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Sunday, July 16th, 2006
3:43 pm - Old Magazines

Printers' Ink 002 Printers' Ink 008

Hello dear members,

I've come into possession of a number of old Printers' Ink monthly magazines from the 1930s, and have a mind to sell them. I am, however, unsure of their value, and have been unable to find much information on said periodical online. It seems to be a periodical regarding commerce, business and advice on advertising.

The covers for several of the magazines are beginning to peel and become detached from the binding, but the magazines are in otherwise good condition, with clean pages (about 80-90 pages each), clear print and none missing. The advertisements are full of charm and humour, and the articles an interesting reflection of the era. I'll include a few pictures of two of the magazines to this post- the covers above may be enlarged. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, and any prospective buyers are welcome to contact me via LJ or at liftthecarpet@yahoo.com. Thanks very much for your time.

Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Romer Pub. Co., 1919-1941.

Images from 2 issues, 1932 and 1936Collapse )

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Sunday, June 25th, 2006
4:11 am - The world loves a nutter

I thought you chaps might enjoy this fellow I stumbled upon: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_John_Cavendish_Bentinck-Scott

A snippet: 5th Duke of Portland, who liked to live underground, preferring not to be seen. He also built an entire underground mansion, painted it pink, and filled it with brown wigs packed lovingly in cardboard boxes.

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There are external links at the bottom of the entry which tell of great things attributed to this wonderful eccentric. Incidentally, if anyone can pass me some links to other sites about eccentrics I would be much appreciative. I was hunting an English chap from the 18th century who was rumoured never to have thrown anything away, but alas, my search was fruitless...

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Friday, June 16th, 2006
1:55 pm - Pet peeves?

Greetings! Yes, rank and utter newby luddite here...

With all of the ideas that old things are 'junk' I was wondering if there were any personal pet peeves people had?

I collect typewritters (and clean and fix them), so one of my big ones is people who make typewriter key jewelry, as well as people who put a typewriter up on ebay and say "will clip keys". Those sellers really make me mad because what do they do with the rest of the typewriter, but also why destroy something that still works or can be fixed?

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10:47 am - Phones!


My boyfriend and I went to his grandmother's house a few weeks ago, and I saw that she had this antique phone - the kind where it's attached to the wall, you hold the ear-piece up to your ear, speak into the mic, and crank it for the operation service.

SIlly me, I got all excited and squealed over and it asked if it was still in use, but alas! no.  I should have expected that.  *sigh*  

On a similar note - 

Are cell phones really that necessary?  Remember when we were kids we would have to (dear god!) use a payphone?  Are parents and kids nowadays more paranoid?  So unncessary!

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Sunday, June 11th, 2006
12:26 am

I figured out of all my communites, you chaps would appreciate this the most. Of course, that all hinges on your idea of 'old stuff'. I happen to think electricity has alot to answer for.

oven? Who needs an oven- we have fire and big iron pots!Collapse )

current mood: awake

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Friday, June 2nd, 2006
8:25 pm - Mason Jars?

Hi...hope this isn't against the rules but I was wondering if anyone knew more of Ball Perfect Mason Jars. I have a set up on eBay I'm getting rid of but I'd like to know more about them. From the research I did these were the last ones made in 1933 and they have zinc lids which I don't know what that means if it's bad or what. Also it's Aqua in colour, is that rare? I found these in my grandparents' basement but I don't know if these are considered antique or what.
Here is the link but I would appreciate some feedback if any is a jar collector.
I don't know the value of the them so they are marked fot $20 for a set of 3...if anyone put a price on these that would be cool too.

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Sunday, March 19th, 2006
11:49 am - Score one for the wrecking ball

Philadelphia's real estate market is booming, which means that all my favorite places are being demolished.

Next on the list is the Byberry insane asylum--built around the turn of the century as an idyllic pastoral retreat, then abandoned in the 80's due to patient abuse. Byberry is a huge, imposing complex with underground passageways and creepy graffiti. It's become a popular hangout for all kinds of people, some of whom are wanton vandals but others of whom just like being there.

Previously the ruin of Philly's Eastern State Penitentiary was preserved and turned into a museum. I'd hoped Byberry could become a similar museum devoted to the fascinating history of mental health in America, but sadly the developer wants the whole place to become just another suburban office park. In his words:

"What's the history that's been there? There's a bunch of old hospital buildings."

I guess the Sistine Chapel and the Taj Mahal should just be bulldozed according to this guy--they're just "a bunch of old buildings" after all.

Full article here.

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Thursday, February 2nd, 2006
7:33 pm

You can't send a telegram anymore:

"Western Union delivered its final telegram last Friday, ending a 150-year service whose technology, in its time, astonished the world every bit as much as the internet does today."


An interesting article, but I wonder if telegrams are still being used in the developing world. Fifteen years or so ago, the Indian railways were still using mechanical telegraphs and Morse code, so I could imagine telegrams might still be common in some places.

