Monday, October 29, 2012

What does it Mean?

Oh, how I love estate sales - especially when I find stuff like this:


It's a Spanish-English dictionary for Venezuelans, copyright 1945!  The book itself is inherently cool, but its contents spilled forth more than just pages!  In fact, it's chock-full of really interesting finds!

I have to preface this by saying that I was in Kohler (Wisconsin) this weekend for the sale.  If the name Kohler sounds familiar, check your bathroom or kitchen - it's entirely possible that your sinks and/or toilet bear this name!  :D  The city is indeed named after the company's founders, and now the company itself, which is still headquartered there.  It's a fairly wealthy enclave (here's the house where the sale was) and I always got the impression that it is quite insulated - almost everyone knew everyone else at the sale.  Judging by the age of most of the patrons and the fact that this house was built in 1952, I believe that the owners were the first and only inhabitants of the home until now.

Now that you know where I was, this letter I found in the book will make a little more sense!  :D  It's from Conrad Kohler, Commercial Attache to the US Embassy in Venezuela, to Sen. Joseph McCarthy.  Yes, THAT Senator Joe McCarthy - I'm ashamed to say that he represented our fair state of Wisconsin.  A dark period in history indeed.

Anyway, the letter doesn't really seem to be about anything of major importance, but I LOVE that I own it! I actually have the letter and the duplicate.  It was written about a year and a half before McCarthy's Army-McCarthy hearings of 1954 and his subsequent censure, but it was during the big Communism scare.

I have MUCH more from this book - I tell you, it was chock full!  But I will wait until next Wednesday to talk more about it - beginning tomorrow, I'm beginning my week-long series of political ephemera!  Not to worry - it's ALL vintage and there will be no proselytizing!  :D


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