I like museums. All sorts of museums.
Anyway, about those books, there's always this-
Wow, talk about dog-earing!
'A dog ear is a phrase that refers to the folded down corner of a book page. The name arises from the fact that wolves' ears stand erect while the ears of many breeds of dog flop over. A dog ear can serve as a bookmark. While generally frowned upon by those that want to preserve books in their original condition, it is particularly common in use on paperbacks which are designed to be cheaper and more harshly used than hardcovers. Sometimes, it is also used to keep sheets of paper together, in the absence of a stapler or paper clip.
The phrase dates back at least to the late 18th century:
'... those opinions quoted by the Hon. Gentleman from dog's-eared pages of pamphlets ...'
—William Pitt the Younger, address to the House of Commons, Feb. 3, 1799.
Dog-earing is also commonly used to mark a section or phrase in a book that one finds to be important or of personal meaning.
Dog-ears can range in size from the tip of the page to half the page. Although people generally dog-ear the top section of pages (on either side), some also dog-ear on the bottom half of pages. Dog-ears work best on thin pages. Dog-ears may be unmade by folding it back into its original location and compressing the pages of the book together. Removing dog-ears is not recommended on paper that has yellowed from age, as it may cause the flap to separate from the page. Dog-earing more than one successive page can cause problems, as the flaps (depending on the thickness of the paper and the number of pages) may cause the marked sections to bulge and distort the book. Reference works are most prone to this problem.' (Wikipedia)
so I guess that was more than you ever wanted to know about dog-eared, but wait, there's more, according to the dictionary 'dog-eared' also can refer to something that is worn or shabby from overuse. Done and done.
USE A BOOKMARK! 23 Creative Bookmarks
or make your own, even a scrap of paper or piece of yarn will do.
they kinda make me *cringe* even though I love art and they are beautiful.
Honouring a tree or something, but would you snip out your child's innards simply for artistic expression?
Yes, I guess that seemed a little overly dramatic. It all stems from having to repair damaged books I guess. Kinda like being a book surgeon. *sigh*
K, done my 'rant of the day'.
No, wait, one more thing that has always fascinated me, books with fore-edge paintings.
On the Edge: Boston Public Library
Secret Fore-Edge Paintings Revealed in Early 19th Century Books at the University of Iowa
Is it defacing or enhancing? With this I'd say enhancing. And it's like discovering a secret surprise. I don't own any, they are very expensive, unless you are lucky enough to stumble upon one at a flea market/car boot or yard-sale.
Or, you could make your own!
Probably posted about fore-edge at some earlier date here.
I just have soooo much to say and want to share, and this particular topic really excites me.
K, now I'm really done.
No, I'm really not.
You're probably thinking to yourself 'does she ever stop?' and my answer is emphatically, only when I'm asleep, and not even then because my brain just never stops, which is a good thing. A VERY good thing.
Anyhow <(did a switcher there if you noticed, did not say 'anyway')
instead of making an entirely new post just figured I'd add these videos which I find interesting and/or amusing-
one to carry a Ladder (which must not be concealed in any way!) ...a Fork Arms License....a Fruit and Vegetable Arms License....etc. etc. etc.
It's for our own protection because, as shown in the video, almost anything can be used as a weapon! Always be on your guard!
(popped the 'p' there, you just couldn't hear it :)
And with that, Happy National Aviation Day!