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Beth C-H
Special Collections Librarian with a wicked cool ruler collection
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These four new rulers from Rich Frog bridge February (Black History Month) to March (Women's History Month) just perfectly. Two topics are brand new to my collection (Women Rulers in Early America, and Great Women Rulers of Tech) and the names on the other two new rulers have been updated... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Almost every day I get some sort of ruler-related thing in the mail, mostly items I've bought on ebay or etsy, but sometimes the new collection items are gifts! This one arrived on Monday, a surprise from colleagues I know through the Ephemera Society of America, Robert Staples and Barbara... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2021 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Easier said than done, especially these days! Besides being made of paper, and including a ruler, this acquisition from 2004, from one of my very favorite suppliers (still!), includes a ruler joke, too. Purchase - Peter L. Masi - books, Montague, MA - received 9 December 2004 Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2021 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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A couple of weekends ago I did a search on ebay for "cat ruler" (because, you never know what you'll find when you combine two of my favorite topics), and came up with this new purchase. The "Chatham" is not Massachusetts; it's Savannah, Georgia. Does anyone find the passengers as... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2021 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This new acquisition is the size and shape of an advertising blotter, but in this case the back is smooth and shiny cardstock, so I'm thinking it's just a trade card used to promote the business. Or maybe a salesperson's sample? I love the colors, and I always love the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2021 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Purchase (etsy) - "YourWeddingPlace" - received 1 February 2020 Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2021 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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So far I've acquired four different versions of this message: Six feet apart and still in my heart. I'm hoping that a few years from now this will feel like a relic of a problem that's been solved. Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2021 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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"You rule" is a common theme in my collection, but few of the items are completely home-made or as charming as this one. Really nice etsy transaction, too. Purchase (etsy) - "OurPurpleLine" = Shannon Luciani, Orchard Park, NY - received 9 February 2021 Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2021 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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In our house, anyway... Purchase (ebay) - "stars_creations" = Gail Beggs, Lemont, IL - received 19 January 2021 Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2021 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This year I added about 15 new ruler-themed Valentines to my collection, so I'll try to feature as many as possible over the next couple of days. Purchase (etsy) - "JustToppersUK" = Sarha Hunt, Braintree, Essex, UK - received 8 February 2021 Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2021 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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The rulers I made Monday night in anticipation of yesterday's Ground Hog Day (Feb. 2) had a mistake: too many groundhogs (see attachment 1). But then I was thinking, No, for those of us who've lived in Pennsylvania AND in Massachusetts, there certainly are at least two famous groundhogs: Punxsutawney... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2021 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Ruler template: Purchase (etsy) - Jessica Laurie, JLaurieStudio, Henderson, Nevada Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2021 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Second of four backgrounds used this year. Ruler template: Purchase (etsy) - Jessica Laurie, JLaurieStudio, Henderson, Nevada Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2021 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Ruler template: Purchase (etsy) - Jessica Laurie, JLaurieStudio, Henderson, Nevada Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2021 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This year I made inauguration rulers with four different backgrounds, each background with one to five different ruler designs. Starting with the background that has only one design; I promise they'll get more interesting as the next few days progress. Ruler template: Purchase (etsy) - Jessica Laurie, JLaurieStudio, Henderson, Nevada Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2021 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Odd punctuation in this campaign slogan for John R. Manta, from a prominent Provincetown family, who served as a Selectman and as Clerk of the 2d District Barnstable Court in the 1920s and 1930s. Campaign rulers make up a small portion of my ruler collection; many of them use this... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2021 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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I found these leaves on the sidewalk on Story Street, Cambridge, next to the post office, a few weeks ago. The whole street was filled with beautifully-colored leaves, and it gave me hope that things would be better this year. Wishing all of you the very best. Ruler template: Purchase... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2021 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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"Uncle Danny" in quotes, that is. This 6-inch metal ruler joined my ruler collection in December, 1992, as a gift from my friend and former work colleague, Susan Babbitt. Susan is an expert ruler finder, and was the very first recipient of a Deputy Ruler Collector badge. Which I'm sure... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Once again, my friend Peter L. Masi, bookseller in Montague, MA, and my husband, Tom, have conspired to make this Christmas a fine time for new (old) paper ruler acquisitions. Here's a sample from this year's batch: a trade card/ruler from A. McNeill, The Grocer, at 605 Girard Avenue in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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More rulers, printed on the third and fourth of the four different background designs I used this year to help make the holidays measure up. As always, many thanks to the talented etsy artist Jessica Laurie, whose ruler templates have made all my home-made rulers possible. Ruler templates: Purchase (etsy)... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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I meant to start this series of four different Christmas/New Years rulers for 2020 on Tuesday, so I could post each one on a different day. Too busy; too distracted. So you get two today on Christmas Eve, and two tomorrow on Christmas Day. Sending my very best wishes for... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Since I was remiss in my duties yesterday and didn't post this yesterday on the actual National Cookie Day, we all get to eat extra cookies today. And in case you can't tell, these rulers are gluten-free. Scrapbook paper cookie background image: Purchase (etsy) - "creativedeskofjenn " = Jenn Martin... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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These are the work of a friendly, talented, and generous etsy seller named Robert Wu, of Toronto. I've bought from him before, and this time I bought two new protractors and a gorgeous greeting card. He sent an extra protractor, so I'm extra lucky to have his work in my... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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The theme: You rule! The variation: there's no actual ruler image on this birthday card (American Greetings, 2015?) but the You Rule sentiment is strong. I've always believed that the best collection policies are the flexible ones... Purchase (ebay) - "rjdkad17" = Ruby J. Duyssen, Hellertow, PA - received 27... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Next year will be better. Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2020 at Beth's Ruler Collection