Sunday, November 02, 2008

From Mussolini To Baseball To Tom Mix

I am not much of a sports fan and always felt a bit awkward when new customers would talk about sports at lunchtime. It's a male bonding thing that I never learned. Having said that, it was very easy to get caught up in all the excitement last week when Philadelphia finally won the world series. It seems like the right time to start off with some baseball ephemera. The engraved bookplate is by A. N. Macdonald and the trade card is for the Briggs Piano Co. of Boston (circa 1888)
Last night we set the clocks back one hour. When I was very young my parents explained that this was done so that the farmers would have an extra hour to plant.This never made sense to me then and still doesn't. Why don't the farmers get up an hour earlier to plant?
Some day I would like to write a book about the bookplates used by famous people. My life is full of "some days" so it may never happen but here is a small group of the M's .
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A word about Tom Mix for those of you who never heard of him. He was among other things a movie actor . In the late 1940's every weekday afternoon I would listen to The Tom Mix radio show. It never occurred to me until just now that he was already dead and gone . His bookplate is quite distinctive.
Note I just started to read about Tom Mix on and spotted the following:
"Around this time, the Ralston Purina Company of St. Louis negotiated a deal with Mix to use his name and character for a new radio show, and 'The Tom Mix Ralston Straight Shooters' first hit the airwaves in September, 1933 over NBC. Mix was never a participant in the broadcasts --- the TM-Bar Ranch was the setting for the radio series with Ralston peddling their cereal products from 'Checkerboard Square'. For much of its run, the program was a 15 minute serial adventure, running Monday through Friday around 5:00 p.m. along with other quarter hour adventures such as 'Captain Midnight' and 'Jack Armstrong'. It went off the air for a year during WW2 but returned over the Mutual Broadcasting Network, in 15 and 30 minute versions, with Curley Bradley in the role of Tom Mix. The show ended in 1950"

I bought the Mountbatten plate last week. He has at least one other plate.

Each week, I try to include at least one bookish link of interest. Steven Wurth, a bookseller in upstate New York has a a very informative blog which I am currently reading.
See you next week.

1 comment:

Johnny said...

Nice to see Tom Mix continuing the grand American tradition of attributing a Ben Franklin quotation to the Bible...