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Posted 5 years ago


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I found this in a box of books at a yard sale today. It's a beautiful scrapbook with a lot of local pieces in it. The lady who sold it to me said that she believes that it was made by the grandmother of a woman she knows who is mixed African American / Caucasian. I may post more photos of it because some are really beautiful and interesting. Does anyone know what the Tale of Two Flies refers to?

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  1. AmberRose AmberRose, 5 years ago
    Wow what a fun find. I just see copies of vampire books.
  2. walksoftly walksoftly, 5 years ago
    Wow love it, it reminds me of the one that I just found that belonged to my Grandma.
    The image of the Tale of Two Flies, appears to be in the shape of a bomb.
    The other image of the fly refers to it's death & germs, possibly the two images are related
    In the last image left page center, it appears to be horses pulling logs, is that correct?
  3. pw-collector pw-collector, 5 years ago
    In the 2nd frame shown above has a photo of the horse Dan Patch racing with the time of 1:56. The New England Watch Company 1898-1914 manufactured a Dan Patch, 7-jewel chronograph pocket watch with a start, stop & reset, in short, a stop watch to time races.
    Thanks for sharing this find,
    Below is a little history on the famous horse, Dan Patch from wikipedia:
    Dan Patch's home in Oxford.
    Dan Patch was a brown American bred Standardbred stallion sired by Joe Patchen, his dam Zelica was by Wilkesberry. Dan Patch was foaled on 29 April 1896, in a barn in the town of Oxford, Indiana. He was named for his owner, Daniel (Dan) Messner, and his sire, Joe Patchen. The young horse showed little promise in his first year, but a local trainer named Johnny Wattles saw potential in the animal. Wattles received permission from Messner to train Dan Patch and developed the horse's racing abilities until 1900, when Messner sold the horse to Manley E. Sturges of New York, for a record $20,000.[1] Sturges, in turn, sold Dan Patch in 1902 to a resident of the city of Hamilton (later Savage) in Minnesota, named Marion Willis Savage. Dan Patch lived in Minnesota from 1902 until his death on 11 July 1916.
    Racing record:
    Dan Patch lost only two heats in his whole career, and never lost a race. His speed was such that other owners sometimes refused to race their horses against him, leaving him to run against the clock.
    Dan Patch's official record of 1:55¼ for the pacing mile was set in 1905 in Lexington, Kentucky. His 1:55 unofficial record for the pacing mile was set in 1906 at the Minnesota State Fair, but not officially recognized because of the use of a prompter with a windshield. This record was tied 32 years later in 1938 when Billy Direct became the official 1:55 world record holder. Marion Savage was so indignant about Dan Patch's 1:55 mark not being recognized (the rules having recently been changed) that he renamed the International Stock Food Farm in Savage to the International 1:55 Stock Food Farm. The 1:55 mark was equaled in following years, but was not broken until 1960, 54 years after Dan Patch's run, when Adios Butler paced the first sub-1:55 mile in 1:54:3. Dan Patch's fastest race mile was 1:58.
    Dan Patch's achievements made him a sports celebrity, with extensive product endorsements including toys, cigars, cut plug chewing tobacco, washing machines and automobiles. During his racing years, from 1900 through 1909, he was front-page newspaper copy. At the height of his fame, he earned for his owner more than a $1 million a year.
    Crowds of 100,000 turned out for a glimpse of the horse, which possessed an unusually gentle temperament yet radiated charisma. Dwight Eisenhower lined up with his parents at the 1904 Kansas State Fair to see him, and Harry Truman recalled that as a boy he had written a fan letter to the horse.
    Dan Patch retired undefeated in 1909 as the holder of nine world records and spent much of his later life attending exhibitions.
    Owner Marion Savage and Dan Patch died within thirty-one hours of each other, in July 1916. Marion Savage died at age 57 due to a heart attack just after Dan had died.
  4. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 5 years ago
    thanks everyone. interesting info. the large doll-houses are pretty cool too. i think that those were local here in oakland, but not sure. you can see lots more pics of this scrapbook here:
  5. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 5 years ago
    yes walksoftly. in the 4th pic - center left page - it's a logging operation in Mendocino.
  6. Kathycat Kathycat, 5 years ago
    What a SUPER find!!! Such BEAUTIFUL Pictures!!!!
  7. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 5 years ago
    Wow, ho2cultcha, you hit the jackpot. Beautiful 'scrap' pictures!!!
  8. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 5 years ago
    thanks kathycat and mikkochristmas11!
  9. Roycroftbooksfromme1 Roycroftbooksfromme1, 3 years ago
    always good to see ...William F Cody aka B Bill

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