Friday, October 28, 2011

Poetry Gift Books

I think thrifting a vintage poetry gift book is pretty cool.
But seven at about 50 cents a pop is just brilliant! The American Association of University Women (AAUW) have a book sale twice a year in our local mall to raise funds for scholarships.
I try to go early and look at their "collectibles" table on the off chance I will find a reasonably cheap find that I have no problems "recycling". Also in the hope I beat the book sellers who show up and literally swipe loads of books off into cardboard boxes (hardly seems fair to us casual buyers)...
These gifts books were published by Cupples and Leon, The Holiday Publishing Company, and De Wolfe and Fiske.
They all date around the early 1900s - since 4 of them were in a Ziplock bag (yep) together I am assuming they were all donated at the same time from the same source.
The graphics are just lovely - with lots of "patina".
Some have inscriptions like: Miss Mackie, Best wishes from E.A. Williams, 1905.
Now the struggle is scan and keep or scan and "use". Some of the covers really are sweet and I can incorporate so much into different projects.
Absolutely love this one...
But like I've said before - they won't get seen if they sit in the bottom of a box somewhere - so unless you see one that I can sell and make a killing, they await my art table! Enjoy, Jewels.


  1. OMG, Jewels, they are just lovely. They were just waiting for you to come along. I love the idea of a story that goes with each. I wonder who would send one...a beau, or an auntie, or grandma? Here's your chance to create more than art. JUst love the sweet old sentiments. What has happened to today's world? Can't wait to see what you do with it all.

  2. What a great find! Don't you just LOVE licking into something like that? It's like the stars were all aligned for a change. I'd scan and use. I'm not getting any younger and I'll be damned if all this great stuff is going to still be sitting there when I die. Use it. You can always print a copy for something else.

  3. Well, that was supposed to be 'lucking' into something like that.

  4. You made a great find, Julie! Absolutely beautiful - I'm glad you were the one to get them. Makes you wonder who had those pretty things tucked away in a drawer someplace. I'm so glad people are packrats - they have saved such lovely things from the past for those in the present. Lots of us are doing the same thing for the upcoming generations! Enjoy, my friend.

  5. I am so jealous!! You hit the mother-load. They are terrific, can't wait to see what you do with them!

  6. You LUCKY LUCKY girl!!! These are fantastic! Definitely use and enjoy.


  7. I love these old books and years ago when I worked a library book sale I used to grab one when I could. This was long before the idea came along to crafting with them. I have an old beautiful copy that looks just like your one with the rose and it's A Christmas Carol.