It was, as I have said, a fine autumnal day; the sky was clear and serene, and nature wore that rich and golden livery which we always associate with the idea of abundance. The forests had put on their sober brown and yellow, while some trees of the tenderer kind had been nipped by the frosts into brilliant dyes of orange, purple, and scarlet.... As Ichabod jogged slowly on his way, his eye... ranged with delight over the treasures of jolly autumn. ~Washington Irving, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Two books and a Clipboard
I was thinking that I have been "puppydogging" all of you to death lately, so today will be a "no puppy" picture day.
Yesterday I had some errands to do in town. I have been looking for an old Johnson Bros. bread&butter plate for a friend ,so I stopped by the thrift stores in town to see if I could get lucky and find one before it got to an antique store and the price quadrupled. No luck with the plate but I did find a few cool things.
The Elbe clipboard is in perfect condition. I may just keep it for it's intended purpose or I may "alter" it. The Masonite board is dark and very beautiful, no chips or marks, and the clip works great. I don't know why but I LOVE CLIPBOARDS. Call me crazy. They are so useful and some old ones are really beautiful. This one was $1.50.
This book was in it's third printing in 1946; the year they made the movie with Gregory Peck and Jennifer Jones. It's a Forum Book Motion Picture Adition( Yes, that's how they spelled "addition".). I can't wait to read it and compare it to the movie ,to see if they did right by Niven Busch's book. The book doesn't open with the same words as the movie.... Do you remember?...
"Deep among the lonely sun-baked hills of Texas, the great and weather beaten stone still stands. The Comanches call it 'Squaw's Head Rock.' Time cannot change its impassive face nor dim the legend of the wild young lovers who found heaven, and hell, in the shadows of the rock. For when the sun is low and the cold wind blows across the desert, there are those who still speak of Pearl Chavez, the half-breed girl from down along the border, and of the laughing outlaw with whom she had kept a final rendezvous, never to be seen again. And this is what the legend says:'A flower, known nowhere else, grows from out of the desperate crags where Pearl vanished...Pearl, who was herself a wild flower, sprung from the hard clay, quick to blossom...and early to die."
Oh it's all so romantic and tragic. I love stories like this.
The other book is by one of my favorite poets. This book is older than me (being published in 1941) and in better shape. It's not antique but it's definitely VINTAGE. Ogden Nash was a very cleaver and funny poet who told folks things that they didn't want to hear in a way that made them listen and laugh. He made up words so they would rhyme and he wrote silly two line poems that , I thought, were hysterical.
"God in his wisdom made the fly
And then forgot to tell us why."
This was a man who said "Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker." I would like to have met Mr. Nash. I have to imagine that he was as funny, in person, as he was with his verse. If you need a good laugh, buy yourself one of his books of poetry. It will make your day.
Both of these books cost me $2.00. I'll keep looking for the plate but I thought this was an inexpensive and successful trip to the thrift store. What do you think?