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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 Thanks very much for your time.

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

Images from 2 issues, 1932 and 1936Collapse )

as dead as a doornail

The world loves a nutter

I thought you chaps might enjoy this fellow I stumbled upon:

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...
Fert face

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?
lotr beacon, amondin


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!


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.

waste fats

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.
Dawn Patrol

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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.",70147-0.html?tw=rss.index

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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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?