Sorting through some books this afternoon I found a couple of interesting page markers. The Penguin paperback The House of Exile Nora Waln contained a postcard with Christmas and New Year greetings together with a folded sheet of paper. This turned out to be a “Schedule of emergency rest shelters established in the county borough area” listing 26 locations around Derby. Dated December 1940 and produced by the Public Assistance Department. There are pencil names alongside and I wonder if these were the people who worked at the shelters or people who had gone to them. For interested locals the buildings were King Street Wesleyan Chapel School, Queen’s Hall Schools, Central Church Schools, Normanton Road Congregational Schools, Public Assistance Offices, The Merchant Hall, The Jubilee Hall, Derby Co-operative Society Guild Room, St. Anne’s School, St. Barnabas’ School, St. Luke’s Church House, Christ Church Mission Hall, St. mark’s Church, TheRoe Farm School Clinic, Mansfield Street P.M. Schools, Salvation Army Citadel, St. Joseph’s Schools, St. Thomas’ Institute, St. Augustine’s Schools, St. Alkmund’s Schools, Carlton Road Congregational Church Schools, Allenton Senior Boys’ School, Brighton Road Senior Boys’ School, Nottingham Road Junior School and Ashbourne Road Junior School.
In The Life of Charlotte Bronte by Mrs Gaskell there were two newspaper clippings from July 30th 1913 regarding letters Charlotte Bronte sent to Professor Heger that has been donated to the British Museum.
Yesterday I purchased a selection of (okay far too many) books with the intention of turning some into clocks. I’d used the Folio Society Shakespeare before to make a clock like this..
..so it seemed a good idea to bid on a large lot of books to make some more. I’ve spent the day sorting out what I can create things from. Most of the books are on the way to the charity shop or will be on the bookshelves at Hopkinson (prices from 50p) soon so I can get back some of my shockingly overpriced investment (since I got bid up). Back to those folio Shakespeare’s…
There are 37 Shakespeare books which I suspect is complete and I’m one of the few people who enjoyed Shakespeare at school (Macbeth hooked me) so they keep asking me if they can stay on my shelves. My sensible business head points out the fact I need to make clocks. My literature/theatre loving head says give them a home and preserve them! They do have very pretty covers before you even look at the wondrous variety of illustrators in the different volumes (including Dali).
Some of the books were crumbling as often seems to happen with the leather spines. As one opened when I lifted it what at first appeared to be a piece of silver paper slipped in between pages came into view.
The print from the book pages was transferred to parts of the paper and when tipped a certain way in the light I was sure I could make out the profile of a face (looking towards my fingers in this shot). In the next volume I found what appears to be the same photographic image which had not deteriorated and a number of other photos, many also fading in intriguing ways.
Also in the box were some beautifully decorated covers, sadly detaching themselves from the books.
Also in there was a bible published in 1806. Amazing to think this was created over two centuries ago. I wonder whose family it is from? I know my mum talks of our family bible left when her grandmother died and my grandparents had had to travel several counties to clear the house by bus so could carry very few possessions away with them only practical things the family needed. I wonder if that still survives somewhere today.
The Library has been gathering dust for a few weeks due to demands on my time but I hope to be able to update more regularly again. I finally have some ‘holiday’ time so I can get busy crafting. The rain is beating on my window so it’s not as if I can be tempted outside to enjoy any summer sun even if it is August 2nd.
After making 80 cards this morning I’ve been removing the covers from a large number of Penguin paperbacks gathered at the carboot over the last few weeks. These will become magnets, keyrings and hair adornments.
Quite a few of the books had notes on the inside covers and I’ve been imagining who owned these and what exams they might have been studying for. Here is one example.
Also amongst these volumes were paperbacks with newspaper cuttings inside. About the authors and the subject matter of the books these dated from the 1970s-1980s. I found it hard to part these books and put the unused articles and pages into the recycling. I’m such a natural hoarder I’m sure I’d have warehouses keeping these collections of books together if I were a millionaire. My practical head has to tell me these were bound for landfill if I didn’t repurpose them and this way someone will hopefully wear the little penguin logo in their hair, look at an image on their fridge or brighten up their keys.
I did stop to read a few of the articles and this made me want to learn more about the treasure discovered here.