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Beth C-H
Special Collections Librarian with a wicked cool ruler collection
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The paper packaging for these two cotton-tipped applicators is decorated with my favorite theme, and with more information crammed into a small space than I've ever seen. My plan is to keep them sterile. I scanned the package against a background of marbled paper from the cover of a book... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Still haven't solved all the historical mysteries inspired by the text on this blotter, especially the "Q" reference. I do know from documents on the Ward Baking Company website that there were significant problems with bakery unions in the early 1920s'; this blotter may date from that time. The Ward... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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I bought this card in early August, in plenty of time to give to Tom for our 34th anniversary, but then of course forgot that I had it and made him one. If I save it for next year, there's no way I'll remember, so I gave it to him... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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These trade cards, which also serve as 1/8th yard measures for sewing baskets, started as blanks and then were printed with the business names and product information. This particular trade card may be one of the oldest paper rulers in my collection, and, it's from Boston! 113 Blackstone Street is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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I've had these for almost ten years and just re-discovered them while doing some organizing up in the Ruler Room. Clearly not appropriate for brain surgery, but still beautiful. Purchase (etsy) - Hesty Widyastini, Indonesia - rec'd 23 March 2009 Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Some day I'm going to do a whole exhibit of advertisements featuring rulers. Not rulers that advertise specific businesses (though that would be a much easier exhibit because I have so many of them), but ads like the one below that use an image of a linear measurement device and/or... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This bookmark, a promotional piece for the 2014 film A Fault in Our Stars, was an ebay purchase even though it's marked NOT FOR SALE. (Probably because it was a promotional piece...) The movie, a production of Twentieth Century Fox and starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, is described as... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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You might be amazed at how many different "you rule" cards are out there, or even better, are in my ruler collection. I have a whole box of blank "you rule" cards like the one below, and another whole box for specific people or events. Father's Day and graduation "you... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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"Fish measurement" is one of the sub-categories in my ruler collection, and most of the items in this category are either legitimate rulers for people who catch fish, or "joke" rulers that exaggerate the measurement. So I'm always happy to find a fish-measurement item made of paper! Purchase (etsy) -... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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In honor of National Sisters Day, and because my sister loves birds, a ruler with two Black-capped chickadees. Besides my real sister, I'm lucky to have five sisters-in-law, who are like sisters to me. Very lucky. Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Every year, on August 4th, it's National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. (In our house, it's National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day pretty much every day of the year.) I made the collage of five chocolate chip rulers two years ago, but apparently never posted the image. If you want to read... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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One is what I collect: measuring rulers made out of paper or items such as cards and valentines and blotters with rulers on them. The other is a job title, given to people whose companies either sold machines that drew straight lines on paper, or the people themselves if they... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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I admit it: sometimes I buy Cute. This new ruler, an etsy purchase from the PrintsMori division of Kikuike Handmade Studio, came in a hand-designed matchbox, which is actual matchbox size. The interior packaging had the word "Yummy" printed right on it. Who could argue?? Purchase (etsy) - PrintsMori division... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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How I decide whether or not to add a ruler to my collection: make a list of pros and cons, of course. First, the rulers in question: Next: retention-decision chart: Call: don't keep in ruler collection; give to worthy recipients; don't buy any more of these things unless you need... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This is a Hallmark Card © 1939, made to celebrate a fifth birthday. The inside text says that the card includes a "pin," and there are definitely pin holes visible on the back side of the panel that has the bear, but the pin is long gone. Of course, all... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Really? This new/old (ca 1909) blotter promises that the cough remedy kills coughs, colds & croup, so I can't imagine any child liking it! Purchase (ebay) - "midwayva" = D. James, Elizabethtown, PA - rec'd 7 July 2018 Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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A friend, whose birthday was on the Fourth of July, is a big fan of wolves and wolf conservation projects, so she got these custom-made bookmarks in her birthday card. Ruler template: Purchase (etsy) - JLaurieStudio Wolf silhouettes: Purchase (etsy) - STARDESIGN66 Wolf design: Purchae (etsy) - MorganaMackickSpell Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Another advertising blotter from one of my favorite blotter dealers ("buvard" in French), this one promoting the Frigeco brand of refrigerators. I'm guessing 1950s, though the brand was around since the 1930s. Who knew there were so many size options? Purchase (ebay) - "argos30" = Daniel Eghiazarian, Nimes, France -... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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If you know the source of this new ruler--my friend Michael Angelo--the message is pretty funny. Chances are good (NOT) that he is a member of some sort of Temperance Union, whether it's the New York Women's Christian Temperance Union or not. Gift - F. Michael Angelo, Philadelphia, PA -... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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In my box of ruler-themed cards for specific days (Valentines Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, etc.) there are a LOT of Father's Day cards. Here's the latest: a home-made card by "CardStampinGranny," purchased on etsy in early June. I love it. Happy Father's Day to all! Purchase (etsy) - CardStampinGranny... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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One of the things we did today was clean out cabinets in our kitchen to make sure there was no way mice could get into them. We also stuffed all openings behind our movable cabinets with rodent control steel wool fill fabric (a wicked strong steel wool) from a kit... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This postcard shows a bird's eye view of Boston at around the turn of the century, after the Back Bay was built up and before U.S. postal regulations required postcards to have divided backs (1907). Now that I've scanned it to make a new ruler, I'll be donating it to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This ruler has long been a favorite, and I'm baffled by why I've never written about it on this blog. 'Til now! Some of the text comes from Robert Burns' 1794 song/poem A Red, Red Rose,* but I'm pretty sure his work didn't start with the word TEENAGER, and I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Since the time I first started collecting rulers over 30 years ago, and especially since I narrowed the collection policy in 2011 to paper rulers, my standards for acceptable condition of items I buy have been upgraded. Normally I look for "very good" to "like new." In this case, however,... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This ebay purchase came with six cat-shaped paperclips and is another example of how sometimes I deviate from my fairly strict collecting guidelines: this ruler is NOT made of paper. Purchase (ebay) - Ashraf Hamza "ekabuki-onlinestore", Tokyo, Japan - rec'd 26 April 2018 Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection