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    Posted 2 months ago

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    I'm sharing a Wonderful Book that our dear friend Billretirecoll sent me last week. It's a compilation Jan-June 1863 from editor Sarah Hale's Godey's magazine 1830s-1870's. The book is 7x9" bound in black. This was so fun to go through and I still haven't finished!!. It is full of neat engravings, recipes, songs, sewing instructions, fashions and topical articles, such as "widow".... which was probably hard to read in 1863. Sarah Hale was a writer, editor and activist. AND, most important to me she wrote "Mary Had A Little Lamb".

    I'm also sharing celluloid "glove stretchers"? 8" long from Bill too. Lovely and work great to hold pages down for the photograph. I love vintage fashion and sewing as he knew. He also sent a 1940's book that I need to research before sharing.

    Bill, thank you so much for these wonderful gifts. Your friend - no1Mary


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    1. keramikos, 2 months ago
      valentino97, Wow, the famous Godey Lady's Book. Very Cool. :-)

      Love that "Lady's Waistband Bag." It makes me think of an old movie with Marie Dressler ("Min and Bill") in which her character wore one (pretty sure the movie wasn't set in the 19th century, but Dressler's character was old-fashioned):

      Here's the companion volume LXVII July to December, 1863:
    2. valentino97 valentino97, 2 months ago
      keramikos - thank you as always for your amazing research. I love that there is an archive to look at these page by page. I love having the book though by the way.
    3. keramikos, 2 months ago
      You're welcome. :-)

      It's handy to have the e-version if you want to save wear and tear on your hard copy:

      I like this (please excuse any errors of OCR conversion that I might have failed to catch):



      First Story.—A piano room, B parlor, C vestibule, D parlor, B conservatory. (It will be observed that these are all separated by drapery, which being pushed aside one magnificent parlor is formed.) F sitting-room, G dining-room, H stair hall, I breakfast-room, J dumb waiter, K china closet, L servant's room, M carriage porch, N general entrance, O rear entrance, P porticoes.


      Second Story.-A roof, B nursery, C chambers, D dressing-room.


      I believe those draperies would be called "portiers," and a series of rooms like that "enfiladed" (thank you Edith Warton for the latter).
    4. keramikos, 2 months ago
      D'oh! Wharton, not Warton.

      BTW, on the page after the one dedicated to the country house, there is a promotion for a Grover & Baker sewing machines:

      Here is a April 25, 1864 New York Times article about a Grover & Baker sewing machine:
    5. billretirecoll billretirecoll, 2 months ago
      You are very Welcome my #1 Mary, Thank You for showing the Godey's Lady's Book! I really like the way You posted Your Book! :^D
      Here's a link my original Post:
      and the follow-up post:
      I can't believe that it was 4yrs ago already! :^)
    6. keramikos, 2 months ago
      billretirecoll, Aha, so you did post images of the 1863 Godey's Lady's Book. :-)

      Here's The New Sewing Machine image from Mr. Peabody's Wayback machine copy:
    7. valentino97 valentino97, 2 months ago
      keramikos, I am a fan of Edith Wharton! And also Virginia Woolf but I know her time frame is about 30 years later? "I have lost friends, some by death, others by sheer inability to cross the street."
    8. valentino97 valentino97, 2 months ago
      Bobby25, thank you for your comment and it's sad they were dumped, but great you rescued. I know it's popular to take engraving pages out and sell them one at a time.
    9. valentino97 valentino97, 2 months ago
      Bill - thanks for remembering that I LOVED this book 4 years ago and you knew! My wonderful boyfriend doesn't get collecting and so often I feel like I'm an addict hiding my obsessions. LOL, which is why I love CW.
    10. Daisy1000 Daisy1000, 2 months ago
      Oh, such a wonderful book to have, to cherish. I love old books, too. Know I would touch every page. And excellent discovery, Billretirecoll!
    11. keramikos, 2 months ago
      valentino97, That's quite a quote from Woolf. };-)

      Wharton was Woolf's elder by twenty years. Wharton was her husband's family name. Her own was Jones, and at least one source said that her very well to do family was was the inspiration for the saying, "Keeping up with the Joneses."

