Friday, June 26, 2009

Booth Tarkington's Bookplates

Click On Images To Enlarge Booth Tarkington had three bookplates that I am aware of.
The one below was designed by Jack Stark

The one below was designed by Anna Hasselman

Here are some links that should be of interest :
Fellow collector Richard Schimmelpfeng has put together an impressive list of duplicate bookplate books which are for sale . Many items on the list are priced at $15.00 plus postage. If you contact him he will send you the complete list. His email is
Fellow collector Jim Lewis sent me this link to the digital bookplate collection at Winterthur.
It contains many 18th century American bookplates.
I received an online bookplate catalog from Wolfgang Rieger.
Here is a blog about the bookplates of Joseph Gleeson- White
Last , but not least Jim Keenan has launched a new blog to attract new members for the American Society of Bookplate Collectors And Designers
See you next week.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

This Week In Bookplates 6/20/2009

I was sorting through some bookplates when I noticed Mrs.Prescott's bookplate.I guess it preceded the feminist movement.


A fifty year collection of pocket watches was sold at auction on Saturday by Leo P. Legare
The Charles Bond watch paper (bottom row , left) was engraved by J.V.N. Throop between 1827 and 1836.

Among the lots were a number of watch papers. A while back I wrote about watch papers.

I bid on the three illustrated lots. If I was not on a fixed income I would be dangerous.

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My focus is on American and English bookplates but this striking image by Josef Vachal appealed to me. It was purchased on Ebay and I will probably frame and hang it above my desk.

The Cooperstown Antiquarian Book Fair is next Saturday (June 27th). I plan to be there .

They don't have a website but you can get get detailed information at 800 322 2995

See you next week.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Some Hollywood Icons Who Loved Books

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The two Wanger plates are by Asa Cheefetz

The Erich von Stroheim plate was done by Victor Bassinett

The George Stevens plate was done by Anthony Euwer

In doing my research for this posting I stumbled upon an interesting group of blogs all about the golden years of Hollywood. I contacted Cliff Aliperti and asked him to tell me a bit more about his blogs. Here is what he had to say:

I have several sites and blogs. The one you'd asked me about specifically is

VintageMeld was conceived as my "home base" of operations, where I could share information about the items I handle for sale, ( movie collectibles and magazine back issues). It is a labor of love , a cross between a business and my personal interests.I've also begun soliciting information from my customers, and the general public at
about how they display their collections. This is a question I'm often asked about magazines.My first site, Http://
, is about vintage movie cards, collectibles, and the classic film stars themselves. I have a couple of excellent freelance writers, Tammy Stone and Susan M. Kelly, who have been with me since 2002. They submit well researched articles about the stars and I put together the "Photo ID Guides" which are photo checklists of items I've handled. My Collecting Old Magazines site
has been incorporated into the main things-and-other-stuff site and includes notes on magazine collecting.
is where I share the contents of the magazines I list for sale for purposes of research. If you are looking for an article about a specific subject or by a certain author, just search the magwiki and hopefully you'll find an old magazine title to hunt down.Last but not least I have a fan site dedicated to the now obscure 1930's and 40's film star Warren William
- he's the fellow shown in the movie poster over my shoulder in the photo .


Tom Boss has added many more bookplates for sale ,at his website.It is well worth a visit.
That's about it for this week. See you next Sunday.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Queen Elizabeth ll and Bookplate Withdrawal

For those of you fellow bookplate junkies who are experiencing profound bookplate withdrawal here is an affordable fix. I am selling some scarce bookplates from the libraries of famous people. Here is a link to my current Ebay listings:

By Will Carter

By Jessie M.King

I just read an interesting article about blogging and bloggers on page one of the Sunday Styles section of The New York Times (6/7/2009). This paragraph was of special interest :

" According to a 2008 survey by Technorati, which runs a search engine for blogs , only 7.4 million out of the 133 million blogs the company tracks had been updated in the past 120 days.That translates to 95 percent of of blogs being essentially abandoned, left to lie fallow on the Web , where they become public remnants of a dream-or at least an ambition - unfulfilled."

The article got me thinking about my own blog aspirations . It seems I have none . That is probably why I look forward to this weekly conversation with all of you. . I get about 100 hits per day from Google and various blog links plus another 100 per week from Feedburner .I suppose I do have one goal which is to keep the audience growing.

See you next week.