Great things for Valentine’s Day!

With Valentine’s Day approaching pretty fast, the Etsy Vintage Team has a wide variety of items for the big day.  You can find great items from cards to items for the dinner table for a romantic dinner.

One of the great items that you could give as a present is a vintage Valentine card, like this set from the Tparty shop.

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This lot of 5 cards have different scenes, and the cards date to the 1930’s.  I like the one on the top with the children reading, and this set can be seen in the Tparty shop here.  Another thing that you could do is to get is this great pair of candlesticks for that romantic dinner.

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They are in the MyHeirloomEssentials shop, and the pair of Wedgewood Jasperware candlesticks date to the 1960’s.  The candlesticks can be seen in their shop here.  Another thing that you could do is to get this terrific vase to hold some red roses.

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This stunning antique Nippon white floral porcelain two handled vase was made in the early 1900’s, and it was made by the Morimura Brothers.  You can see this great vase in the Farmhouseattic shop, here.

As a matter of fact, you can find even more items from the entire Etsy Vintage Team for Valentine’s Day here.

I hope that you have a fantastic Valentine’s Day!

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The Moomin Books by Tove Jansson

If you ever want a great book to read with your children, I suggest one from the Moomin Book series by Tove Jansson.  This series is got its start in 1945–there have been nine books, five picture books and a comic strip that has been published.  And it’s a fun book to read for both children and adults.

The Moomins are said to look like unarticulated relatives of the Michelin Man, or bestial cousins to the Pillsbury Doughboy, hippopotamuses, and even albino trolls.  These guys are so popular that they even have their own theme park in Finland.

The Etsy shop (and Etsy Vintage Team member) Pistilbooks has several of the books in their shop, like this copy of Moominsummer Madness.

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This copy was published in 1969 by N Y, Henry Z. Walck / Ernest Benn and still has the dust jacket.  You can see this terrific book in their shop here.

Another book that you can find in the Pistilbooks shop is Moominpappa At Sea.

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It was published by N Y, Ernest Benn Limited / Henry Z. Walck, Inc. in 1968, and you can see the book here.  As a matter of fact, you can see all of the Moomin books in the Pistilbooks shop here.

You can also see a blog post on the Pistilbooks blog (which is called Pistil Blog) here.

Which of the Moomin books have you read?

Books with Library Bindings

Guest author, Amy from Pistilbooks

In the bookselling world, ex-library books are often maligned and scorned as being worthless or beneath the highfalutin standards of many antiquarian booksellers.  While it’s true ex-library books are marked by the library (some would say defaced) – with stamps, stickers, bar codes, pockets, and the like, I find these very markings and institutional traces to be charming and sometimes beautiful.

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I’m talking mostly about older, specially bound,  library books in this regard.  (Modern library books are often simply regular books straight from the publisher with the dust jacket encased or laminated in a plastic cover, taped to the boards, with stamps and a pocket for the due-date card added, though now even the pockets are obsolete and absent.   These do not particularly appeal to me unless the dust jacket itself is a nice example of vintage dust jacket art.)

Many library books have been specially bound in a library binding of sturdy buckram cloth.  These are the books that are often embellished with  the binder’s metallic label inside the front or back cover.  Buckram is a sturdy, shiny coated cotton or part-cotton cloth that is used for library bindings.  The cloth can be a solid color or a multi-colored pattern and is easy to wipe clean after marred by borrowers’ dirty hands with a damp cloth.  Often children’s library books previous to the seventies had an illustration printed on the buckram cover.

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Some even older library books I’ve come across have cloth or leather spines and corners, but decorated  paper covered boards – perhaps marbelized paper, or paper printed to look like wood.

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Some of the library markings that have their own special appeal are the perforated stamp, spelling out the library name in tiny holes, the stickers from the maker of library bindings – often in a metallic paper, with cool names like “Bound to Stay Bound,” notices and warnings of fines to the library borrower, and instructions on the proper treatment of books.

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Cool date-due card from the 1940s amd ugly bar code