This Bible is very special to me. I found it tucked away in a dusty corner in the very back of an antique/flea market shop, sealed in a plastic bag. I bought it for four dollars if memory serves.
The Bible belonged to Tulis Young. He was born in Missouri on June 7th, 1919, to Douglas and Ora Bell Young. They had three children: Melba, Lawrence, and Tulis. On the 1920 census Mr. Young lists his occupation as “farmer.” In 1922, when Tulis was no older than three, his mother died. His sister passed away in 1951.
I couldn’t find when he joined the army, but he notes that he was baptized by a chaplain on January 24th, 1942, and the copyright in the bible is 1941.
The stubs of paper he used as bookmarks tell us a little about his life.
A ticket for a motel room dated February 23rd, 1977. He paid $9.
His father’s obituary. He passed in 1978.
Tulis married a woman named Mildred. She died November 17th, 1971 at the age of 51. They had no children. Tulis passed away November 14th, 2004. His brother, Lawrence, passed away in 2008.
Thank you, Mr. Young, for your service and sacrifice for this country. You are not forgotten.
Thank you, veterans, for your service, your sacrifice and dedication.
I have no idea why these obituaries were tucked away in the book “Laughing Matters: A Celebration of American Humor.” A bit morbid,if not macabre.
I’m certain,however, you will recognize at least one of the deceased.
Aunt Bee and Mr. Gailey both passed away December 6th, 1989.
In this 1957 paperback edition of Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms I found what looks like a love note and a class schedule.
“To Diane, My darling dear, I love you so, So lets make up and really go. This note contains a word of warning(?), so goodbye honey See you Wed. morn.”
“(1) Sat. 7-27- Circuit II. EE119b 8-10am. E214 (2) Mon. 7-29- Math 148 1-3pm E206 (3) Tues -7-30- Electronic- EE1506 1-3pm-E206 (4) Wed. 7-31-Therodynamics (sic) ME108 8-10am-E219”
I’m not sure what the word of warning is in the note; it sounds rather ominous! Perhaps I am reading it wrong? Let me know in the comments if you think it says something else.
I wonder what happened between the writer and Diane.
Ah, The Hobbit. One of my favorite books. This particular edition is a first printing from 1965 with an advertised price of just 95 cents. I picked it up from a thrift store for 50 cents (yay thrift stores!).
List of names and places.
The previous owner left two small pieces of paper tucked between pages 24 and 25. The front lists the names of places and people in the book. I apologize for the quality of the pictures. The writing is quite faint and in pencil, but I tried to brighten the pictures as best I could to provide contrast.
“Bilbo Baggins, smaller than Dwarves, no beards, fat in stomach, dress in bright colors, wear no shoes because their feet grow natural leathery soles and thick brown hair like the stuff on their heads. Eat 6 times a day. (Underneath) Gandalf, wandering wizard.”
The back of the top piece of paper lists a description of Bilbo Baggins, and adds another name to the cast of characters: “Gandalf, wandering wizard.”
What do you suppose the list and description was for? A book report perhaps?
I have to say The Hobbit is my favorite book by J. R. R. Tolkien. What’s yours?
I love all things Egyptian, with specific regards to ancient Egypt. The notion of dusty mummies and hieroglyphs may not be romantic to you, but I can’t get enough. I even own a copy of The Egyptian Book of the Dead. One of my favorite movies is The Mummy with Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz. Yes, I realize that movie is not accurate, but a librarian exploring Egypt, raising the dead, and reading while doing it certainly captures the imagination. I hate that they are remaking it, and with Tom Cruise no less.
The found object in today’s post is a postcard. I had to censor it slightly, as it depicts a woman brewing and filtering beer, and some might consider her topless.
I found the postcard in the book on the left. The back of the postcard reads, “Egyptian Museum-Cairo.” The tray you see in the picture on the right I acquired from an antique shop in Arkansas.
Do you have a fascination with a certain time or place in history? Let me know in the comments or on my Facebook page!
Have you ever found a lost treasure in a book? An inscription, a bookmark, or perhaps a pressed flower? I decided to start a series called “Found Friday” to document all the things I have found in books. Today, I’m sharing a sweet note from a granddaughter to her grandmother inscribed in December of 1994 on the flyleaf of Leaving Cold Sassy by Olive Ann Burns.
I fell in love with literature at a very young age. Perhaps it is something passed down from generation to generation.
So many stories have touched me in so many ways. I laugh, cry, mourn, and rejoice with countless characters-stories touch the soul. They touch people. I think it’s odd that the two of us, grandmother and granddaughter, never realized how alike we were until now. I feel books and stories served as our bridge-allowing our lives to touch in a personal and private way.
I so wish to be a writer someday-to see my own stories in print in bookstores. But more so to touch people as so many writers have me. And as you have.
You are an inspiration to me Grandma. Your spirit and soul so strong. When I’m a grandmother, I want to be just like you-
P. S. The story of Olive Ann Burns is as good as the book!”
I hope Cathy followed her dream.