Intersecting Hobbies

Well, I sure do like when my hobbies intersect.  I recently got into philately.  I have plenty of stamps to sort through, and I will be attending the APS National Summer Convention in Columbus OH.  In preparation for the event, I’m digging into the details.

I recently purchased a hodge-podge of collection materials from Ebay, which included this swell book from 1964.  It’s a discard from the Muhlenberg Library.  Note the hand lettered filing info on the cover.  I love old library books.  No card in the back cover though.  Oh well…

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Free books? Sure!

Local school libraries in my area have been purging their stacks recently, asking folks to give the books a new home.  I have acquired quite a few delightful hardbound books recently.

First up is the OXFORD BOOK OF ESSAYS.

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I almost passed on this, but the “Oxford” sealed the deal; when a book is tagged as such, it has been meticulously edited for content.  Remarkably, this book is brand new, having never been checked out of the library.

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I often purchase used books through Amazon, and the vendors will let you know if a book has been circulated out of a library- I love those!  They are invariably in fine condition, often have the rugged plastic cover protectors, and the stamps and card pockets make them unique.

I recently had some friends over to the house, and one of them picked this gem up for me from a library culling:

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I have never known of this book’s existence out in the real world.  Some remarkable information in here.  I was 13 years old when this was published (1974).  It appears that this title was checked out a grand total of two times.

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Turning real pages, flipping through a book and skimming physical pages – these are things you simply can not do with a kindle or an iPad.    ~TH~