Another First Tuesday, Another Stack from the Scrapheap of History!


We’ll be exhibiting 15 fresh scraps for sale starting Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at noon in our booth at Getman’s Virtual Book & Paper Fair.
We hope you’ll visit.
Peter

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Selling score of screened scraps in viral virtual book and paper fair!


Dear Friends,
We’ve gone virtual!
We’ll have a booth in Getman’s Virtual Book & Paper Fair, which opens Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at noon.
We’re featuring some interesting historical scraps which have been in residence awaiting an opportunity to offer a visual presentation.
Please visit!

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Catalog 251 . . . The Waiting Rooms . . .

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well, file last updated 2/4 – life is different – positive is bad and negative is good – social distance healthy, self quarantine & masked faces neighborly – toilet paper & sanitizers scarce – ditto pasta – vocabulary au courant: pandemic, epidemiologist, mitigation, containment, respirator, ventilator – school online, non-essential business closed – nearby stop & shop has not had line, but instituted one-way aisles – liquor store sign: redemption closed until further notice – where we redeem cans & bottles for deposit money – montague post office has duct tape dotted line six feet from counter & see-through sneeze screen – may miss lap swimming at Hampshire athletic club most of all – been jogging or biking daily for bit of sun, fresh air & exercise – boston a ‘hot spot’ thanks to biogen conference – two hours west things very different – not so disadvantaged by population density, but duly diligent – few nursing home outbreaks – Holyoke veterans home made the news – few observant groups gather on montague common daily – singing, stretching, safely socializing – usually active church & grange not so much – masis had zoom easter – new skill for yours truly – zach is three hours west of nyc – low population density, better air & respiratory health, surge-free so far – Guthrie eliminated non-essential procedures & interventional radiology largely idled – but more able to test now & starting to resume treatments – polarization might seem a plus but only gotten moreso & amplified to cop current buzzword & entertainment value dare-i-say trumped & field day for fakes & sending serious consequences – burned the last of 4 cords of firewood early april – weather’s continued cold, windy, raw – some blue skies but frosty nights – spring bulbs & flowering trees in bloom – few lingering snow flurries – eating Yukon gold potatoes from last summer, canned tomatoes, plenty of pesto from freezer – rototilled garden, planted peas, potatoes, mesclun mixes, carrots, beets, turnips, onions – early march nyc book fairs proved to be swan song for show scene – all since canceled – future’s bewildering blank at moment – summer & fall calendars populated with some annual events – all subject to change – meanwhile there’s plenty here to catalog & managed to motivate & assemble what follows – pamphlet parade primarily – many usual subject suspects – few quirks & outliers – sent with my best wishes for your wellness & hopes for continued collaborations – at your service – peter

cover: item 121

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Catalog 250! Our Quarter-millennial effort!

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well, file last updated 10/19 – fast forward 4 months – hello 2020 – imagine – garden wrapped rapidly – modest crop butternut squash & hardy greens – squash, potato & onion stores, frozen & canned veggies inform menu – hello frosty nights & heating season – woodstove-centric life – firewood stacks much shortened – chimney required second cleaning – another record year for trick-or-treaters – apple season ran late & last apple crisp of cortlands just finished – spent November weekend visiting zach in corning exploring southern tier – few major food fest holidays – got slightly downsized precut Christmas tree with edie – last year’s cut-your-own place closed – days got shorter, now getting longer – few respectable snowstorms provided good cross-country ski conditions – been exploring nearby montague plains – zach visited early 2020 for few days – hiked Wendell state forest & skied plains – snow cover disappeared with recent rains – fall show season sidetracked catalog production – had not set aside material, but 250 bit of milestone, so scratched about & sifted through big backlog for suitable selections – enhanced usual oddments with some more special – filled regular page count – time to click ‘send’ – with best wishes for new year & hopes you’ll find items of interest – at your service –

peter

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Boston Book, Print & Ephemera Show, Saturday, November 16th

From Bryant & Stratton Commercial School, Boston, 44th Year Book, 1904-5, $25


Dear Friends,
We’ll be exhibiting at the Boston Book, Print & Ephemera Show, November 16, 2019, 8 am – 4 pm, Back Bay Events Center, 180 Berkeley Street, Boston, in Booth A 107.

For a list of some items we’ll be exhibiting, click here.

Click here for more information about the show.

Please visit! Peter

Here’s a peep show of some Boston items we’ll exhibit:

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Watch Your Step! Catalog 249

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well, file last updated 7/17 – fast forward 2 months – hair returns – days diminish – weather variety pack – sunny & warm today – some cool nights, but no frost yet – 4 cords wood stacked – some twice after stack toppled – none burned yet – usual high adventure in garden – peppers & eggplants failed to thrive – good crop romano beans – enough basil for plenty pesto – zucchini, crookneck squash & cucumbers rocked some then caved to powdery mildew – escarole behaved well – tomatoes sported two blights – sad to watch – crop sufficient for favorites – sandwich, fresh salsa, gazpacho, tomato-basil sauce, cherry tomatoes for salads – fruit developed black bruising – pared & stewed & canned – kept beds of salad greens going – dug decent crop Yukon gold potatoes – kale, chard, collards persevere – picked blueberries few times at kenburn on Mohawk trail – macintoshes at clarkdale in greenfield – zach’s begun interventional radiology work at Guthrie medical in sayre, pa – initial reports very positive – celebrated 66th with edie at great wall restaurant in Florence – august papermania here & gone & fall shows approach – recent efforts mostly pamphlets – meanwhile books abounded – herein focus on books – mixed bag of recent acquisitions – usual & some creative categories – largest gathering from university of Massachusetts professor Harold mosher – architecture, landscape design, many of his from landscape architect paul whitney rhoades – at your service –

peter

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Melting Pot of Pamphlets . . . . Catalog 248, August, 2019

