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Boy Scouts collect stamps

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Stamp Collecting
Boy Scouts of America
1993

I couldn’t believe that the date on this book was 1993. The pictures seem to be much older.  Stamp collecting is still a big hobby and there are many more current books on stamp collecting. I am not sure I would add this to the collection, unless there is a current need for scouting material. I hope the scouts have updated this particular book.

And then we have the back cover advertising a subscription to Boy’s Life. I guess the scouts are into some cultural appropriation after they get the stamp collections done.

Mary

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Masculine Scrapbooks

scrapbook pages and ideas for men

All Men
Scrapbook Pages
Inventive Ideas for Masculine Layouts
Memory Makers
2005

I am not a scrapbooker and my library experience has led me to conclude that many modern scrapbookers are just this side of crazy. But I digress.

This book is about creating masculine themed pages for your special man. Evidently you don’t want scrapbooks to be too “girly” for the guys. This book is just examples of real scrapbook theme ideas and sample pages. Don’t miss the “deconstruction” of masculine design (2nd picture below).

Is this worth hanging onto for a collection? Possibly. Remember, what is awful in one library could be great in another. For you folks looking for extra credit points, try this article on archival issues with historical scrapbooks from the National Museum of American History.

 

Mary

 

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Christmas Crafting – Now with extra pink!

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Victorian Christmas Crafts
Bruno
1984

I pulled this book for weeding as it was falling apart and had a bit of an odor problem. I love the idea of traditional Victorian Christmas crafts, but this book wasn’t doing the job. I am not a particular fan of the illustrations. There is too much pink and not enough visual instruction. I like pink as much as the next person, but going through this book was making me a bit crazy. Between the odor and the pink, time for this one to die a natural death.

Mary

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