It's been entirely too long since I dedicated a post to one of my antiques. Antiquing is a huge part of who I am and returning to sharing more of that on this blog is necessary.
I've mentioned before that one of my favorite things about collecting antiques is that I feel like I'm inheriting something. If someone passed away or donated their things, I'm claiming a piece of their history and the item's own journey becomes intertwined with mine until it goes to it's next owner. I love finding pieces that still have some trace of where they came from. Books make up a huge portion of my antique collection and I'm always happy to find inscriptions or little doodles in them. This book had much more than that when I found it!
Technically, the 1948 copyright indicates that this is a vintage book and not a literal antique but...we'll keep that between us. This book is enough of a treasure on it's own but it wasn't alone while it was waiting for me to scoop it up from The Book Escape and give it a new home!
I was thrilled to see that some paperwork had remained tucked in the book's cover! I've learned, from these little clues, that the previous owner or one of them was a teacher who belonged to a book club and that this book came all the way from Montana! The "teacher's contract" that is amongst the other bits and pieces is dated 1949 - so cool! I've blurred out last names and his address, out of respect.
This little touch of history makes this book all the more special to me. I leave the papers in the book, on one of my bookshelves for safe keeping. I like to think that I'm preserving a moment in time.