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  • It's Been a Busy Three Months - 22 Nov 12

    Thu, 22 Nov 2012 06:09:32 Permalink
    Its been a number of weeks since I last posted anything, but that isnt because nothing has been going on around here.  Rather, its been just the opposite.  First, after running the Marine Corps General Alfred M. Gray Research Center for the last fifteen of years and totaling over almost forty years of combined military and civilian service, I decided to retire.  It was surprising how time-consuming the retirement process was; not all that difficult, but it did require a considerable amount of information to be gathered, telephone calls to be made, accounts to be transferred, forms to be filled, Read More
  • Getting Ready for Charm City - 21 Aug 12

    Tue, 21 Aug 2012 08:32:58 Permalink
    Ive spent the past couple of evenings getting ready for the big Baltimore antique show and book fair (it has nearly 600 dealers including fifty or so booksellers) that will kick off this coming Thursday and run through Sunday at the Baltimore Convention Center at the Inner Harbor. I probably dont dislike this show as much as some booksellers, but its not a show that I enjoy doing because the booth and lodging fees are relatively expensive, load-in and especially load-out is often a real pain, the white carpet is sacrosanct when it comes to dollies, I have to take leave Read More
  • Maps at the Beach - 14 August 2012

    Tue, 14 Aug 2012 07:47:58 Permalink
    This past weekend, I set up a booth at the Virginia Beach Antiques Show, which is held each August at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.    I like doing this show because its not too far away, I lived there for almost all of the 1990s and its nice to go back, its easy to move in and out, and the sales are usually very good.   We stay at one of the few remaining, small, family-owned hotels right on the beach, and a couple of my granddaughters come a long to enjoy the weekend. The girls like to help set up Read More
  • Market Warriors in DC - 24 July 2012

    Wed, 25 Jul 2012 05:21:14 Permalink
    This past weekend I set up a booth at the DC Big Flea Market held at the Dulles Expo Center.  The name is a little bit deceiving as since it first started over fifteen years ago, this DAmore Promotions' show has grown from rather humble 'flea-markety' beginnings into the Mid-Atlantics Largest Antique Event with a significant number vendors offering rather up-scale merchandise.  I do the showsthere are six of them held each year in alternating monthsbecause they are near-by, the booth rent is quite reasonable, and the promoters bring in thousands of shoppers rain, shine, or snow and whether or not Read More
  • What Do You Get When You Cross a Book with a Meccano? - 18 July 2012

    Wed, 25 Jul 2012 03:55:11 Permalink
    What do you get when you cross a book with a Meccano?  The answer, of course, is a Bookano.  Perhaps, though, this begs two questions.  First, What is a Meccano?If you are from anywhere in the world other than the U.S., you probably know about Mecanno boxed sets of interchangeable sheet metal pieces, bolts, nuts, gears, pulleys, etc. that can be used to created an infinite number of mechanical toys.  If youre from the U.S., think of the old Erector Sets that were sold by A. C. Gilbert; they are basically the same.  In fact, I think the same Japanese Read More
  • Market Warriors in DC - 24 July 2012

    Wed, 25 Jul 2012 03:54:59 Permalink
    This past weekend I set up a booth at the DC Big Flea Market held at the Dulles Expo Center.  The name is a little bit deceiving as since it first started over fifteen years ago, this DAmore Promotions' show has grown from rather humble 'flea-markety' beginnings into the Mid-Atlantics Largest Antique Event with a significant number vendors offering rather up-scale merchandise.  I do the showsthere are six of them held each year in alternating monthsbecause they are near-by, the booth rent is quite reasonable, and the promoters bring in thousands of shoppers rain, shine, or snow and whether or not Read More
  • Market Warriors in DC - 24 July 2012

    Tue, 24 Jul 2012 10:28:54 Permalink
    This past weekend I set up a booth at the DC Big Flea Market held at the Dulles Expo Center.  The name is a little bit deceiving as since it first started over fifteen years ago, this DAmore Promotions' show has grown from rather humble flea-markety beginnings into the Mid-Atlantics Largest Antique Event with a significant number vendors offering rather up-scale merchandise.  I do the showsthere are six of them held each year in alternating monthsbecause they are near-by, the booth rent is quite reasonable, and the promoters bring in thousands of shoppers rain, shine, or snow and whether or not Read More
  • A Year in the Life of Two Turn-of-the-Century Teenagers - 6 July 2012

    Tue, 24 Jul 2012 09:20:38 Permalink
    I spent last weekend visiting the Pennsylvania antique "extravaganzas" at Kutztown and Adamstown as well as browsing through antique malls along the way.  And . . . it was a fairly productive trip.  Although, I only picked up a single book, I did find some nice ephemera like a piece of 1870s Santa Claus sheet music and a small lot of Long-Cut tobacco cards featuring photographs of 1880s actresses (including a couple of Lillian Russel and others who are rather scantily clad).However, my favorite finds of the trip are two illustrated diaries penned by a brother and sister in 1907.  Read More
  • What Do You Get When You Cross a Book with a Meccano? - 18 July 2012

    Tue, 24 Jul 2012 09:20:15 Permalink
    What do you get when you cross a book with a Meccano?  The answer, of course, is a Bookano.  Perhaps, though, this begs two questions.  First, What is a Meccano?If you are from anywhere in the world other than the U.S., you probably know about Mecanno boxed sets of interchangeable sheet metal pieces, bolts, nuts, gears, pulleys, etc. that can be used to created an infinite number of mechanical toys.  If youre from the U.S., think of the old Erector Sets that were sold by A. C. Gilbert; they are basically the same.  In fact, I think the same Japanese Read More
  • You Never Know When Something Good Might Show Up - 27 Jun 12

    Thu, 19 Jul 2012 12:28:48 Permalink
    I was recently at a stamp show, NAPEX 2012 at the Hilton McLean-Tysons Corner in Northern Virginia, looking for advertising covers and billheads in the bourse when I struck up a conversation with a nearby gentleman. It turned out that he dabbled in militaria, and he mentioned that he had a Civil War ships journal.  When I asked if he was interested in selling it, he told me that he happened to have it with him as well as another ship's log from the early 1800s.  We struck a deal on the spot.  One of the volumes was a partially printed Read More
  • Let Me Introduce Myself - 20 Jun 12

    Thu, 19 Jul 2012 01:11:08 Permalink
    My name is Kurt Sanftleben, and I am a part-time bookseller.  I'm a member of the Independent On-Line Booksellers Association (IOBA), the Virginia Antiquarian Booksellers Association (VABA), the Washington Antiquarian Booksellers Association (WABA), the American Philatelic Society (APS), and the Ephemera Society of America (ESA).  I often get asked if ReadEm Again Books has a "specialty." The truth is that there really isnt one. I buy and sell things I like. That includes hard-to-find find titles in childrens series, photoplays, fairy tales, illustrated books, pop-ups and moveable books, scouting items, and unusual or hard to find non-fiction, especially baseball and other Read More
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