Occasionally one of my home inspection Clients appreciates my work so much that s/he will send me a gift after escrow closes.
A gift I got several years ago was three volumes of “Messages and Papers of the Presidents” by James D. Richardson (1843-1914), copyright 1897. Richardson served in the Confederate States Army during the Civil War and was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, representing Tennessee, from 1885-1905.
The pages are in excellent shape, although yellowed on the edges. The bindings, however, are in very poor shape
Thus, I had never opened the volumes until yesterday.
Printed on tissue paper and inserted at the beginning of the first volume I opened (Vol. V) is this priceless gem:
How I miss the days when the captions for photographs were printed on tissue paper, as these books have.
I remember many of the books that my wise old grandmother had, had tissue paper picture captions in them. They were fragile, yet awesome.
I don’t know when such tissue paper captions ceased but I suspect it was shortly after World War II when the world took on a faster pace. My suspicion is derived from the fact that all of the books I have with tissue paper captions were published before the War.
Until yesterday, I never knew that each sheet of paper in a book is called a leaf, and the two sides of the leaf are called pages. It also took me a while to find the definition of start relevant to books. After much searching (which means I’m now behind in unpacking!), I found this definition way down in a list of definitions for start:
The fact that the definition was so far down the list probably indicates that the word it not used much anymore, if at all, to mean that.
My intent is to keep these books and eventually have the bindings restored. I have never done that before, so I might be in for some interesting times.
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