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Beth C-H
Special Collections Librarian with a wicked cool ruler collection
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Perfect additions to a collection of paper rulers owned by a quilter! All of these rulers purchased on ebay from "oldsewmachineguy" = Jerry Klendolph, Muscatine, IA -- received 28 July 2022 Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Beth's Ruler Collection
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I bought these kitten images last month to use when making my own ruler bookmarks. Now that I'm retired (!!!), I have a lot more time to make ruler bookmarks... Here's a sample of five different rulers I made from one etsy purchase. Kitten images: Purchase (etsy) -- Hanyska, Art4youSpace,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2022 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Especially, the two beauties in OUR house. Today is International Cat Day, so I'm showing you one of the measuring devices I received as a gift, before I was an official ruler collector. (I've long been a cat-lover.) Last year there was one of these for sale on ebay for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2022 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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As a librarian/archivist, I thought a lot about the concept of "information about information," so this new "RULE BLOTTER" was a great addition to my ruler collection. The collection includes hundreds of paper ink blotters (with rulers printed on them, of course), but this particular one is an advertising blotter... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2022 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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A couple of weeks ago at a family re-union I had a great time describing my ruler collection, in great detail, to my nephew Nolan, who lives in Cincinnati and who did NOT run screaming when I trapped him into listening. I didn't even see him roll his eyes when... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2022 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This one was fun: a ruler joke ("A West Side Neighborhood Ruler"); odd typography (see the font size on the words "to our"); a Roman ruler (look! I made my own ruler joke!) who I'm pretty sure is labeled "CLAUDIUS"; and a message on the back, which is unusual for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2022 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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To those of us who work in archives and special collections, 1905 doesn't seem that old. It IS though; 1905 was 117 years ago. This blotter includes a 1905 calendar, which I assume is the "BOOKKEEPERS' FRIEND" part of the text at the bottom. I love that the ruler is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2022 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This paper ruler, a promotional give-away from Banner Laundry, came into the collection in 2002. I didn't notice until yesterday the text on the back: "WE BELIEVE That we are engaged in the best business on earth. That of saving the health and strength of our women." Not sure if... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2022 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Those of us who work in archives and special collections, that is. This box of 12 Ticonderoga #2 pencils is full of usable pencils, each one custom-stamped "YOU RULE". Purchase (etsy) -- "TheLightHouseGood" = Donatus Kupsys, Saint Charles, IL -- received 13 July 2022 Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2022 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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I seldom find a peter meter made out of paper, but when I do, it goes right into my paper ruler collection. Even less frequent is a peter meter that also serves as an advertisement for a boat company. Two...manly things?! Purchase (ebay) -- "lenny1577" = Mitten State Treasures, Grand... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2022 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Another beautifully-designed and produced measurement-themed greeting card. I just can't get enough of these. Purchase (etsy) -- "Storigraphic" = Nic Graham, London, England -- received 30 June 2022 Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2022 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Here's an old book of matches, a foot long, that advertises the Ohio Savings and Loan League, based in Columbus. Please note that all the people pictured--both sides--are men, except for the woman on the far right, who's taking notes. The ebay listing showed a small stain, and when I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2022 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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I swore (SWORE!) I would never add a new category of things to collect, but I think I've changed my mind. Last week I acquired this beautiful postcard, decorated with rulers (i.e. my established collecting area), and I was so intrigued by the verse on it that I did a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2022 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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That you buy a ruler made of cardstock, probably from the 1950s, that's in perfect condition because it's still in its original packaging. And look at the original price: 35 ¢! (I paid $5 for it...) Purchase (etsy) -- "DiVintageBlessings" = Diana Logsdon, Cape Vincent, NY -- received 3 June... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2022 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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The etsy seller from whom I bought these rulers--Kat, of SemperExAnimo, in the Netherlands--sells a great variety of "journaling prompts & creative journaling supplies." All I care about is the rulers, of course! I'm pretty sure I bought all the paper rulers she had in stock. For my grand-nieces and... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2022 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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These two laminated paper rulers (shown front and back below) were in a desk at work when I arrived at the job in 2011. A state government website from that same year that tried to get vendors to sign up to be paid electronically claimed that "The Commonwealth of Massachusetts... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2022 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This undated photo, almost certainly taken between 1980 and 1989 (the years of the principal's* tenure at the school in question), shows Fire Marshal Carl Mixon giving out rulers to students at the Timberwilde Elementary School in San Antonio, TX. "Learn Not to Burn" programs appear to be fire-department sponsored... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2022 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Another new acquisition for my collection of paper rulers that's not made of paper, but this one was just too good to pass up. One side has metric units of measure, and the other has so-called "imperial" units (what most people in the United States use). It's a beauty! Purchase... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2022 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This carved sycamore wood ruler is the third ruler I've bought from Tammy Matthews of Monroe, Louisiana. I love his work! And the message on this one is easy to understand, especially these days. Purchase (etsy) -- "WhittleNSketch" = Tammy Matthews, Monroe, LA -- received 13 April 2022 Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2022 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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In 1924, the business located at 45 Bromfield Street in Boston, a one-block-long street that I walk down fairly frequently, housed L. Pinkos, Tailor. (I do not shop on Bromfield for "sporting garments for all occasions"...) Today Bromfield Street looks very different than it did almost 100 years ago. In... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2022 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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The back of this blotter book is covered with ink, which tells us that it was well-used. I like that in a blotter book! I also like that the butter label in the bottom left of the illustration reminds me of a favorite ad, though I can't remember what, exactly,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2022 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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I can live with some, but not all, of this advice. To start: on my current list of doctors there is not one I would refer to as "him." For some of the other suggestions I use my own common sense, and my own knowledge of my own body. "Be... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2022 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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After a two-year wait to attend, in person, the annual conference of the Ephemera Society of America, we got to spend a great day listening to presentations on the theme "Creating Spaces and Places," and then two days visiting with fellow ephemera dealers and collectors, including a fair where I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2022 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This new acquisition, a postcard showing a life-sized figure of Abraham Lincoln holding what I am pretty sure is a RULER, is a perfect combination of the collecting interests in our house: Lincoln (Tom); rulers (me); ephemera (both of us). Purchase (hippostcard.com) -- "SCVIEW" = Stefano Neis, Columbia, SC --... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2022 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Simple, but sweet, just like the best kind of love. Happy Valentine's Day to all of my blog readers, members of the FB group National Valentine Collectors Association, my friends, and most of all my family. I am a very lucky person. Purchase (etsy) -- "Nuts4Stampin" = Amy Eller, Melbourne,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2022 at Beth's Ruler Collection