Alas, I've never sent a telegram! I love this statement from Western Union: "Effective January 27, 2006, Western Union will discontinue all Telegram and Commercial Messaging services. We regret any inconvenience this may cause you, and we thank you for your loyal patronage."

Inconvenience! Ha ha! Apparently Western Union posted this announcement on their web site. I can imagine some technologically archaic person in some isolated region is relying on telegraphs somehow, and will discover this news by word-of-mouth.

“Consumers eager to send a singing telegram, one of many Western Union innovations, would have to look elsewhere, the company said.

“Strictly speaking, the telegram -- by definition, a message sent by telegraph -- died a long time ago. In the mid-1960s, Western Union began sending its customers' messages wirelessly using microwave radio beams instead of wires strung on poles.”

“Western Union declined yesterday to disclose the contents of the company’s final message.”
--The Times

“Probably the shortest telegram ever sent dates from the 19th century - attributed both to Victor Hugo and Oscar Wilde and thereby perhaps apocryphal - and sent from Paris to a literary agent in London. The writer sought news of the sales of his latest book and the agent replied that sales were doing very well. The message was simply '?' while the reply was an equally perfunctory, but equally informative ‘!’.”
—The Independent

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Thursday, January 26th, 2006
11:48 pm - This too shall pass

A gas station, circa 1918, in West Philadelphia:

It was knocked down, and the property eventually became a Burger King. Later the Burger King was demolished in favor of a movie theater.

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Monday, January 16th, 2006
3:53 pm

i'm bummed, because i cant remember a song name
its from the 1940s or 1950s.
and the title is something like "when standing in front of your house"
and its about a guy who gets this overwhelming happiness just standing on the lawn of the house of the girl he loves.

can anyone help me out?

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Saturday, January 7th, 2006
6:41 am - Printing Press

Anyone out there know anything about getting started with movable a type printing press?

current mood: itchy

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Friday, December 30th, 2005
4:59 am - Seen this?


current mood: ambitious

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Thursday, December 22nd, 2005
8:15 pm - A Scene Lost Long Ago

I thought perhaps members of this community might like to see a period picture of the 1888 Romanesque Revival building which was the City Hall of Los Angeles until 1928. It was demolished ages ago, and I never saw it except in pictures.

Los Angeles City Hall, 1888

Related text can be read here, in my main journal (in case anybody is interested in my nostalgic maundering.) You can also see a larger version of the image by clicking on the thumbnail in that entry, and then the "full size" link below the image at LJ Scrapbook.

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Sunday, December 18th, 2005
2:45 pm - things that are no more

The Book of the Week on Radio Four is Michael Bywater's Lost Worlds, read by Stephen Fry (and for completism - produced and abridged by Jill Waters).

The first reading is from 9:45 to 10:00 on BBC Radio Four FM (times GMT, of course) tomorrow (2005-12-19) with repeats from 0:30 to 0:48 (don't know how they manage to shave two minutes off the repeat - oh well), near the end of the same radio day.

Struck by the realisation that we understand little about the quiet storm of loss that blows about our lives and histories, Michael Bywater decided that in this age of lists - what was required is a compendium of the things that have gone.

Entries include Absurdity, Angels and Bakelite.

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Monday, November 14th, 2005
2:49 pm - Silly typewriter question

I have a few typewriters that I use for things like making my zine and writing letters. Only my favorite typewriter doesn't have a numeral one/exclamation point key. I think I must be missing something, because why would someone make a typewriter that can't type ones or exclamation points!?

Any help in solving this mystery would be appreciated.

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Monday, November 7th, 2005
12:20 am - Are we freakish?

My friend and I sit around on saturday nights, after we've finished playing our live music, listening to 78rpm records on 3 handcranked phonographs.

Is there anyone else out there who spends time doing this?

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Saturday, July 23rd, 2005
4:44 pm - Hiya, all.

I just recently found an old rotary phone in my house, but the problem is that I don't know how to update it so I can plug it into a modern American jack. It's one of those three-wire attachments. Is there a converting adaptor or anything that I can buy? Is there any equipment out that I should buy to attach it so I can actually use the phone? Anyone know where I can get an adaptor for cheap?

Thanks very much.

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Friday, July 22nd, 2005
2:04 am

Thank you everyone who responded to my last entry. I fixed it!

Turns out, there's a locking lever I'd hit. It keeps the carriage from bouncing around I guess. Then, I'd had my indents set too large, so I randomly figured out how to change that.

I found that playing with levers, seeing what was "possible, not logical," was especially helpful.

Thanks again!

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Sunday, July 17th, 2005
10:02 pm - typewriter question

I apologize for not having a grasp of proper technical terminology, but...

The thing that moves back and forth on my Hermes 2000 typewriter is stuck. I was fiddling with it and I think I pressed a lever or something... I have no idea.

Anyone know how to get it unstuck so that i can actually use it?

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Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005
11:01 am - Cucumber Sandwiches

Does anyone here know the proper way to make a cucumber sandwich? I've been hunting recipes, but I can't seem to find one that sounds right. They sound more like someone's "creative" variation on a proper cucumber sandwich.

Thank you in advance!

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