Saturday, 19 October 2019

Write ... Edit ... Publish ... Bloghop: Horrible Harvest ...

I had all kinds of ideas for Hilary’s Horrribile Harrrvesting Horrorrr … but haplessness held her in hostile hubris of being pickled …

… life intervened – too much going on, needed to make time for meetings … and then the dreaded happened – my network went down … there’s now’t to be done … but be patient: I was.

Potato Blight

Horrible Harvest went west … I gave up worrying and here I am with a brief update … I’ll be around to read all the WEP entries – this one is out of bounds!

The Emigrants Farewell  - from an
engraving by Henry Doyle (1827 - 1893)

I have a good #WATWB post for Friday … and then a fun one for Halloween … I’ll be taking November off – I have to sort life out here … but will make appearances, no posts though … and then #WATWB for November will kick-start my postings.

Harvest is usually the most wonderful time of year … especially with the generosity our marvellous plants offer us … which we too need to share ... 

Come, ye thankful people, come,
Raise the song of harvest home!
All is safely gathered in,
‘Ere the winter storms begin;

See you all soon …

Hilary Melton-Butcher
Positive Letters Inspirational Stories

Friday, 4 October 2019

How to Handle Books – circa 1937 …

A very small exhibit at University of London’s Senate House Library drew my attention … the instructions are dated 27 September 1937 …

Senate House Library
looking up 

Having got waylaid with my ‘Heads in the City’, and now this small display case of instructions … I’ll get to the main reason for visiting the Library shortly!

Bumblebee carrying pollen -
its sweets ... 
I love the quote: 

“We should make the same use of a Book that the Bee does of a Flower; she steals sweets from it, but does not injure it.”

The instructions - sorry slightly
out of focus ... 

There were a few books in the display case – showing what happens when we mistreat our ‘tomes’ …

… while here are the instructions (1937) to library readers (which I hope you’ll also read fully from the photo) for ensuring a new book, or any book is not damaged:

First – how to open a new book … so the spine will not be damaged – i.e. will be bent evenly at all points; handle it gently, do not force it …

Spine damage

Second – on turning pages: do not wet fingers …

Third – suitable book marks are slips of paper: corners should not be turned down, nor should books be laid face down …

Fourth – if there are pages still bound together … use a thin paper knife working in a zig-zag motion.  Do not use fingers, pocket knife, or other unsuitable substitutes …

Antigone and Creon
(I can see what the Librarian thinks of this -
it's in the display!)

Fifth – books must not be disfigured by readers’ annotations or underscoring.  Also do not lay paper on book to write your notes.

Sixth – it is a reader’s duty to protect the books he uses: the next user will then also enjoy the clean, fresh copy.

Highlighting and thus
defacing McCarthyism

Then comes the quote – it’s a delight isn’t it … 

... while the instructions haven’t changed much, and still will apply to vintage or ancient books usually found in libraries, though some of us will have a few at home too –

Books with library's call numbers
on the spine

- protect our books, they are treasures of the mind, as well as for the future.

Hilary Melton-Butcher
Positive Letters Inspirational Stories