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  • What were they thinking?

    Thu, 14 Nov 2013 09:58:10 Permalink
      Occasionally, a book comes along that just makes you go “Huh?” I’ve got one like that now. It is the German languagePraktisches Kochbuch fr die Deutschen in Amerika, (second American edition) by HenrietteDavidis, published circa 1897 by Geo. Brumder … Continue reading → Read More
  • Minoci

    Sat, 09 Nov 2013 07:53:24 Permalink
    What do the Field Museum of Natural History and I have in common? We both own a copy of The Natural History of the Minocki of the Lakeland Region of Wisconsin, by Professor Richard C. Schneider (self published, 1980). I … Continue reading → Read More
  • Never mock a Minoc!

    Sat, 09 Nov 2013 07:53:24 Permalink
    What do the Field Museum of Natural History and I have in common? We both own a copy of The Natural History of the Minocki of the Lakeland Region of Wisconsin, by Professor Richard C. Schneider (self published, 1980). I … Continue reading → Read More
  • Never mock a Minoc! (It hurts their feelings)

    Sat, 09 Nov 2013 07:53:24 Permalink
    What do the Field Museum of Natural History and I have in common? We both own a copy of The Natural History of the Minocki of the Lakeland Region of Wisconsin, by Professor Richard C. Schneider (self published, 1980). I … Continue reading → Read More
  • Strange bedfellows, or Everything old is new again

    Sun, 04 Aug 2013 12:01:47 Permalink
    I always have my eye out for unusual books about Milwaukee history, and History of the Social Democratic Party of Milwaukee: 1897-1910 by Marvin Wachman (University of Illinois Press, Urban, Illinois, 1945) seemed to fit the bill. I don’t have … Continue reading → Read More
  • On saying good-bye to my books

    Sun, 07 Jul 2013 10:37:30 Permalink
    No doubt all booksellers come to a point when they reconsider their business models. Ifthe modelhas been working well,it may be tweaked. If it hasn’t, it may be drastically modified or even abandoned. I find myself at that stage now, … Continue reading → Read More
  • Autumn Meditation – a poem in terza rima form

    Fri, 26 Oct 2012 07:03:45 Permalink
    I’ve been wanting for years to capture the way I feel when I look at autumn foliage, and I’ve finally approached it with an old rhyme form: terza rima. Dante used it to write The Divine Comedy, and much latter, … Continue reading → Read More
  • On the things we leave in books

    Sun, 13 May 2012 09:24:54 Permalink
    The odd looking illustration for this article is a index card I found in one of my book purchases. Some frugal bookseller made the front and back of a singleindex card do for four books, with an equally efficient swirl … Continue reading → Read More
  • The merchant spam detector

    Thu, 03 May 2012 01:11:18 Permalink
    A book seller, just like anyone else with an email address, gets lots of spam. While wecan beas skeptical as the next guy (or gal), we often have an added reluctance to discount an email addressed to the business because … Continue reading → Read More
  • On the Delights of Obsession

    Thu, 12 Apr 2012 07:48:30 Permalink
    One thing most booksellers learn early on is that specificity sells. It may not sell quickly, but when you have something that’s so detailed and esoteric that ninety-nine percent of the population couldn’t care less, that remaining one percent will … Continue reading → Read More
  • Training vs Breaking – An old teaching a dog book

    Thu, 09 Feb 2012 10:46:33 Permalink
    Practical Dog Training; or Training vs. Breaking, by S.T. Hammond. (New York: Forest and Stream. 1892.) I can’t remember exactly when I bought this little book — probably 35 years ago.I do remember where I bought it: at the Renaissance … Continue reading → Read More
  • What ever happened to St. Matthews?

    Sun, 25 Dec 2011 11:53:51 Permalink
    Just over one hundered and two years ago, the community of St. Matthews Evangelical Lutheran church published a booklet commemorating their newly built church and its consecration on December 19, 1909. The church was located on the corner of 10th … Continue reading → Read More
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