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Beth C-H
Special Collections Librarian with a wicked cool 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
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Boston Children's Hospital held an event in early March at the Massachusetts State House, and since one of my colleagues at the State Library (in the State House) gathers handouts from State House events for our collections, when I saw the logo/letterhead on this one I ran to the event... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This year's annual meeting and fair of the Ephemera Society of America was the best one yet for me. We saw old friends, made some new ones, heard some very good papers on Friday, got to talk to our favorite vendors, and were reminded how much we love collecting ephemera.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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We need something to get us ready for the upcoming season, given that we're expecting 12-18 inches of snow tomorrow. How about the Red Sox home opener, scheduled for April 3? Here's a reminder: a baseball card, made of card stock, and featuring a ruler on both sides. That counts.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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In honor of International Women's Day, a selection of rulers in my collection from Rich Frog. Many more of the rulers include women in their lists, but the rulers in the image below feature women. Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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March 1: National Peanut Butter Lover's Day. I love the National Day Calendar. Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is participating in the Love Letters for Libraries Initiative. Here's my contribution. If you live in Massachusetts and want to contribute your our tribute to libraries (words are fine!), here's the link: https://lovemasslibraries.com/ Ruler template: Purchase (etsy) - Jessica Laurie, of JLaurieStudio - October... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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National Cook a Sweet Potato Day. Nope, not me, but you go right ahead. Sweet potato watercolor image: Purchase (etsy) - Jing Cheng/CornerCroft - 21 February 2017 Ruler template: Purchase (etsy) - Jessica Laurie, of JLaurieStudio - October 2012 Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Or else, what? This new ruler is not made of paper, but when I saw it on ebay last week I couldn't resist buying it because of the text on the front. (And also, it's a cat.) The character in question, labelled on the back of the packaging "Gatto Nero,"... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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I forgot to post this on Valentine's Day... Purchase (ebay) - Dwight Rader, Hartville, OH ("gottagoon-2") - 10 February 2017 Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Countdown to Valentine's Day: A children's fold-out valentine for "my nicest friend in all the school," this one with the year 1942 written on the back. The name, also on the back, looks like "Robert Flowers." No more clues! Purchase (ebay) - Katherine Kreider ("out of africa"), Lancaster, PA -... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Countdown to Valentine's Day: This postcard has a copyright date of 1908 by Raphael Tuck Sons & Co. It's postally unused, but inscribed (and addressed) to Merald Sornberger, in Sanborn, NY, from Donald. I did find on ancestry.com a Merald Sornberger, who was born in 1904 and died in 1964... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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A special friend has a birthday today, so when I was home Thursday on our Snow Day I made her some birthday rulers. She reads a lot! The ruler template is the one I've been using for many years, created by Jessica of JLaurieStudio on etsy. The other images also... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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I've used these designs before, but when the Governor tells you to stay home because of the snow storm, what else is there to do except make more snowflake rulers? We've already had one short episode of snow thunder, and as far as I know we could still get up... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This is a new group to me, despite its very long history (founded in 1847). According to its website, "The beginnings of the P.O.S. of A. Fraternity may be found in the early days of our American Republic. Patriots banded together to uphold the principles of Americanism and duty to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This new blotter has at least three of the "standard" ruler jokes, which, I suspect, I find funnier than other people do: "make it a Rule;" "...Quality Every Inch of the Way;" and "...measure for yourself!" Only problem with this one is that I can't figure out what the image... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Despite having a perfect sweatshirt and a pink hat all ready, I wasn't able to march yesterday because of a veterinary emergency that couldn't be postponed or ignored. I was with you all in spirit (and then later, on the T), and am delighted to read all about how Boston... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Ephemera at its best. Gift - SM - 14 Jan. 2017 Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2017 at Beth's Ruler Collection