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Beth C-H
Special Collections Librarian with a wicked cool ruler collection
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Followed by Massachusetts, of course... Today is National Connecticut Day! Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Beth's Ruler Collection
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The next time you do, this trade card will help you make the best decisions. Purchase (ebay) - "notmyfavoritething" = H. Michael Amer, Monroe Township, PA - received 29 July 2020 Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Kittens, sewing supplies, and a measuring instrument. A perfect addition to my ruler collection. Purchase (ebay) -- "wendysswapcards" = W. Thorn, Mooroolbark, Victoria, Australia - received 29 July 2020 Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Last week I tried a new ebay search, this time for "die-cut ruler." Here's one of the results. (Seriously, I could not resist.) And a close-up: Purchase (ebay) -- Avid Book Store, Rolling Prairie, IN - received 23 July 2020 Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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It's made of paper, and it has a ruler on it, so even though the whole idea is kind of disgusting, how could I not buy this one? The "TOP PRICES FOR DEAD ANIMALS" is bad enough, but have a look at the caption under the image of the placidly-grazing... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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What do you get when you combine: a new acquisition for the ruler collection + a BOOK + about MEASUREMENT + with RULERS around the edges of the covers + KITTENS and puppies? A very happy Beth, that's what you get. Purchase (ebay) -- Thrift Books, Dallas, TX - received... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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...as Tasty as a TastyKake. Until I moved to Philadelphia in 1981, for my first professional job after finishing graduate school, I had never even heard of this brand. Now you can buy them up here in Massachusetts, and probably all over the country. And definitely online. As a person... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This tape measure (pull the cat's tongue) came to my ruler collection before I started collecting rulers (in 1986)! It was a gift from Tom's mother, Augusta Fox Horrocks, who died in early 1984. I treasure that gift. Today a friend sent me this ebay link, to check if I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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I scanned these four new rulers in their packaging, because I love how the packaging complements and enhances the rulers. These are made of wood, so they're a little outside of my current ruler collection policy, but these days, flexibility really helps. For everything. Purchase (etsy) -"PapereriaCo" = Joe, India... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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There are a lot of things I like about this new ruler blotter, including the form of the telephone number. Someone who knows more about cars will be able to estimate the year; looks like 1930s to me. My favorite parts: the illustrations, and the line "Place of Sudden Service."... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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If not for my friend Evie Eysenburg, I would have completely missed this listing on ebay. In the item description, the seller didn't use any of the words I usually search for, including the Most Important Word: ruler. Thank you, Evie! Purchase (ebay) - "kriskexplorer" = Melissa E. Kasprzyk, Topeka,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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I don't eat much meat at all these days, but sometimes, the smell of bacon makes me want some really badly. This new acquisition is a trade card for Swift's Premium Ham and Bacon, with a 1918 calendar, and a ruler, on the back. Purchase (ebay) - "pagesrevisited" = C.T.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This 60-page booklet--How To Use Your Ruler, by T.H. Whitney--was published in 1960 (reprinted in 1963) in London by Frederic Warne. They must have known I'd be coming along as a collector of ruler-related paper items, right? Inside the front cover is the name "A. Jewell, Esq.," Museum House, Haslemere,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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In honor of my friend Terri Rice, on the first anniversary of her passing. She loved everything about wolves... Rest in peace, my friend. Theresa Mae (“Terri”) Rice - 4 July 1950 - 7 June 2019 Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This acquisition from 2012 is an ink blotter from the end of WWII, issued as a promotion for the Denver Area War Chest. Just right for Memorial Day. Stay safe, everyone, and let's hope we can all live in peace. Purchase (ebay) - Foxy's Antiques, Parker, Colorado - received 30... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This fold-up paper ruler came in its own paper sleeve, and an accompanying leaflet advertising--as the ruler does--Garland brand stoves from The Michigan Stove Company. The paper sleeve and the ruler itself are covered in promotional language, including some of my favorite ruler jokes: THE ONLY SAFE RULE...;" and "The... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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It's not often that I get a new item for my collection that has two jokes in the text. This recent acquisition, a blotter advertising Merlen Capital Laundry & Cleaners (in Sacramento, California, according to the ebay seller), has both a ruler joke ("Merlen's rule is give time...") and a... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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"No fixed abode" is the title given to these postcards by artist Amy Duncan of Everett, WA. On her etsy site she describes them as "High-res digital reprints of my original photograph made into a postcard. All of my photographic vignettes combine vintage elements with everyday ephemera, telling a story... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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My ruler collection has ruler-themed Mother's Day cards stored in two categories: plain Mother's Day cards like the one below, and a much larger section of "You Rule"-themed cards. This one is undated, issued by American Greetings Corp., and signed inside by "Andy, Betty, Gordon, Susan & Kenneth." Happy Mother's... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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I love doing business with Night Owl Paper Goods in Birmingham, Owlabama.* They have a variety of stationery products with designs that always make me smile; they pack carefully and ship quickly; and most of all, they are really really really nice people. I think I have every ruler bookmark... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This new addition to my ruler collection is 54 years old and in great shape. The vast majority of the ruler-themed cards in the collection are for Father's Day (lots of tape measure images, and jokes about "measuring up"), so I'm always happy to find one with a different message.... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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National Life Insurance Day: May 2. Every year! As the daughter and granddaughter of men who worked in life insurance and real estate for most of their lives (Robert J. Carroll, Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States), I know a good-looking life insurance ruler (or 2) when I... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This new paper ruler, undated and without a specific city or town mentioned, has the exact same text on both sides. No phone number either. Based on some google map searches, I'm guessing Detroit. This was an ebay puchase, and one of the most inexpensive paper rulers I've ever bought... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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And it's a beauty! Many banks, advertising agencies, and insurance companies issued these promotional pieces for individual agents or branches to print with their specific contact information. This one is for Special Agent Vincent A. Miletti of Newark, NY, who represented The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company. Looks like no-one... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Ruler template: Purchase (etsy) - Jessica Laurie, JLaurieStudio, Henderson, Nevada Stained glass heart image: Purchase (etsy) - Samantha Calder of LivingSunGlass. Cornwall, Canada Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection