting random vintage photos, and anything else vintage paper memorabilia!
User avatar
Kitty
Posts: 3903
Joined: Sat Feb 25, 2017 8:57 pm

Re: Antique Books

Post by Kitty » Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:10 am

I haven't read it yet, either. Do you know who the first lady is offhand? The other two are John Bunny and Lillian Walker. I have the last picture as my Twitter avatar! ☺️
You trying to tell me you didn't hear that shriek? That was something trying to get out of its premature grave, and I don't want to be here when it does. - Phantom of the Paradise (1974)

User avatar
donnie
Posts: 3051
Joined: Sun Feb 26, 2017 8:28 am

Re: Antique Books

Post by donnie » Mon Jan 29, 2018 10:23 pm

Kitty wrote:
Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:10 am
I haven't read it yet, either. Do you know who the first lady is offhand? The other two are John Bunny and Lillian Walker. I have the last picture as my Twitter avatar! ☺️
No, I’m not sure who that is, though she seems vaguely familiar.

User avatar
Kitty
Posts: 3903
Joined: Sat Feb 25, 2017 8:57 pm

Re: Antique Books

Post by Kitty » Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:25 am

"Sauntering across this bridge, one passes, on his way to Uffizi, various shops in narrow streets, where the sold off Florentine manufacture are displayed. Such pretty silks, dear girls, and so cheap! For a mere song you may go dressed like the butterflies, in Florence, clad in bright, sheeny raiment, spun by native worms out of native mulberry leaves. Equally cheap are the cameos, and the coral, that are brought here from neighboring Naples, and the turquoises, imported directly from the Eastern market, and the mosaics, inlaid of precious stones in Florence herself." - A Child of Florence

This book is so lovely! It makes me want to go there! I wonder if it's really as lovely as the book says it is? It's really a shame that there is no author.
You trying to tell me you didn't hear that shriek? That was something trying to get out of its premature grave, and I don't want to be here when it does. - Phantom of the Paradise (1974)

User avatar
donnie
Posts: 3051
Joined: Sun Feb 26, 2017 8:28 am

Re: Antique Books

Post by donnie » Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:07 pm

That does sound so beautiful, doesn't it? How I'd like to be there... My wife was in Florence a couple of years ago and she thoroughly enjoyed it. I believe it was her favorite part of the trip she was on. But she did not go to the Uffizi. I criticized her severely for that!

User avatar
Kitty
Posts: 3903
Joined: Sat Feb 25, 2017 8:57 pm

Re: Antique Books

Post by Kitty » Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:13 pm

Honestly, I feel like a dunce to say that I have never even heard of Uffizi! Can you believe it? This book is the first I've heard of it.

I finished the book. It was not really a story, more a short grazing biography of a rich American who spent her childhood in Florence. More like what it was like to live in an artist's paradise. I was surprised, when I finished the book, that it was over.... there were still like 10 pages left at least! They were advertisements for other books that the publisher put out.
You trying to tell me you didn't hear that shriek? That was something trying to get out of its premature grave, and I don't want to be here when it does. - Phantom of the Paradise (1974)

User avatar
donnie
Posts: 3051
Joined: Sun Feb 26, 2017 8:28 am

Re: Antique Books

Post by donnie » Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:28 pm

I never looked in the back. A lot of books in that era had ads of that sort in the back, and sometimes they're very interesting.

I probably wouldn't know about Uffizi, either, except I used to have a strong interest in fine art—well, still do, though I don't look at paintings as much. But Uffizi is where there are a lot of famous works, including the Botticelli Birth of Venus.

