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Beth C-H
Special Collections Librarian with a wicked cool ruler collection
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Work: the best collection of easily-accessible [not microfilm] city directories in the entire Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Home: the world's largest collection of paper rulers. (Unverified; I welcome information about any bigger or better collections, and I will gladly share my Collection Policy.) When work meets home: the ruler/bookmark below was... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Many ebay dealers include rulers in the photographs of the items they're selling to make it easier for potential buyers to see the size of the item. So I almost missed this new postcard. The ruler here is actually printed ON the postcard, as part of the original photo of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2019 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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NPR ran a story this morning about the 75th anniversary of the character Smokey Bear (also known as Smokey the Bear; as explained in the story), and that prompted me to do a quick count of my Smokey rulers. There were a lot more than I expected: 39 wooden or... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2019 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Yesterday--July 28--was National Milk Chocolate Day. How anyone could prefer dark chocolate over milk chocolate is something I will never, ever, understand. Chocolate frosting image: Purchase (etsy) - PurdysPixels, Roanoke, Virginia - Purchased 23 July 2019 Ruler template: Purchase (etsy) - Jessica Laurie, JLaurieStudio, Henderson, Nevada - Purchased 5 May... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2019 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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In a promotional piece for a company that makes transfer decals! This beautiful new blotter book was an Ebay purchase from a dealer called "alces" in Toronto. The blotter pages are in excellent condition, the cover has some great graphics and colors, and the ruler (the most important part) is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2019 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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OK! I would never eat anything but the good kind! Of anything! A new celluloid ruler advertising Swift's Premium Frankfurters, complete with a 1933-1934 calendar on the back. I have several examples of Swifts Premium advertising embellished with rulers; will post another example soon. Purchase (ebay) - "noscamzone1" = Jeff... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2019 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This doesn't work for most of the people I know and work with... The new (1938!) ruler-blotter promoting the Commercial Reproducint Company of Detroit arrived yesterday, a purchase through the ebay store of Joslin Hall Rare Books, Ephemera & Photographs of Hatfield, Massachusetts. Normally I see the Joslin Hall folks... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2019 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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For tomorrow! Happy Fourth of July, everyone. Ruler template, as always, was an etsy purchase from the talented Jessica Laurie of JLaurieStudio, Henderson, Nevada Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2019 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This new paper ruler came as part of a small collection of miscellaneous sewing supplies, purchased on ebay just for the ruler. (I'll also use all the other supplies, eventually.) The People's Friend is "the longest-running women’s weekly magazine in the world first graced the newsagents’ shelves on January 13,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2019 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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It's been a while since I've seen an independent grocer! This newly-acquired blotter dates from about 1955, according to the person I bought it from. Looks like Genest Brothers was in business since the 1920s; the only company of that name I can find now manufactures concrete products, in Maine.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2019 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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A newly-acquired advertising blotter for "Boys' and Girls' School Shoes at the Fashion Shoe Store. Bliss Hotel." There are Bliss Hotels all over the world, and the blotter itself gives no clues about where this particular one was, so I'm still trying to figure out the location. The vendor estimates... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2019 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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A very Happy Pride Month to everyone! Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2019 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Hard to believe, but I did not spend all day yesterday thinking about rulers. These I designed and printed last week and only got to cut out and arrange and scan tonight. So I hope you all had excellent days yesterday, no matter what you did. Ruler template: Purchase (etsy)... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2019 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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For a friend who's sick, and needs to howl sometimes. Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2019 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This is a selection from a larger batch of rulers I made for Mother's Day this year. What mother doesn't need or want another lovely ruler bookmark?! Ruler template: Purchase (etsy) - JLaurieStudio , and featured frequently on this blog! Cat images: Purchase (etsy) - DreamyFoxGraphics - 6 May 2019... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2019 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This new ruler is almost 80 years old, from a time when books published in 1940 were "new." It looks like the Cape Theatre in South Portland, Maine, offered theatre-goers the opportunity to buy volumes of this NEW Modern Concise Encyclopedia, one volume per week, on Encyclopedia Nite. (Should have... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2019 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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I do love contour-cut blotters, especially when they have rulers printed on them... But, Pocahantas? Purchase (ebay) - "clios-closet" = Richard Detwiler, Arlington, VA Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2019 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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100% WHAT? That's a lot of carbs. Purchase (ebay) - "cheapletterhead" = Marvin Gardner, Jr., Centerville, OH - received 4 May 2019 Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2019 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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I got a little carried away with the Easter rulers this year. Here's a collage showing seven of the ten from the Easter 2019 batch. Ruler template, as always, was an etsy purchase from Jessica Laurie, of JLaurieStudio Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2019 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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These new cards were an etsy purchase from a vendor in Brighton in the UK. She could not have been nicer to work with; she packed the cards carefully; and she sent them quickly. I loved the cards even more in real life than I did on the computer screen.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2019 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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In my case, there's no way it could get any worse! This is one of a set of four blotters that arrived this week, advertising Lerner's Dance Studio in Boston and including monthly calendars from July 1934 to May 1935. Under the image of the blotter is a composite close-up... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2019 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Never in my many years of sewing have I used a Tuck measure ("They turn wide or narrow Hem upon course or fine goods, over seams, or around corners, and bind neatly"), but I sure have a lot of these eighth-yard measures in my collection. This one is a beautiful... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2019 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Dead fish, yes, but also an item made of paper that has an image of a ruler on it, so into the Ruler Collection it goes. This is a postally-unused RPPC (Real Photo Post Card) with an undivided back, so probably dated before 1907. The printing on the ruler in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2019 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This new card includes almost all of the usual ruler jokes (yes, there are ruler jokes!): Make it a rule to... ...a full measure of renewed health Stay up and a-foot Plus, it has pink flowers, and kittens. Purchase (etsy) - "GlitteringPine" = M. Behr, Middleton, WI - received 21... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2019 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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They ARE ROBBERS. At least according to the New York branch of the WCTU (Women's Christian Temperance Union). The national group, formally organized in 1874, has, according to their website, has been conducting training seminars for teachers and others interested in alcohol, tobacco, and drug education. Today the WCTU is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2019 at Beth's Ruler Collection