Friday, March 23, 2012

Book Sale Finds!

Oh for goodness' sake!  What a week!  I've been so busy that I totally forgot about my wonderful book outing last Friday - I came back with quite a haul.  :D

I LOVE our annual AAUW book sale!  It's an amazing event.  It's so large, the organization has to hold it in the Cow Palace at our fairgrounds (does anyone besides me think that the term "Cow Palace" is hysterical?).  I believe this was the 51st annual sale.  Our insanely warm weather (July temps in March!) made it even more enjoyable than usual - no coat or gloves to haul around!

You may recall last year's post about this sale and my fantastic finds, and this year was just as lucrative. To me, the best part of the sale is in the searching.  You never know what you're going to find!  In the past, the AAUW sale was always my go-to place for foreign textbooks.  This year?  Not so much.  No, this year seemed to be more about science-y books, like this one here:

It's from 1966, and I bought it mainly for the groovy illustrations, like the one pictured to the right.  I love all of them in the book and it made me realize how much I've missed doing surreal collages (note to self:  Then do some!).

Another science-related text is this How and Why Conclusions, which has no date but I'm going to take an educated guess that it's from the early 50s.  It contains hundreds of marvelous illustrations that no doubt will be used in my work.  And, it was only 2 bucks!  :D

How about this "Wiring Simplified" booklet?  Not only did I get the booklet, but a bonus JC Penney price tag on the front!  It's 38 years old (1974) and is loaded with oodles of schematics.  I adore schematics - I have no idea what they mean, but their linear quality really appeals to me (check out this post for a schematic-themed piece I created).

One of the most unusual books I found - for a quarter, mind you - is this book called The 26 Letters.  It's a very comprehensive book about this history of our alphabet, complete with multiple fonts at the end.  And oh yes - I WILL be cutting this up.  It's too good not to!

Last, but not least - how could I leave the book sale without picking up a few vintage National Geographics?  Most were from the 70s and 80s but my keen nose sniffed out a few of the issues from the 50s.  They are wonderful, as always.  :D

I'm already looking forward to next year's sale!


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    1. Thanks Kristi! It's one of my favorite things to do in Fondy - you should come up next year! :D