      One of Wharton's works that struck me besides "The Age of Innocence" was "The House of Mirth."
    12. keramikos, 2 months ago
      valentino97, That book is a fascinating compilation of 19th century tidbits.

      In the process of hunting down the images billretirecoll used in his posts about this book, here's an intriguing one I stumbled upon:


      Notice that there are two choices for summoning assistance in entering, "VISITORS," and "SERVANTS." As the young woman is a governess, the latter was probably an appropriate choice for her.

      However, also notice that it's snowing, and there seems to be a bit of a wind that whipped up the poor gal's skirts so that you not only see her boots, but an inch or two of her ankles.

      A bit scandalous for that era, no?

      There's a short story to go with it on pages 556 - 560:
    13. valentino97 valentino97, 2 months ago
      Keramikos - I am very fond of Edith Wharton's "House of Mirth" and of course "The Age of Innocence" - they are a wonderful insight into Victorian life. When I was in high school the required reads were "1984", "Lord of the Flies", "Catcher in the Rye", "Romeo & Juliet" - I can't remember more, but we didn't read Wharton or Woolfe - and that is sad.
    14. keramikos, 2 months ago
      valentino97, I can't even remember for the most part what was required reading when I was in high school, perhaps because I was too busy reading on my own.

      I remember once seeing a relatively modern display of books that had been banned at one time or another, and realizing with a bit of shock that I'd read all of them, and some of them at a rather tender age.

      I don't remember when I first read Wharton, but I have a feeling that I was no longer a minor.

      I'm a Gore Vidal fan, and Vidal was himself a Wharton fan, so perhaps that was my introduction.
    15. keramikos, 2 months ago
      I finally got around to reading that short story "The Daily Governess" (my reading habits have changed over the years, and now tend towards non-fiction and almost entirely online). The picture of the young woman at the gate is at least partially explained:

      (I corrected the OCR conversion of the excerpt from page 558, but I'm notoriously bad at proofreading, so...)


      "Now I wonder," she soliloquized, eyeing with a half comical look the two bells that adorned the gate, "if I am a servant or a visitor. Dubious! I don't like to be snubbed on my first entrance for presumption, and yet I am not inclined to place myself on the footing of a servant. I'll guess!" and, letting the white eyelids fall over her dark eyes, she put out her hand, groping till it touched a handle. Then she opened them. "Servant!" she said, laughing, and gave the bell a pull. She had not long to wait before the footman strode down the avenue and opened the gate. "Mrs. Loudan! Oh, you are Miss Watson, are you not? This way. Why"—and he stopped short—" why didn't you pull t'other bell?" "I will to-morrow," she said, blushing under his gaze of respectful admiration.

    16. valentino97 valentino97, 2 months ago
      I am sorry I am so late in responding - Daisy1000 - YES, I always have a few vintage collector "picture books" on my bed because I am a light sleeper and can look through a few pages without tiny print eye-strain. I love slowly going through my books.

    17. valentino97 valentino97, 2 months ago
      keramikos - I need to pick up Gore Vidal again. Recently I watched a movie on Thomas Wolfe and Max Perkins, so now I am looking for Wolfe's books on audio. My eyesight is not good anymore. As for changing tastes - I LOVE travel books. Thanks for your online links!
    18. valentino97 valentino97, 2 months ago
      Thank you friends for your loves - aura, BB2, Jenni, raven, manikin, kwqd, fortapache, Phil, watchsearcher, Kyra, Thomas, Kevin, vintagelamp and Mike.
    19. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 2 months ago
      Fabulous gift from Bill!
      Old books are like old love and treasure!
      And they did have tiny print. Ran out of things to read at The Ranch and found my Father’s copy of House of the Seven Gables by Hawthorne, copy from about eye strain….
      Mary, I have always loved the styles of the Victorian era, then comes the fashions of the 1940’s!
      My Mother drew some charcoal pics for a 9 th. grade project on Renaissance clothes…
      I still have them! Some things you just can’t part with. I’ll find them and send you some pics!
    20. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 2 months ago
      P.S. I got an A on the project…lol
    21. valentino97 valentino97, 2 months ago
      Eileen - collecting is in your blood! Was your mother a teacher? And, about tiny print; it must have been expensive to print books. Didn't they used magnifying glasses to read LOL. Oh, I have to find the House of the 7 Gables!

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