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well, file last updated 5/1 – it’s summer – shaved off winter hat – fans & dehumidifiers humming – garden mostly planted – finally acquired & installed solar electric ‘border wall’ to exclude unwanted herbivores – snow peas exceeded 7’ bamboo stakes, folded & headed back south – big crop – plenty of rhubarb – few beds of salad greens, beets & turnips – picked first zucchini – tomatoes, summer squash, green beans, cucumbers, kale, collards, escarole running late – tried peppers & eggplants in sector with suboptimal soil & they’re not happy about it – picked strawberries at warner farm in sunderland – spent weekend visiting zach in Gainesville – hiked, biked, kayaked – saw alligators, armadillos, limpkins, herons, egrets, palms, live oaks, spanish moss, ate collards, okra, sweet potato, pecan, barbecue & local brew – his fellowship ended – just helped him move into rented house in corning, ny – work at Guthrie medical as interventional radiologist begins august 1 – visited edie for june birthday – owl pen open for season – constant threat of backlog escalation on homefront with everybody downsizing & ditching & dying – herein modest effort to reverse flow – heavy on pamphlets – strove for diversity of subject matter – we eagerly await your verdict – at your service –
peter

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More Masi Miscellany . . . .

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well, spring fair season derailed catalog production – Greenwich, Boxboro, Allentown – sold some, bought more, survived – firewood gone but heating season lingered – spring raw & rainy – almost too cool to shave winter hair hat – green grass, trees, spring flowers race along: crocus, daffodil, tulip, hyacinth bring on irises, poppies, grey skies, cold nights, cool days – montague may day festivities put on best face – garden tilled, peas, onions, lettuce & other salad greens planted – spinach started – hauling manure from mt toby farm – easter excursion to masi Amesbury branch with edie – zach facing final month of Gainesville fellowship – interventional radiology post at Guthrie medical in sayre, Pennsylvania begins august – bookseller dad visited for whirlwind weekend of nature hikes, biking, kayaking, alligator, armadillo, egret, limpkin, heron, palm, live oak, spanish moss, collards, okra, sweet potato, pecan, barbecue & local brew –
herein we offer mostly more pamphlets – many usual categories – second installments of atom bomb, national parks, nuclear power, prohibition – other odds & sods – hoping to resume rapid catalog production to alleviate backlog of acquisitions here – stay tuned – meanwhile, at your service – peter

cover: item 14

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Peck of Pamphlets! Paper Parade! Catalog 246, March, 2019

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well, file last updated nineteen days ago – non-stop forced marches – not much news – winter plods, days lengthen – few small doses snow – few days cross-country skiing on montague plains – consuming firewood – plethora of pamphlets prior to spring fairs – ephemera 39, march 16-7, hyatt regency, old Greenwich – Boxboro paper show, april 6, Boxboro regency hotel – Allentown paper show, april 27-8 –
herein you’ll find many of our usual categories – some we’ve stockpiled – atom bomb, citizenship, immigration, juvenile, national parks, nuclear power, prohibition – have a look –
at your service –
peter
cover: item 100

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Making the world safe for democracy! Catalog 245 – World War I

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well, file last updated November 7 – it’s February 3, 2019 – super bowl’s on but business as usual chez masibook – holiday hurdles cleared – thanksgiving & Christmas with masi clan – xmas tree decorating & new year’s eve with edie – cut tree across river at somewhat overgrown farm tended by lonely geezer who went uber-chatty & had many trips to mass general for surgery to describe – it was a nice tree – brief visit from zach in between – hauled some firewood to second floor & climbed sugarloaf mountain – his fellowship in Gainesville ends june & he’s signed contract with Guthrie medical center in sayre, pa starting august – mixed bag of a winter – warm & wet or cold & dry – more rain than snow & only 2 days to cross-country ski – burning firewood at good clip – survived papermania & scrambling to issue catalogs prior to spring fair season –

well, herein you’ll find a special subject-oriented collection of pamphlets, books & ephemera relating to world war I – i’ve been segregating these items for many years – it seemed timely, but missed anniversary bandwagon – call it early for 200th anniversary – it’s diverse – much propaganda, mostly british to encourage American support – some pro-german, anti-war, pacifist – military aviation, engineering, medicine, paperwork – school & business participation – food – fiction, humor, juvenile, music, poetry, theatre – broadsides, letters, periodicals, postcards – American red cross, Y.M.C.A. & knights of Columbus services – mendicant veteran booklets – Belgium, France, Italy, Ireland, Romania, Russia, Serbia – much Massachusetts, bits from Connecticut, Georgia, maine, new Hampshire, new jersey, new York – nursing & women – economics, finance – armistice & League of Nations – have a look – at your service – peter

cover: item 131

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