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Beth C-H
Special Collections Librarian with a wicked cool ruler collection
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This week's happy event (33rd wedding anniversary on August 18) brought a load of new paper rulers into the collection. I know, very romantic, right? This one may be my favorite: it fits the first two major criteria of my ruler collection perfectly (made of paper, shows linear measurement), but... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Today is International Left Handers Day, celebrated below with a selection of my rulers that tell the truth: Lefties Rule. Today and every day. Purchases, most from Lefty's-The Left Hand Store, San Francisco - various dates Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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According to the National Day Calendar, today is National Watermelon Day, among other things. Who doesn't love watermelon? Here are five new rulers to help measure how far you can spit out the seeds. Watermelon images: Purchase (etsy) - La Petite Prune, Reus, Spain - 3 August 2017 Ruler template:... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This new acquisition consists of two identical trade cards for FAB soap flakes, a product introduced by Colgate in the 1920s. I wish advertisers would still use rulers to make their promotional products useful as much as they did in the early-to-mid 20th century. We would all be much happier...... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This week's new ruler/blotter advertises H.E. Millard in Annville, Pennsylvania, home of the World's Most Modern Lime Plant. I love the graphics, and the blotter is in perfect condition. Purchase (ebay) - "macmac10" - Craig D. McFarland, Southbridge, MA - 26 July 2017 Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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There are a lot of things I don't know about this ruler, and a few things I DO know. Sunshine Park was a nudist camp on Somers Point – Mays Landing Road along the Great Egg Harbor River, and said to be the first of its kind in the country;... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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I mean, so far. This one, when it was first issued, featured a ruler that pivoted back and forth on a small round fastener (see bottom right of top photo). The fastener no longer allows the ruler part to pull out, but you can see how it was supposed to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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One of my favorite ruler jokes! (I know, that's sad...) This new blotter advertises Hotchkiss staplers, as sold by H.S. Crocker Company, Inc., San Francisco, Sacramento, and Fresno. It's in great condition. Purchase (ebay) - "bajababalu2" Dada Mercantile, Pioneer, CA - 10 July 2017 Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Happy Fourth of July to all! Ruler images: Purchase (etsy) - Jessica Laurie, of JLaurieStudio Fireworks (24 separate png files!): Purchase (etsy) - HuckleberryHearts Digital Designs Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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These new planner insert rulers came as a gift from Tom's sister and brother-in-law, and they're perfect for today. We're expecting a very quiet day at work, though the legislature isn't quite finished with the fiscal year business and they may be busy upstairs passing laws. Or not. The dog... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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My new motto? This blotter (green border added in photoshop) from Tegtmeier Bros. of Millstadt, Illinois, was a recent ebay purchase. I have hundreds, perhaps thousands, of paper blotters with rulers along the edge, but this one has the ruler/measurement theme imbedded in the image. Works for me, and for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Actually, a Good Rule for just about anything you do! No date on this new blotter, but I'm guessing from the design of the telephone that it's from the late 1910s or early 1920s. At least the phone is; can't say for sure about the blotter itself. Purchase (ebay) -... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This time: advertising advertising. An egg-shaped trade card for Geo. S. Holland, using a standard card that could be custom-printed for a specific business. I bought it because it's made of paper, and lists rulers as specialties for the advertiser: "Yard Sticks, Foot Rules, 4 varieties, Folding Foot Rules, Six-Inch... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Once again, a new acquisition that doesn't fit my collection policy perfectly, but one I couldn't resist. This treasure is an advertising ruler advertising advertising rulers. I count my blessings every day that I'm so easily amused. Purchase (etsy) - Lori Card (MyPeddlersAlley), Milford, NH - 31 May 2017 Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Today! Here's a new ruler made from an image I found, in google images, of donuts from Sandy's Donuts and Coffee Shop in West and North Fargo, North Dakota (two locations). Ruler image, as usual, from Jessica Laurie of JLaurieStudio. Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This new blotter advertises Lander's general merchandise, a store in Lucinda, Pennsylvania. I had to look up where Lucinda was (northwest part of the state, in Clarion County). And look at the phone number! Purchase (ebay) - "paperdraggin", Akron, OH - 26 May 2017 Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This vintage Hallmark card is inscribed by "STephen" to his grandmother. I didn't see until it arrived in the mail that the measuring tape extended all around the sides and top of the card. Some former designer at Hallmark must love rulers as much as I do! Purchase (ebay) -... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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With a pearl, even. Happy Mother's Day to all. Purchase (etsy) - 2HeartsB1 (Jillian Yee-Pham), Valley Village, CA - 27 May 2014 Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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In our house, pretty much everything I find beautiful I make into a ruler. This new one features dogwood blossoms photographed last Sunday in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, where I went for a walk with two friends from high school. We had a great time, and the dogwood trees... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This birthday card is folded into sections that measure about 6 3/4 inches each; unfolded, it's over 40 inches. I had to scan it in sections and then re-assemble the pieces in Adobe Illustrator. You may not be able to see the details, but you'll definitely see the overall effect.... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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On Saturday, April 29, members of The Ticknor Society traveled to Haverhill, MA, to visit the Museum of Printing in its new space. We had first visited the museum in 2004, when it was still in Andover. The new space feels just right for the Museum's collections and programs, all... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Here's another trade card from the 1870's, this one advertising a business in Boston called "J. Baird." They were dealers in "Fancy, Christmas, New Year; and Birthday Cards, Embossed Pictures, chromos, Oleographs, Paper Canoes, Fancy Boxes, Panels, Easels and all fancy Paper Goods." (New word for me: Oleographs. According to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This ad for Remington typewriters describes a new feature: the Remington Column Selector. From what I can find on the web this new feature debuted in the mid 1910's and functioned much like pre-set tabs in our current word processing. Technically, the black designs on the top and bottom of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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These guys don't fit my ruler collection policy (they're made of plastic, not paper), but when I saw them for sale on etsy there was no way I could avoid buying them. No way. They've already made several recipients very happy and it's not even Easter! Purchase (etsy) - ThreeLittleBuhos,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection