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Beth C-H
Special Collections Librarian with a wicked cool ruler collection
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I have two whole boxes of "You rule"-themed cards; one box for special occasions such as Father's Day, and the other just blank inside. Last week brought two new beautiful illustrations of my favorite ruler joke: Purchase (etsy) - "HouseofOzCreations" = Melia Ozbun, Muncia, IN - received 20 November 2020... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Beth's Ruler Collection
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The commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Mayflower has been a big part of my work life for the past year or so, so the Plymouth400 organization's shop's new offering of 4 new stainless steel souvenirs designed by Tech-Etch (one of their Plymouth-based sponsors) was a... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Beth's Ruler Collection
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My ruler collection has several crate labels and cigar box labels (see, for instance: https://www.bethsrulercollection.com/2020/01/american-ruler.html), and plenty of "Golden Rule" themed items. This new acquisition brings those things all together: it's a postcard advertising Monte Vista Citrus Association's Golden Rule Brand citrus; and it features an image of their Golden... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This week I got five new trade cards/8th-yeard measures, advertising two different silk products: Eureka Spool Silk and Button Hole Twist, and Corticelli Spool Silk. Both designs pack a lot of information into a small space. The Corticelli silks were produced by various companies in Massachusetts over a hundred-year period,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Another pandemic-themed etched wooden ruler ornament. (See blog post from Nov. 5, 2020.) This seems to be a theme. Good for the ruler collection; not good for anyone or anything else. Purchase (etsy) - "SeashellsToHayBales," Greenville, TN - received 14 November 2020 Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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In honor of the birthday of my sister-in-law Michelle, who has close connections to the EPA, an oversized clip/bookmark/RULER promoting the EPA's National Library Network. It is my sincere wish that all the EPA employees--even the recently-retired EPA employees--have renewed hope that this important federal agency will be able to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Not exactly a day to celebrate, but still... Wear blue! http://worlddiabetesday.org/about/ I'll have the 51-year anniversary of my diagnosis on January 2, 2021! Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Watercolor wash rainbow patterns, birds, and of course rulers. This selection of the new bookmarks that I made yesterday pulls together three different etsy purchases, all except the ruler template slightly edited for my own purposes. Doesn't take much to make me happy? Watercolor rainbow background: Purchase (etsy) - ClickPaperCo... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This is a Tuck's postcard from 1909, with a stamp and postmark, sent to an address in Vermont. It's made of paper, has a ruler or measurement theme, and I like the message, so it's perfect for my collection. Purchase (hippostcard) - "refriedjeans" = Judy Shedlock, Newton, IA - received... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Someday (SOMEday!) when I have a full database of all my rulers, there will be a special field for "ruler jokes," this "Don't let ... rule you out" being one of the most common. At this point they're scattered among all my filing categories, so they'd be hard to find... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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If there's anything I've learned in my 33 years of ruler collecting, it's that there's a ruler for every occasion, even a year as difficult as this one. I'm not sure this one belongs on a Christmas tree, but it did give me a chuckle. Purchase (etsy) - "PrettyLittleLaser", Gardena,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Whenever people ask me what my favorite rulers in the my collection are, this is always at the top of the list. Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Twelve years ago, and eight years ago, I was very happy on election night. Let's try again in 2020. Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Maybe to take our minds off of the election? This new ruler arrived today, from my friends at ebay, just in time to remind us that if we follow the rules--in this case the dairy temperature storage recommendations--the results will be good. Let's hope that tomorrow brings the results we... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This year's Halloween selection: BOOkmarks! Be careful, everyone! Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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For those of us who've lived in Philadelphia, Ortlieb's is a familiar name, especially for the residents of the Northern Liberties area of the city. The company was founded in the 1860s, and the name and the buildings still have a presence there. (Read more here: https://www.workshopoftheworld.com/northern_liberties/ortlieb.html ) This new... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Books, blotters, and rulers: three of my favorite things in this one new acquisition for my ruler collection. I also love the clever rectangular design made by the words Books / Bought / Sold / Traded. Purchase (ebay) - "cheeseheadpicker" = Jonathan Kim, Shorewood, WI - received 8 October 2020 Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Yesterday a package arrived from Gdansk/Danzig, Poland, with a selection of wooden rulers that I had ordered through an etsy vendor named Gliniana Kura. I love their work. This sailboat-themed ruler is labeled "Gdynia," the name of a city about 10 miles from Danzig and like Danzig is a seaport... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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The book was a July 2020 purchase, from ebay, for my ruler collection; the cat came to live with us in June 2019. I think they go well together. Measuring Puppies and Kittens, by Patricia J. Murphy. Enslow Publishing, 2007. (de-accessioned from the New Orleans Public Library) Purchase (ebay) -... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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For some reason dry sausage producers used rulers on many of their promotional products. I could do a whole exhibit! (Here's one example: https://www.bethsrulercollection.com/2020/09/anytime-is-sizzlin-sausage-time.html ) This one is slightly unusual in design, in that the ruler portion takes up only six inches of the bottom edge, and the 1935 calendar... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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No monetary value on this particular card, but it does have something even better: a ruler. Purchase (ebay) -- "FunFromJillian" = Cindy Brown, Murrells Inlet, SC -- received 11 September 2020 Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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One of the sub-categories within my ruler collection is "rulers with my name on them." This started before I restricted the new acquisitions to paper only (mostly), so I allow myself new rulers in this category even though they aren't made of paper. Here's the latest, an etsy purchase from... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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MOSCOT is a NYC-based international company that sells eyeglasses and accessories, in business since 1899. This two-sided and beautifully-designed ruler (inches on the black side, cm on the yellow side) came as a gift from my friend Dick Sheaff. Gift -- Richard Sheaff, Bethel, VT -- received 2 October 2020 Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Ruler template: Purchase (etsy) - Jessica Laurie of JLaurieStudio, Henderson, Nevada Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection