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Beth C-H
Special Collections Librarian with a wicked cool ruler collection
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Consistency is good. (Continual improvement is better!) According to MyCompanies Wiki, "The Pratt Food Company was founded in 1872 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Its industry was poultry remedies and its headquarters remained in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was around until at least 1950. It had a Canadian subsidiary called the Pratt Food... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Beth's Ruler Collection
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These days, I need Cute. Purchase (etsy) - "daintydoodler", Rhoose, UK - April 2017 Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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I like the arrows. I like that there's more than just one good rule. Purchase (ebay) - "mikzcardz" = Mike Surratt, Glen Dale, MD - 9 August 2017 Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Uh oh. I'm getting tired of the old "good rule" ruler joke. What does this mean!? Do I have to start collecting Faberge eggs, or 25 carat diamond jewelry?! Here's the latest "A Good Rule" acquisition: a campaign blotter from William Zimmerman Scott's 1958 campaign for State Senator from Pennsylvania's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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...is its Mother. The Next Best, Dr. Hand's Colic Cure." This beauty, dating from sometime after April 1894 (the date of the testimonial letter printed on the back), has multiple uses. The most important to me, of course, is the ruler along the top and bottom edges of the front.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Another example of a ruler that's in my collection even though it doesn't quite fit my collection policy (it's made of plastic, not paper), but in this case, the message trumps the medium. Purchase (ebay) - AZEEDA, Stalybridge, UK - 20 May 2017 Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Look at this beauty! Through etsy I ordered a 12-inch ruler, described by its creators as "hand-carved wooden rulers are unlike anything you can find in stores, and are crafted from salvaged wood found on the beach or the forest floor." It turned out to be even more beautiful in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Over the past year a number of these union blotters came up for sale on ebay; I've won two. This one warns that bread without the union label is made under "unfair working conditions, long hours and low wages." I haven't yet figured out if the story about an Iowa... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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In our house, we call all food that comes from the ocean "c-food," which sounds just like "seafood" but reflects our dislike for the taste. In this case, the "C" stands for "cat." Last Friday we both had a day off from work, and we visited the North End of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2017 at Beth's 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 Aug 20, 2017 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