Jewish Chess Masters on Stamps

A Philatelist’s Dream

Jewish Chess Masters on Stamps
Berkovich and Divinsky
2000

If your library or your community has a very (VERY) active stamp collecting society, this might be an acceptable choice for your library.  Even then, it is very obscure!  There’s nothing wrong with it and I’m not suggesting weeding it.  It’s just an odd choice for a library unless they buy every possible stamp-related item they can get a hold of.  The really interesting thing is that “Jews on postage stamps” is an actual subject heading, and there are all kinds of books about it on WorldCat.org.  There are also books about “Catholics on postage stamps” and

…wait for it…

“Beavers on postage stamps.”

Do it yourself coffins

A Grave Matter…

Do-It-Yourself Coffins: For Pets and People
Power
1997

An ALB tipster put me on to this title.  I was DYING to get my hands on it.   With a bit of gallows-type humor (mostly puns), this book details wood carving for coffins for both humans and pets.  Really.  No, there is nothing WRONG with this book.  It really is a good choice for a wood working  collection.  Given the condition of the copy I saw, this particular book has been well loved.  I will not “out” the owning library because maybe they have a huge woodworking patronage (or a rather macabre clientele). 

Pantyhose Crafts

Pantyhose – not just for legs!

More Great Pantyhose Crafts
Baldwin
1985

Submitter: “We were fascinated by the full-sized hammock constructed of pantyhose and plastic six-pack rings, and thought it would make a great staff development day team-building activity to make one ourselves. Alas…..”

Holly: Once, again, here’s a really cool find!  There’s not a single thing “wrong” with this book.  The copy I got a hold of is in great physical shape.  There are definitely people who would be interested in making crafts out of just about anything…including pantyhose.  Every library and community is different.

Crafts for Retarded

Crafts for (the) retarded?

Crafts for Retarded: Through their hands they shall learn
McNiece
1964

Some librarian spies from the west sent along this wonderful title to ALB.  I am not quite sure of the craft on the front, but the spies sent along a page featuring  this ultra cool Indian tom-tom craft.  A quote from the cover blurb: “This book is written primarily for teachers and for parents whose youngsters have come into the world with less potential than the so-called ‘average’ child.”  Submitters say: “What better way to raise a child’s potential than by teaching him or her to stretch a goat skin to make a drum, then paint swastikas on it?”