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Beth C-H
Special Collections Librarian with a wicked cool 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 2 days ago 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 5 days ago 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
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Another beautiful ruler blotter, this one from 1948 advertising a bicycle shop in Tampa, Florida. Great graphics, and it's in very good shape for a useful object that's 70 years old. Purchase (ebay) - "gibsonvillepublib", Gibsonville, NC - rec'd 16 May 2018 Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This gorgeous new ruler blotter came as a gift from Dick Sheaff, whom we know from the Ephemera Society of America. I love it. Not many items in my collection have actual dates; this one has a calendar from 1896. It's full of interesting things, too, including a 3-digit phone... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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The Best thing for my collection? An item made of paper with a ruler on it, in good condition, with good design, and a catchy tag line: "Every Time We Make a Friend We Grow a Little." A blotter with rounded corners: even better than Best. (Sorry, Melania. The Be... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Tomorrow (Wednesday, May 9), from 12-1pm, the State Library of Massachusetts will hold its monthly Author Talk, this one featuring former State Representative Kathleen Teahan speaking about her book The Cookie Loved ‘Round the World: The Story of the Chocolate Chip Cookie. There's still room, in case you're in Boston... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Please note: in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we start off with a RULER. Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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I always wondered about that... This booklet is full of information about measurement, including my favorite kind of measurement: linear. Purchase (ebay) - "seuss1026" = Kelly Susa, Rochester, NY - received 10 March 2018 Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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We have one cat left. She is the best pet ever. Seriously. In our house, every day is National Pet Day. Ruler template: Purchase (etsy) - Jessica Laurie Nelson-Griffith, Las Vegas - 2017 Cats image: Purchase (etsy) - DigitalThings, Madison, Wisconsin - 10 April 2018 Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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..is something I know almost nothing about. There's a lot of embossing supplies at stores like Michael's, and I've seen some fine examples of embossed cards and scrapbook pieces on etsy. Etsy is where I bought this beautiful new ruler-embossed blank greeting card, shown here with its envelope. Perfect addition... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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To those of you who celebrate Easter: Happy Easter! To those of you who are happy to see winter departing in New England, Happy Spring! I may have gone a little overboard in Easter ruler/bookmarks this year. Please let me know if you want one; I have plenty... Ruler images:... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Tuesday (3/27/2018) was Massachusetts Agriculture Day at the State House, and during my lunch break I was able to visit many of the exhibitors, including MALCP (the Massachusetts Association of Lawn Care Professionals; the official association of lawn care professionals throughout Massachusetts). They were giving away rulers! Or, plastic instruments... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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One of the things that happens when you collect pretty much the same thing for over thirty years is that vendors know what you're looking for and keep their eyes open for potential items. Last weekend we attended the annual conference and ephemera fair of the Ephemera Society of America... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This beautiful blotter is a rich gold color printed with a deep purple ink. It promotes Polk's Bankers Encyclopedia, one of many publications of directory publisher R.L. Polk and Company, based (in its own building!) in Detroit. This title underwent many changes as the contents developed from the late 1890's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Non-emergency Executive Branch employees of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts did not have to report for work today, so I stayed home and made some paper rulers. (I didn't have enough of them!) The marbled and decorated papers were scanned from books in the library where I work; the ruler templates... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This ruler feels like ancient history. It came into my collection twelve years ago as a gift from the Curator of the Harvard Theatre Collection, the late Fredric Woodbridge Wilson, who had been my supervisor for six years when I worked there. At that time I hadn't yet refined my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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These custom-engraved rulers arrived on Friday from Harrisonburg, Virginia, from an etsy vendor who could not have been nicer to work with. I love them! Purchase (etsy) - Jessica Peachey, Blue Ridge Engraving, Harrisonburg, Virginia - rec'd 23 February 2018 Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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The new ruler-themed valentine that arrived yesterday is one of the coolest ruler-themed valentines I've ever seen, and I've seen a lot of ruler-themed valentines. It's full of little jokes ("I can't 'bear' it"; "It's against the 'rule' measuring my affection!"), it has a great design, is cute, and it's... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Recommended by Rolls-Royce, so these C-O-R products must be good! These two new ruler blotters arrived last month from Brisbane, Australia. The paper they're printed on is a little flimsier than what most blotters from the 1940s and 1950s printed in the US are on, but they're both in very... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This new birthday card just barely fits my ruler collection policy: it's made of paper, and it has an image of a measuring tape on it. I had to buy it though, because of the design. Who can resist a 1940s greeting card with a linear measuring instrument on it?... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection