This Week’s Vintage Finds #81

Hi everyone! I’ve been out-of-town for  a long week-end–one night in Lancaster (PA) and the rest near Pittsburgh for our nephew’s wedding. I did discover some great vintage finds on our journey, but since we just arrived home last night, I haven’t had time to unpack, let along prepare a post about them. However, I bought some interesting books at an estate sale not too long ago, so I thought I’d share some of those with you all today. How does that sound?
This Week's Vintage Finds #81
The bindings are a little rough, but I bought them mostly for their contents or for my own personal decorating. All of the books you’ll see here cost $1.00 each.
antique dictionary
I use dictionary pages for a variety of crafts. I like to buy them for a quarter.
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But this one also has a number of great, full-color illustrations, so it was well worth the extra 75 cents(!).


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So many words to choose from…

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I liked the leather binding on this collection about Thomas Paine.

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It was printed in 1908.

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This page, announcing that they produced just 350 copies of the book, has lovely illuminated illustration.


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I’ve seen numerous blog posts about removing bindings from old books for decorative purposes. I bought one already removed for me.


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I loved these three little books, each measuring about 4″ x 6.” The yellow one is entitled, The New Question Books on the Great Duties Taught in the Bible, and the blue one, Questions on the Bible.


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The bottom book also contains Bible lessons and questions. Published in 1881, it sports a delightful cover.


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I find the presentation to “Melvin H. Swan” interesting because my maiden name is “Swain,” and the name “Gage” is also interesting because one of my Vermont cousins married a “Gage.”
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It also contains some nice illustrations.
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This c.1870 book has a lovely cover,
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and it’s filled with some great illustrations.

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I find dictionaries hard to resist.

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Especially those with great illustrations and nicely aged pages.

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The marbled end papers are gorgeous, perfect for a future project.

What vintage treasures have you discovered lately?


Bye for now,

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  1. My favorite collectibles! You would enjoy St. Nicholas Magazine for Children, too. I have a bunch of them. Worth a look on the iWeb.

  2. Outstanding collection of books Diana! You really found some outstanding treasures there! I am a lover of old books as well! Happy week to you!! Nicole xo

  3. oh my Diana, I love every single book you shared with us today. The grungier and shabbier they are the better I like them for display. I always feel like I have really found a sweet treasure when I find a wonderful old book at a yard sale for a quarter.

  4. I love old books, and yours are absolutely beautiful. Love, love, love the old illustrations.

  5. Whenever you get unpacked, I'm eager to see what you found in Lancaster County…that's where I live.

  6. No matter what you do with them, vintage books are always lovely. I just love the look and feel of them. I always wonder who owned and treasured them, especially the ones that are over 100 years old.

  7. Vintage books are among my favorite vintage finds. You certainly found some great ones.

  8. What wonderful old books! I love them all ruffled and used looking. After dropping off a donation to the Goodwill I just had to go in to see what they had. Boy, was I glad I did! I got a large chalkware piggy bank, handpainted; a McCoy elephant cookie jar, and a large wicker suitcase. The piggy bank and cookie jar had pink tags and it was 50% off pink tag day!

  9. I love old books and enjoyed seeing these rare treasures! It's fun shopping for vintage items. Hugs, Diane

  10. Great finds! I love finding old books like this. They will be great for projects or just sitting around, being used for decorating. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  11. I adore all the books! Those are some really pretty ones. And that chicken illustration…. OMG! It's hard to beat old books for decorating with. They can pull together an arrangement like nobody's business. 🙂

  12. Wow , you got some great stuff. I collect vintage dictionaries, can't get enough of them! Love that Thomas Paine book, too. Anything old with pictures is awesome. I got a pictoral Bible at a barn sale that is over 100 years old! I think I paid a few bucks for it:)

  13. Love the old books as well, but cringe when I read that you want to use them for projects! If they have made it intact this long, they should be preserved!!

  14. Love old books too and these are all so wonderful. I hope you have many hours going through them and using them in your art

  15. I love old books and the ones you found are wonderful. Thomas Paine and the dictionary are truly treasures to me. Thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

  16. My sister and I both noticed the year 1912 on a dictionary…'Mama's birth year"…I have a 1912 calendar hanging In my den…same reason ..'turned to the month of August -2- circled. thanks for sharing what I sometimes refer to as "wonderfully ratty old books"

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