Friday, December 29, 2006


Let me start by thanking the folks at Google for creating this idiot proof system for reaching out to kindred spirits.
At the same time, I want to thank each and every one of you who visit each week. This is really a collaborative effort and I am delighted to receive your comments and scans of your own bookplates.

My Meerkat bookplate arrived yesterday and I have already pasted one in a treasured book and sent some out to collector friends. If you would like to exchange bookplates let me hear from you. My contact email for such things is
The Papermania show is coming up in Hartford Connecticut on January 6th and 7th. If you are in the area be sure to attend .It is one of the best east coast ephemera shows. You can get specific information at
As a direct result of the blog exposure I am in the early stages of negotiation with a British publisher for a book about the bookplates of famous people . My grandmother taught me the essence of a Yiddish word which I will Anglicize Kina Hurra. I think it means something like this :If you are too specific about an upcoming event you may prevent it from happening. It's sort of a precursor to quantum mechanics.
Here's to a happy healthy prosperous new year. See you in 2007
1/31/2006 Mr. Eli D. Goldstein was kind enough to send me the following information:
" The term you refer to as "Kina Hurra" in your blog is actually Kayn ayin hora (from the Hebrew Kayn Ayin Ha' Ra ) and refers to the evil eye (ayin hara) - it is usually used when one for example praises someone but does not want the evil eye to "spoil" the praise e.g. He is such a nice person -"kayn ayin hora". The pronunciation "hurra" instead of "hora" is usually used by Polish Jews"

Thursday, December 21, 2006


Stop the presses! Son of bookplate junkie just sent this to me and I thought I would share it with my eight regular readers since it made me laugh out loud:

My heartfelt appreciation goes out to all of you who have taken the time to send me odd ball news items throughout the year. I want to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas/Happy Chanukah and a very prosperous New Year.

Extra thanks to whoever sent me the one about rat shit in the glue on envelopes, because I now have to get a wet towel every time I need to seal an envelope.

Because of your concern, I no longer drink Coca Cola because it removes toilet stains.

I no longer drink Pepsi or Dr. Pepper since the people who make these products are atheist bastards who refuse to put " under God " on their cans.

I no longer use Saran wrap or Teflon frying pans because they cause Cancer.

I no longer receive packages from FedEx or UPS since they are actually Al Quada in disguise.

I no longer eat KFC because their" chickens" are horrible mutant freaks with no eyes or feathers.

All joking aside, it has been a good year and I am waiting for the son of the exiled president of Nigeria to send me a three million dollar pay out on my $20,000.00 investment.

Seasons greetings to one and all. Lew Jaffe

Monday, December 18, 2006

Celebrity Bookplates , Mostly Actresses

Getting celebrity bookplates is always a challenge for the collector. Many people do not use them and when you write , your message probably lands on the desk of some junior clerk who does not know what a bookplate is . That's why I have a pile of auto pen signed glossy photos in a drawer. For the moment , you may still be able to PURCHASE one of the bookplates designed by Anthony Euwer (1877-19?) for Lana Turner by sending your inquiry to
The others , with the exception of Greta Garbo do show up on Ebay from time to time.



Friday, December 08, 2006

The Meerkats Are Coming / Odds &Ends/Trip to Chicago

This is a very rough preliminary sketch of my new Meerkat bookplate.
I wish I had a dollar for all the people who have told me they have been meaning to get a bookplate.What in the world are they waiting for? I expect my Meerkat bookplates from Andy English to arrive before Christmas. If you want to see some of Andy's finished woodblocks go to
For those of you on a limited budget here is a less expensive but very tasteful alternative from the Moontree Letterpress .Their bookplates can be found at:
I have been meaning to mention this for several weeks.The UBC Library's bookplate website has a very nice image management system and some interesting bookplates.
My annual trip to Chicago takes place next week (12/12 through 12/17 ) . If any of you from that area have bookplates for sale or trade let me hear from you. One place I always enjoying visiting when I go to Chicago is Bookmans Alley in Evanston. If you have never been there and you plan to be in the Chicago it is worth a visit.
It's Monday morning and I have stumbled upon an interesting blog about supporting your local bookstores. I have no axe to grind with the chains but do applaud anyone tries to to slow down the extinction of independent booksellers with open stores.
It's Tuesday morning and I will be leaving for Chicago today.This week I have been posting some bookplate sites that are worth visiting. Marcela Groeneveld in The Netherlands is a bookplate dealer whose site is very informative.
One foot out the door but I have got to add one very nice blog about Clifford Berryman's bookplates compiled by Mike Rhoade