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"New" old books

My ex parents-in-law are moving home and I'm helping out with things as there's still a deep friendship and respect between us, although we're ex's, they will always share some DNA with my son so I'll always look out for them with much love.
Anyway, they were going to throw an almost lifetime collection of books they've built up before moving to the new smaller home. I couldn't believe it, I've never thrown a book in my life. Passed on to another person or given to a charity shop, yes, but thrown, never!

I am now the proud owner of a few hundred "new" old books. Some from as far back as the 1920's which are really interesting, plus some 1980's educational school books which are funny, if only because of the strong analogue link with all the topics.
My favourite place at University was always the library (OK, the student uni bar was on a par perhaps), but the smell of books, and the knowledge all around (in a tangiable printed media form) at the reach of my fingers, always attracted me in an almost sacred cathederal type of way.

I'm loving my new piles of books now. I'll scan through and give the ones that do not interest me to the local charity shops, but the rest will be thumbed through in time.

When I consider the Is print dying? topic, my answer would have to be not for me. The magical feel of an old book will never be truly replicated in a digital format...not ever! Smile

8 blog comments below

Very good, watersoul. There is something about the feel my a book in hands verses the glow from a screen. Enjoy and cherish those "old" books.
standready on Mon Nov 08, 2010 2:46 am
Cheers standready, I've been looking through an absolute gem of a book for the last hour, "The Story of the World in Pictures" published in 1934.

600 pages of some stunning images of things long gone now, there's even a pic of a failed attempt on Mt Everest, at the time still unconquered!

Here's a couple I took with my camera, I'll scan some of the more interesting ones as I find them, there are so many worth sharing though!

Honestly, I can't believe how many interesting and amazing pictures are in this book showing our world as it was 76 years ago Smile
watersoul on Mon Nov 08, 2010 7:37 pm
It's truly amazing how much this world has changed in 76 years. I'm fascinated by your second picture actually... The church which represents our very catholic past, the right building which is a tribute to our western civilization (without the Greek philosophy and math, the world wouldn't be the same). The left building and the building behind the church which represent the modern life, the skyscrapers, new methods of building, big money being spend... truly fascinating as I said. Smile

adri on Mon Nov 08, 2010 9:24 pm
I like that 2nd pic as well adri, I'll scan and replace it though because the top quarter is missing. I actually wish I could share this whole book with you, it really is fascinating how the world has changed over the years...and even how our attitudes have changed, especially while describing less technologically advanced civilisations of the 1930's.
Here's a few more that caught my eye if anyone is interested...

...many more unusual pic's in this book, I think many folk could find them interesting so maybe I'll make a new blog category "The story of the world in pictures - 1934" and scan everything I think is worth sharing. I'm pretty sure the copyright has expired on the book now, or anyone with a "real" interest in it has passed on/died. If it causes any problems then I'll just give credit to the copyright holder - or delete it all if they are completely unreasonable about it! Smile
watersoul on Mon Nov 08, 2010 10:30 pm
That is so very cool, watersoul. I wonder if I can locate a copy of that book.
standready on Fri Nov 12, 2010 1:01 am
I hope you can standready, it is such a snapshot of life in pictures 76 yrs ago, totally not politically correct, but a wonderful snapshot all the same!
watersoul on Fri Nov 12, 2010 1:12 am
Very nice pictures indeed, thanks for the new pictures! I really like books like those. I have a book which is full of old postcards from my area. It's wonderful too see how much this area evolved in the past century. Well it's wonderful and not so wonderful actually because our area (just outside the capital area) has urbanized a lot in those years that gone past. :/

adri on Sat Nov 13, 2010 10:47 am
Cheers adri, I know what you mean about the urban growth thing, found a travel book of my town from 70 years ago and the changes are surprising.
Progress I suppose, but nice to see the record of that "progress" in old pics.
watersoul on Sat Nov 13, 2010 5:19 pm

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