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.
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.
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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
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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 –
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.
Please visit! Peter
Here’s a peep show of some Boston items we’ll exhibit:
Click here to read Catalog 249.
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 –
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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 –
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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
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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 –
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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
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