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Beth C-H
Special Collections Librarian with a wicked cool ruler collection
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This beautiful ruler got separated from its accession information, and I don't remember where I got it, or when. It's in excellent condition, and I chose not to break open the pre-cut slit and insert the dime (shown in the top photo to show approximate placement), to keep the ruler's... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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New blotter book in very good condition, direct (well, via ebay) from Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada. Purchase (ebay) - "gprove" = G. Provencher, Trois-Rivieres, QC, Canada - received 23 November 2018 Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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That would be November, and Wednesday (November 14) is National Diabetes Day, the date marking the birthday of insulin co-discoverer Dr. Frederick Banting. Don't ignore these symptoms, my peeps! Living with diabetes--no matter what kind--is not fun, but every year brings new and better ways to manage it. Purchase (ebay)... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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The tape measures are not made of paper, but this advertising postcard certainly is, so that's good enough to fit my collection policy. This one has an undivided back, and is postmarked 1921. Next up: new glasses so I can actually read the tiny print. Purchase (Hippostcard) - "OPC" =... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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"Buy SOAP from a Soap Company" This blotter promotes the products of a company from Indianapolis that appears to be no longer operating. Looks like their most recent business was a cleaning service, though it's possible that some of their soap products are being made by another company. "NatureSoft" hand... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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An advertising blotter from 1909, complete with calendar. Looks like the women are loading a cannon, which must tie in to the line "It hits the spot, the very first shot". A little web searching revealed a empty bottle of this product for sale on ebay. Here's the text of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This new blank card, a recent purchase from etsy, came from a studio in Stowmarket, Suffolk, in the UK, called Bewilderbeest, whose motto is "Drawn to be WILD." (And also: "Cards and prints to make you smile!") It's a beautiful, oversized card. and the shop owner could not have been... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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As much as I hate to contribute to this old stereotype of nuns with rulers, the amount of greeting cards available--both new and vintage--make the cards hard to resist for my collection. The cards meet the criteria: made of paper; feature rulers. I even have a metal "clicker" of a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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I wish people still used ink blotters. The advertising ones had the best graphics and the best RULERS. And I'd love to know if anyone actually used the rulers... Purchase (ebay) - "bushyrdg" = Al & Carolyn Flowers, Toledo, IA - rec'd 11 October 2018 Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This beautiful celluloid ruler arrived two days ago from my friend Sid, who also donated the ruler featured in my last post. It's really nice to have friends who understand "collecting." He found this one in an antiques mart in Scottsdale, AZ, a place I probably won't be visiting anytime... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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The paper packaging for these two cotton-tipped applicators is decorated with my favorite theme, and with more information crammed into a small space than I've ever seen. My plan is to keep them sterile. I scanned the package against a background of marbled paper from the cover of a book... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Still haven't solved all the historical mysteries inspired by the text on this blotter, especially the "Q" reference. I do know from documents on the Ward Baking Company website that there were significant problems with bakery unions in the early 1920s'; this blotter may date from that time. The Ward... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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I bought this card in early August, in plenty of time to give to Tom for our 34th anniversary, but then of course forgot that I had it and made him one. If I save it for next year, there's no way I'll remember, so I gave it to him... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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These trade cards, which also serve as 1/8th yard measures for sewing baskets, started as blanks and then were printed with the business names and product information. This particular trade card may be one of the oldest paper rulers in my collection, and, it's from Boston! 113 Blackstone Street is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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I've had these for almost ten years and just re-discovered them while doing some organizing up in the Ruler Room. Clearly not appropriate for brain surgery, but still beautiful. Purchase (etsy) - Hesty Widyastini, Indonesia - rec'd 23 March 2009 Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Some day I'm going to do a whole exhibit of advertisements featuring rulers. Not rulers that advertise specific businesses (though that would be a much easier exhibit because I have so many of them), but ads like the one below that use an image of a linear measurement device and/or... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This bookmark, a promotional piece for the 2014 film A Fault in Our Stars, was an ebay purchase even though it's marked NOT FOR SALE. (Probably because it was a promotional piece...) The movie, a production of Twentieth Century Fox and starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, is described as... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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You might be amazed at how many different "you rule" cards are out there, or even better, are in my ruler collection. I have a whole box of blank "you rule" cards like the one below, and another whole box for specific people or events. Father's Day and graduation "you... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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"Fish measurement" is one of the sub-categories in my ruler collection, and most of the items in this category are either legitimate rulers for people who catch fish, or "joke" rulers that exaggerate the measurement. So I'm always happy to find a fish-measurement item made of paper! Purchase (etsy) -... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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In honor of National Sisters Day, and because my sister loves birds, a ruler with two Black-capped chickadees. Besides my real sister, I'm lucky to have five sisters-in-law, who are like sisters to me. Very lucky. Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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Every year, on August 4th, it's National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. (In our house, it's National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day pretty much every day of the year.) I made the collage of five chocolate chip rulers two years ago, but apparently never posted the image. If you want to read... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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One is what I collect: measuring rulers made out of paper or items such as cards and valentines and blotters with rulers on them. The other is a job title, given to people whose companies either sold machines that drew straight lines on paper, or the people themselves if they... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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I admit it: sometimes I buy Cute. This new ruler, an etsy purchase from the PrintsMori division of Kikuike Handmade Studio, came in a hand-designed matchbox, which is actual matchbox size. The interior packaging had the word "Yummy" printed right on it. Who could argue?? Purchase (etsy) - PrintsMori division... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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How I decide whether or not to add a ruler to my collection: make a list of pros and cons, of course. First, the rulers in question: Next: retention-decision chart: Call: don't keep in ruler collection; give to worthy recipients; don't buy any more of these things unless you need... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection
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This is a Hallmark Card © 1939, made to celebrate a fifth birthday. The inside text says that the card includes a "pin," and there are definitely pin holes visible on the back side of the panel that has the bear, but the pin is long gone. Of course, all... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2018 at Beth's Ruler Collection