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Beth C-H
Special Collections Librarian with a wicked cool ruler collection
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Two more 4" blotter/trade cards from my ebay treasure trove of last month. This time: dogs. I need to figure out who the artist in this series is, as well as the name of the trade card manufacturer. No clues that I can find except for the "Style" number printed... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Another kitten, this time on a blotter/trade card advertising the General Sign Company in Kansas City, Kansas. It's one of fourteen I acquired last month from Arleen Willis of Suffern, NY. Looks like they all came out of some sort of scrapbook, or salesman's sample book. More kittens to come.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Staples was selling these laminated paper 3-ring binder inserts today; one side has a map of the United States and a ruler marked in inches, and the other side has a map of the world and a ruler marked in centimeters. I'm embarrassed to admit that I thought there were... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2019 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Another example of a generous friend who brought back a ruler (or two!) from a recent travel adventure. These two plastic rulers came from my friend Elizabeth's trip to Vietnam. I have what I call "souvenir" rulers from all over the world. Gift - Elizabeth Kenney - September 2019 Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2019 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Who doesn't love kittens? These three don't look like they're worrying much about saving money, even though tomorrow may bring opportunity or ill fortune. (Just quoting from the text on this blotter. I don't wish the kittens any harm. I love kittens.) This blotter is one of a set I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2019 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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One of my colleagues made a recent trip to Taiwan, and came back with a present for me! This gold-colored ruler, in the shape of the island and in the photo below still in its packaging, came from the National Palace Museum in Taipei. Gift - Christopher Dupuis - 23... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2019 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Look at that beautiful ruler, stretched right across this trade card (not to scale)! This is one of my favorite styles of "advertising advertising," with great graphics and multiple typefaces. Purchase (ebay) - "cartophilians" = Jose L. Rodriguez, Cheshire, CT - received 11 September 2019 Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2019 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Yesterday I added a fourth ruler-blotter from a 1930s union promoting union-made bread, and a closer look at the union insignia reveals the initials "B&CWIU of A (Bakery & Confectionery Workers). That makes sense! This new blotter features a limerick that includes the letter D and the word DELAWARE; the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2019 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This might have to be my new motto. Purchase (etsy) - The ArchLine ("The Architectural Salvage & Tool Resource"), Drexel Hill, PA - received 6 September 2019 Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2019 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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So far, my collection has three ruler blotters from this series of Union Label blotters, dating, I assume, from the mid-1930's. (Based on the NRA insignia on two of them.) I ordered a fourth one from ebay just this past weekend, so we'll have a new one from the same... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2019 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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The part about school days being care-free days got a big laugh in our house, and not from me, since I was always a good student. (And by "good" I mean well-behaved.) This new blotter was part of a gift from my husband Tom (see above) for our 35th anniversary... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2019 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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A new blotter for the ruler collection, this one a promotional piece for R. G. Wilborn's health book business in Pasadena, CA. The blotter is enhanced with quotations from Francis Bacon and from an un-named source, a "Chinese Proverb," and best of all, a photograph of Wilborn on the "35th... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2019 at Beth's 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 Aug 19, 2019 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