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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Midget Autobiography, anyone?

Reading a book from 1940, I came across a reference to an older book that, if nothing else, would qualify as an interesting oddity.

Memoirs of a Midget by Walter De La Mare is available from a number of booksellers, with the pre-1923 editions ranging in price from $2.00 to $125.00 U.S.

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Saturday, September 17, 2005

Cutlery is Cool

I wasn't searching for anything even remotely like this when it appeared in the results. It's just odd enough that I'm almost tempted to buy it just to read.

History of the Spoon, Knife & Fork by Reed, Barton, Dominick & Haff, 1930

A quick Google search shows that Reed & Barton and Dominick & Haff are silversmiths, and the book covers the history of cutlery, and demonstrates how the knife, fork and spoon are made.

It's a pamphlet, published in 1930, with no renewal record in the online databases, so if you've got a site about collectibles -- or cutlery collecting in general (yes, people actually do that. I didn't know until I started Googling!) -- this might be worth a second look, and perhaps payment for an official copyright search.

A less interesting sounding volume for the same market also comes up with no copyright renewal match: American Silversmiths and Their Marks

And as of this posting, the domain collectingcutlery.com is available. It isn't exactly a big market, but could be fun anyway.


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Posted by Public Domain Explorer at 10:13 PM
Edited on: Saturday, September 17, 2005 11:21 PM
Categories: Interesting Oddities