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Beth C-H
Special Collections Librarian with a wicked cool ruler collection
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Rulers on both edges of the front! And 1942-1943 calendars on the back. A lot of people have asked me recently if schoolkids still learn how to use rulers, and while I don't know the answer to that specific question, I can say with some certainty that in the past,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This new ruler blotter is remarkable in several ways: It has a rose and lilies-of-the-valley sticker attached over part of the design underneath the sticker is printed "Mentholatum for Colds and Chapped Skin" It has a hand-written note in pencil on another part of the design ("Happy Birthday [illeg.] 3... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Beth's Ruler Collection
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That's a direct quote from my newest ruler, a six-inch metal piece shaped like a half-foot (that's part of the joke) used as an advertisement for Anderson Pump Service in Milford, Iowa. Here's the best part: the foot has actual "corns," raised bumps that I guess are supposed to look... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2021 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This new blotter is full of words I don't know but can figure out, my favorite being "stomachic." I found an advertisement for this product in a 1901 issue of the Canadian Journal of Medicine and Surgery (see below), so the undated ruler is likely early 20th century. Purchase (ebay)... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2021 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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[I swear I posted this last night, but somehow it disappeared...] A new blotter advertising A and A Trans-Tex Vans, based in Fort Worth. The blotter is crammed full of information, and I really like the design and graphics. It came from an ebay dealer in South Carolina, not Texas,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2021 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Today's hard copy of the Boston Globe had an article by Sarah Maslin Nir, reprinted from the New York Times, titled "A Fourth of July symbol of unity that may no longer unite." It was mostly about the U.S. flag as a symbol, a symbol that some people are less... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2021 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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A lot of advertising crammed onto one six-inch blotter, with the best part being the ruler, of course. This gives only a street address as a location, but all the evidence adds up to Chicago. Purchase (ebay) -- "trouty17" = Lauren Troutman, Reading, PA -- received 30 June 2021 Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2021 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This greeting card, which makes me laugh every time I see it, was an etsy purchase last month from one of the nicest etsy vendors I've ever done business with. Its message is a good reminder, too, and one I take to heart as a quilter and a creator of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2021 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This blotter arrived from Mumbai, India yesterday, from an ebay dealer named "alphaomegaphilately." It's a combination of ink blotter, ruler, new year's greeting, jewelry advertisement, and, I can't read the rest... Purchase (ebay) -- "alphaomegaphilately", Mubai, India -- received 26 June 2021 Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2021 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This beautiful blotter arrived in the mail yesterday. It's in perfect condition, has an accurate image of the product it promotes, and a calendar for 1959 and part of 1960. Of course, the ruler is the best part. Purchase (ebay) -- "rac328" = Rob Carothers, Wayne, NJ -- received 25... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2021 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Does anyone understand how these Game of Thrones rulers work? The ebay dealer described them as "2 cardboard rulers from a new pack of GoT A Song of Ice & Fire Starter Set (Stark Versus Lannister)." I never watched the show I still don't get how the game works. (The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2021 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Made with two separate images, purchased through etsy. What did I do before etsy?! Ruler template: Purchase (etsy) -- Jessica Laurie, JLaurieStudio, Henderson, Nevada Sleeping cat: Purchase (etsy) -- Ksenia, OKseniaArt, Moscow Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2021 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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I guess he must have seen my latest credit card bill... Purchase (etsy) -- "StickerPenguin" = LAD/vinylUSA2015, Bakersfield, CA -- received 21 June 2021 Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2021 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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My collection has many examples of people using rulers as a means of punishment, chief among the abusers teachers, and especially teachers who are nuns. The whole thing gives rulers, and teachers, and nuns a bad name, which they do NOT deserve! This press photograph is dated 1948; caption reads:... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2021 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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A recent ebay purchase, this fine specimen of a paper ruler dating from 1944. Glenolden is a small town in Delaware County, PA, and I am sorry to report that mentioned in the town's Wikipedia article section on "Notable people" associated with the town, I didn't recognize one name. Purchase... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2021 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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The ruler below was the closest thing I could find for Memorial Day this year. I acquired it in 2014 (as an anniversary gift; go figure!), and somehow it feels more relevant this year, especially if you read all the text and check out the history of the organization. I'm... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2021 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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*Direct quote from an act by Thomas D. Lopes of New Bedford, designating the poem "Massachusetts" as official poem of the Commonwealth (1977 House Bill 4522). Sample text: Read the whole thing here! https://archives.lib.state.ma.us/bitstream/handle/2452/694442/ocm39986872-1977-HB-4522.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y Rep. Lopes is long gone from the state legislature, but the reason I'm posting today is... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2021 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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They are so important to our survival! World Bee Day – 20 May 2021 https://worldbeeday.org/en/ Ruler template: Purchase (etsy) - Jessica Laurie, JLaurieStudio, Henderson, Nevada Bees image (edited): Purchase (etsy) -- Carin, from Cabinet for the Curious Digital (image from an 1877 embroidery pattern and features bees and flowers) Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2021 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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I bought this Rust Craft card because in the etsy listing I could see the ruler on the front. Big surprise when it arrived and I opened it up: in its original, unfolded size, it measures 6 3/4"h x 4 1/2"w, but when unfolded, in four different moves, the card... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2021 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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I'm pretty sure I say this every year: in our house EVERY day is national chocolate chip day. https://nationaldaycalendar.com/days-2/national-chocolate-chip-day-may-15/ Chocolate chip images: Purchase (etsy) - Jenn, of creativedeskofjenn Ruler templates: Purchase (etsy) - Jessica Laurie, JLaurieStudio, Henderson, Nevada Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2021 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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The "no one measures up" joke appears frequently on greeting cards in my ruler collection, but the art on this one is especially unique. I have a whole storage box of Mother's Day and Father's Day cards with ruler and/or measurement themes, and as you might guess, there are a... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2021 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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These days, I can make pretty much anything into a ruler. Proud of that! The postcard pictured below shows Faulkner's Island (also known as Faulkner Island), a crescent-shaped island, with a lighthouse, that sits about three miles offshore from my hometown, Guilford, CT. The postcard is undated but it has... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2021 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Lindsay Madden, an artist from Durham in the UK, describes herself as "A painter exploring the complexities of childhood experiences," features rulers in most of the items she has for sale. I love them, and though I haven't bought anything from her etsy site in the past few years, I... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2021 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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According to the National Day Calendar, today is Bird Day in North America: "We honor our feathered friends on several holidays called Bird Day in the United States. The day celebrates birds of all kinds across North America." Not very specific, but I'm in! Ruler templates: purchase (etsy) - Jessica... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2021 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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We went to the Public Garden in Boston on Saturday, to get out of the house and to see the beautiful tulips. It was a perfect weekend activity, even when performed safely under covid conditions. I took some photos. I made some rulers. Ruler templates: Purchase (etsy) - Jessica Laurie,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2021 at Beth's Ruler Collection