User avatar
Kitty
Posts: 3903
Joined: Sat Feb 25, 2017 8:57 pm

Re: Antique Books

Post by Kitty » Fri Feb 16, 2018 8:32 pm

The advertisements on the back make me want every book on there! :lol: I just love old books so much! The pages in this book are so thick! I didn't know it would be such a quick read.
You trying to tell me you didn't hear that shriek? That was something trying to get out of its premature grave, and I don't want to be here when it does. - Phantom of the Paradise (1974)

User avatar
Kitty
Posts: 3903
Joined: Sat Feb 25, 2017 8:57 pm

Re: Antique Books

Post by Kitty » Tue May 15, 2018 7:12 pm

Today I found a really cool thing! It's a souvenir book from a play..... From 1886!
The play opened on nov 10 1885 according to ibdb.com, and it says it was the 200th showing. The pictures are printed on silk or something.
IMG_20180515_183332261~01.jpg
IMG_20180515_183332261~01.jpg (1.75 MiB) Viewed 320 times
IMG_20180515_190835219~01.jpg
IMG_20180515_190835219~01.jpg (1.65 MiB) Viewed 320 times
IMG_20180515_191628010~01.jpg
IMG_20180515_191628010~01.jpg (2.23 MiB) Viewed 320 times
IMG_20180515_191736329~01.jpg
IMG_20180515_191736329~01.jpg (2.37 MiB) Viewed 320 times
IMG_20180515_183413264~01.jpg
IMG_20180515_183413264~01.jpg (3.59 MiB) Viewed 320 times
IMG_20180515_183422982_BURST001~01.jpg
IMG_20180515_183422982_BURST001~01.jpg (3.08 MiB) Viewed 320 times
IMG_20180515_192148535~01.jpg
IMG_20180515_192148535~01.jpg (1.59 MiB) Viewed 319 times
You trying to tell me you didn't hear that shriek? That was something trying to get out of its premature grave, and I don't want to be here when it does. - Phantom of the Paradise (1974)

User avatar
Kitty
Posts: 3903
Joined: Sat Feb 25, 2017 8:57 pm

Re: Antique Books

Post by Kitty » Tue May 15, 2018 10:09 pm

Kitty wrote:
Tue May 15, 2018 7:12 pm
Today I found a really cool thing! It's a souvenir book from a play..... From 1886!
The play opened on nov 10 1885 according to ibdb.com, and it says it was the 200th showing. The pictures are printed on silk or something.
IMG_20180515_183332261~01.jpgIMG_20180515_190835219~01.jpgIMG_20180515_191628010~01.jpgIMG_20180515_191736329~01.jpgIMG_20180515_183413264~01.jpgIMG_20180515_183422982_BURST001~01.jpg
IMG_20180515_192148535~01.jpg
Well, guess what? I did some digging, and found mention in the May 13, 1886 issue of Life magazine that One of our Girls would be having its last performance on May 22nd, 1886. Its 200th performance. So what we have here is the playbill for Helen Dauvray's last performance of one of, if not her biggest success.
Screenshot_20180515-215208~01.png
Screenshot_20180515-215208~01.png (68.38 KiB) Viewed 311 times
I found out that she was married to a baseball player John Montgomery Ward who was famed but average in his playing ability. They were a famous couple while married. Have you heard of something called the Dauvray Cup? It was the first version of the world series trophy, named after Helen, who presented the cup. You can read more about that here.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dauvray_Cup
By my math, the two were married for about 5 years. 3 years later she married Admiral Albert G. Winterhalter, and stayed married till his death in 1920. Helen died 3 years later at 64.
I had a whole lot of fun researching her!
You trying to tell me you didn't hear that shriek? That was something trying to get out of its premature grave, and I don't want to be here when it does. - Phantom of the Paradise (1974)

User avatar
donnie
Posts: 3051
Joined: Sun Feb 26, 2017 8:28 am

Re: Antique Books

Post by donnie » Tue May 15, 2018 10:25 pm

What a wonderful find!! That must have been quite an expensive and prominent production to have such an extravagant program. And I noticed that the orchestra played a composition by Miss Dauvray between acts.

No, I had not heard of the cup, nor of her husband. That’s an interesting bit of hostory.

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest