Marcia Strykowski

Category Archives: Treasures

The Tiniest Books

After enjoying your comments on my Tiny Books post, I decided to do a post on even tinier books. These first pictures show books I’ve had since childhood. All are hardcover with book jackets. First up is the Christmas Nutshell Library by Hilary Knight. This cute little boxed set includes 4 tiny books, each 2 1/2″ x …

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Personalized Picture Books

Back when I was first dipping into the field and studying ways to improve my own attempts at writing for children, I was a big fan of attending author events (and I still am). If they are signing copies of their books, all the better. Seems a shame to keep my collection of signed books closed on the shelf all these years, so …

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Every Four Years…

Today’s another special day in my family—Leap Year! And my son gets to celebrate his birthday on an actual calendar day again this year. I always thought it was kind of fun for him to be born on such a unique day, and of course someone as special as him (pictures below) certainly deserved an …

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Don’t you just love looking at Valentine’s Day cards from the olden days? Here are a few fancy ones from 1876. These two lacy valentines were also popular styles from the late 1800s. As shown in the photograph, I used to love choosing just the right valentine for each of my classmates. We’d decorate shoe …

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Vintage Sewing Comeback

Like my character Amy (tween novels: Call Me Amy and Amy’s Choice) when I was growing up, us girls took home economics while the boys took ‘shop’ (woodworking, auto mechanics, etc.). It may seem old-fashioned now to split up the boys and girls, and even did so at the time, since I would have loved …

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Beautiful Blogger Award

Just a quick post to acknowledge this award. What a nice surprise! Thank you very much to Julie at jhbooksblog for nominating me for The Beautiful Blogger Award. There are so many well done blogs out there, covering interesting subjects, and I really appreciate being added to the best of the best list. Here are the rules …

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Tick-Tock Lots of Clocks

Have you ever been to the National Watch & Clock Museum in Columbia, Pennsylvania? So many beautiful clocks of all shapes and sizes. The most impressive clock in the museum is featured at the end of this post. 12,000 clocks and watches! Wait for it, my favorite is still to come… At the age of …

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Picture Books Around the World

Without even trying I’ve accumulated a great little collection of picture books from other countries. These first two handsome editions were given to me by my son after he toured with fellow musicians in Germany and Poland. This book of Swedish folk tales was published in Stockholm in 1946. They have been producing anthologies since 1907. I bought …

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Holiday Magic

For those of you who enjoyed my Massachusetts-based Thanksgiving post: here, the above winter scene was painted by F. Gleason, who was also from the Boston area. And now for another historic gem from the Bay State–the world famous tune of Jingle Bells (The One Horse Open Sleigh) was written by James Pierpont of Medford, MA in 1850. …

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Nydia the Blind Flower Girl of Pompeii

As I bumped into Nydia the Blind Flower Girl at yet another museum last weekend, I realized I’d seen her several times before. I remembered taking a picture with her once, so I enlisted my daughter to take another one. A docent wandering by, caught us in the act (photos are allowed 🙂 ) and …

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