A completed page by an unknown child from Language Helps, published by Webster in 1926.

A completed page by an unknown child from Language Helps, published by Webster in 1926.

From Language Helps, published by Webster in 1926.

From Language Helps, published by Webster in 1926.

Language Helps, published by Webster in 1926. Another sweet paper find from the flea market yesterday. This one is jammed with great illustrations and I’ll be sure to post more. Also every page is written on or colored in by the child that used it, which adds another layer of charm.

Language Helps, published by Webster in 1926. Another sweet paper find from the flea market yesterday. This one is jammed with great illustrations and I’ll be sure to post more. Also every page is written on or colored in by the child that used it, which adds another layer of charm.

A sampling of a song writer’s rhyming dictionary that is included within the booklet “How to Write, How to Sell Songs” by Gene Brooks, published by The Belmont Press in Nashville, Tennessee, 1961.

A sampling of a song writer’s rhyming dictionary that is included within the booklet How to Write, How to Sell Songs” by Gene Brooks, published by The Belmont Press in Nashville, Tennessee, 1961.

The flip-side of what seems to be an undated promotional item for The Coffee Pot in Williams, Arizona, which is billed as a gateway to the Grand Canyon. Coffee is indeed the best of foods. No question there.

The flip-side of what seems to be an undated promotional item for The Coffee Pot in Williams, Arizona, which is billed as a gateway to the Grand Canyon. Coffee is indeed the best of foods. No question there.

"Hospital in the Backwoods", a small photo-booklet about Sanatorio Primavera in the backwoods of Paraguay. Undated. This appears to have been published by Woodcrest Service Committee in Farmington, PA.

"Hospital in the Backwoods", a small photo-booklet about Sanatorio Primavera in the backwoods of Paraguay. Undated. This appears to have been published by Woodcrest Service Committee in Farmington, PA.

"Songs We Know" - an undated booklet published by Smith’s Motor Boat Service.

"Songs We Know" - an undated booklet published by Smith’s Motor Boat Service.

An illustration from the back cover of an undated booklet titled “Hungarian Specialities” published by IBUSZ in Budapest. Graphics are credited to Ervin Ágas.

An illustration from the back cover of an undated booklet titled “Hungarian Specialities” published by IBUSZ in Budapest. Graphics are credited to Ervin Ágas.

A diagram, published by the West Coast Lumbermen’s Association in Portland, Oregon, showing the lumber contents of a Douglas Fir log. Undated.

A diagram, published by the West Coast Lumbermen’s Association in Portland, Oregon, showing the lumber contents of a Douglas Fir log. Undated.

From the flea market in Rosemont, IL this morning. This is a magical collection of items arranged in a perfectly harmonious balance with the universe. The woman that set these things out for sale is an artist. Buy all four objects together and I’m pretty sure that you could use them to build a time machine.

From the flea market in Rosemont, IL this morning. This is a magical collection of items arranged in a perfectly harmonious balance with the universe. The woman that set these things out for sale is an artist. Buy all four objects together and I’m pretty sure that you could use them to build a time machine.

From the flea market in Rosemont, IL this morning. A horrible combination of ideas: the crappy plastic spawn of Halloween, pumpkins, and football. Why?

From the flea market in Rosemont, IL this morning. A horrible combination of ideas: the crappy plastic spawn of Halloween, pumpkins, and football. Why?

Dial ‘H’ for Hotdog. From the flea market in Rosemont, IL this morning. The old man selling this stuff also sells at Swap-O-Rama and is one of my favorite vendors. Incredibly cheery guy. Nonetheless, I did not purchase any of this crap. The hot dog could probably be cut in half and turned into a wonderful coffin!

Dial ‘H’ for Hotdog. From the flea market in Rosemont, IL this morning. The old man selling this stuff also sells at Swap-O-Rama and is one of my favorite vendors. Incredibly cheery guy. Nonetheless, I did not purchase any of this crap. The hot dog could probably be cut in half and turned into a wonderful coffin!

From the flea market in Rosemont, IL this morning. If the elegant woman in this painting was still alive, I can only imagine how pissed off she’d be to find her portrait propped up against a van in a parking lot, placed at the end of a long row of cheap plastic tubs and folding tables.

From the flea market in Rosemont, IL this morning. If the elegant woman in this painting was still alive, I can only imagine how pissed off she’d be to find her portrait propped up against a van in a parking lot, placed at the end of a long row of cheap plastic tubs and folding tables.

A page from a Gretsch guitar and amplifier catalog, from Brooklyn, NY and Chicago, IL, published in 1968.

A page from a Gretsch guitar and amplifier catalog, from Brooklyn, NY and Chicago, IL, published in 1968.



A White Falcon Hollow Body Electric guitar scanned from a Gretsch guitar and amplifier catalog, from Brooklyn, NY and Chicago, IL, published in 1968. More photos from this beautiful catalog to come.

A White Falcon Hollow Body Electric guitar scanned from a Gretsch guitar and amplifier catalog, from Brooklyn, NY and Chicago, IL, published in 1968. More photos from this beautiful catalog to come.