Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Letter from J. C Perry & Co., Sole Travelling and Advertising Agents of Carl L. Jensen’s Preparations, recently found by me stuck between pages in an old book.
Ads for the Crystal Pepsin can be found here in the Dietetic and Hygienic Gazette, Volume 6, Issue 8, October 1890 and here in the The National Druggist, Volume 12, Issue 8, April 15, 1888. Many other great ads can be found by scrolling through these two links.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
This found letter discovered between pages an old book, was written Wednesday, May 16th, 1894 near Greenland and was postmarked almost 3 months later in Philadelphia on August 7, 1894. Page 3 of the letter notes the sailing ship the writer was on getting stuck in drift ice, and on June 9th seeing “the green ray as the sun set we have no night now.”
|Close-up of the embossed seal on the letter. It looks like a capital dome, but I cannot make out the lettering above it.|
Monday, April 21, 2014
Friday, April 18, 2014
Thursday, April 17, 2014
|Image courtesy of Peggy Nelson’s Twitter novel Shackleton|
Read the rest of the Futility Closet post here to learn about the cats Nigeraurak and Trim. An excellent little post from the Twitter novel Shackleton by artist Peggy Nelson can be found here.
I also recommend the slim volume, Mrs. Chippy's Last Expedition: The Remarkable Journal of Shackleton's Polar-Bound Cat by Caroline Alexander.
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014
Oh, Direct TV, a poorly designed faux handwritten font on an invitation-size envelope does not entice me to take advantage of your offer, nor does sending it again in a business-size envelope. Not that I am interested in anything you would ever have to offer, but you immediately blew it on the name, and your credibility was immediately lost on me.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Monday, April 7, 2014
William Bullock is sometimes referred to as the father of the web rotary printing press and modern printing. Bullock's press allowed for continuous large rolls of paper to be automatically fed through the rollers, eliminating the laborious hand-feeding system of earlier presses. The press was self-adjusting, printed on both sides, folded the paper, and a sharp serrated knife that rarely needed sharpening cut sheets with rapid precision. The press could print up to 12,000 sheets an hour; later improvements raised the speed to up to 30,000 sheets an hour. He also has the dubious distinction of being among inventors killed by their inventions.
|Bullock's Rotary Press|
You'd think that after years of genealogy, geocaching, and letterboxing it would come easy to me to find a headstone with a bronze marker. Well, it helps to search for such headstones in the correct division of a cemetery. In my excited rush getting there, we initially spent a lot of time combing through Section G in a different division. Terri was a real sport, and her intuition paid off when she put all of the little bits of my quickly gathered incomplete information together. Bullock's grave site is in the very back of Lot 29, and could be easily overlooked. All in all, it was a great day filled with adventures.
|Found at last!|