I will admit that I am a just a bit of a bookworm. Okay, okay, a really big bookworm. I have books stacked unconventionally on my bookshelf (which is over 5 feet tall). Not surprisingly my love of antiques/vintage goes into books as well. Things like old books are useful from a living historian perspective.
Having some vintage books can help a living historian complete their persona. The details of showcasing vintage books and other paraphernalia in a display can help complete the picture. Admittedly, I am a bit of a book collector. I have some books that written in the 40's, and others that would have been on someone's bookshelf during the war.
By reading books from the 1940's, I can understand the period as it was interpreted by those of that lived in it. Listening to the radio shows, reading the books that were new, and reading the newspapers can all help bring the era to life.
This sewing book by Constance Talbot dates from 1943. I have started reading through it.
This excerpt is from the chapter on remaking clothes. It would be interesting to know how much of this book with the make do and mend principles in sewing were from the war itself or from the prevailing attitude toward sewing at that time with some additional ideas stemming from war time shortages.
This copy of Black Beauty dates from 1927. It is interesting to think that this book with its date could have been owned by a young person entering adulthood as the war started.
I bought this copy of Heidi at a local antique mall. The inscription on the inside of the book gives some hint at its history.
I just love knowing just a little bit of the history of this book, though I wish I could have know more!
Trouble for Jerry is a children's book that was printed during the war.
I haven't gotten around to reading it yet, but I like the illustrations and hope I'll enjoy this little ranch based tale.
I have watched the movie Mrs. Miniver staring Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon. After that, I knew I wanted to get a hold of a copy of the wartime book the movie was based off of. I just may take this on vacation with me.
Again, I have watched the movie based on this book and thought I should look up the book. Likewise, this book is part of the "not yet read" group of books that I have. I just love having a large amount of books that I haven't read yet waiting for me on my bookshelf! I have quite a few about 1940's as well that are being lovingly treasured and hoarded on my bookshelf.
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo was also turned into a movie, but I have not seen it. I came across this book at a thrift store and knew I just had to have it.
I find the copyright page fascinating with the wartime conservation message.
So there you have a sampling of my vintage book collection. What is your favorite "old" book?
Sarah loves to sew, learn more about sewing, and create items with a vintage flair. Her arch enemy is clipping curves, and she has a tolerable relationship with the seam ripper.
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