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This week’s bookshelf find I borrowed from the lovely blog The Silver Lining.  These images are from a 1923 french geometry primer for kids, Géométrie.  To oogle more of these beauties visit the flickr set here.

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The Life Science Library is an amazing series for those interested in how/why stuff works and the infinite coolness of how 1963 explains it.  This one is on matter.  All sorts.  These are some of the pretty pictures.  For the how/why I’m afraid you’ll have to hunt it down yourself.  


The Gravity of a drink.




Matter’s well set table.

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Happy Wednesday!  Today, I am in a rush to get up to my studio and am therefore going to lean on my favorite go-to graphic gurus, grain edit, for the book pic of the week.  Second Homes For Leisure Living presented by the Douglas Fir Plywood Association is a booklet that I sadly don’t own and deeply covet.  It is going to get added to my hunter’s list for sure.  Just as many details from these awesome Mid Century (re)treats are going on my dream house list (like the deer for instance…).     


I’m afraid I have to be super lazy today and just post pictures.  (This will not become a habit I promise!) For all the publisher, architect, & illustrator info, please head over to grain edit’s post.  While you’re there look around awhile.  I guarantee you’ll like what you see!  Dave Cuzner runs a tight ship loaded up with oodles of loveliness.  (He is going to be sharing a bit of himself with us soon for my ‘Meet the Maker’ interview series. Can’t wait!) 


via grain edit

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When I went hunting through my bookshelf this morning to find today’s Bookshelf Bonanza, I came across these beauties.  I bought them at a flea market last year, put them between two books to keep them flat, and then promptly forgot about them.  I was very ‘wahoo’ when I found them all tucked in there.  All from the late 60’s, I have no idea what records (45’s) these sleeves held, but if they were anywhere as cool as their ‘outfit’ graphics, they were some sweet sweet sounds.


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rocks-n-mineralsIllustrated by Raymond Perlman, this 1957 Golden Press gem about, well, gems is pocket book perfection.  More Mid-Century bling than you can shake a stick at.


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This is one of my favorite books in my collection.  Not because it’s the prettiest, but because of what it represents.  Houseboat, written by Ben Dennis & Betsy Case in 1977, is about people choosing to make life an adventure.  As it should be.  I love the idea of living on water, being as close to it as possible (of course hopefully you have a sound vessel and don’t end up too close to it, aka, IN it). Do you think we could get away with this style of building now?  I’m not versed in water dwelling building codes, but boy do I hope that I could put a wood burning fire place in my floating wood abode, next to other wood abodes if I darn well wanted to.  Yum.  



Be sure to check back this afternoon for the weekly installment of our ‘Meet the Maker’ interview series with Lauren Smith & Derek Fagerstrom, DIY crafters extraordinaire & owners of The Curiosity Shoppe in San Francisco.  They are inspiring in so many ways, you won’t want to miss it!

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This weeks’ bookshelf offering is Book 1 of a Leland Publishing Co. 16 book series on gardening titled, ‘John Bradshaw’s Complete Guide to Better Gardening: All About Lawns’.  Published in 1961 this volume dishes up all sorts of dated tidbits on how to maintain a heavy fertilizer inspired yardscape that would make even the Jones’ green with envy.  The illustrator is Robert A. Fattori, and like so many of my other great bookshelf artists, I was unable to find out anything else about him.  As I continue my quest for Better Gardening volumes 2-16, I’ll keep digging.


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