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Mock Up Carpet Bag

After finding the Humphrey Carpet Bag instructions, I got ambitious to make one. Since 19th century carpet fabric isn’t that easy to find, I figure I will start with just upholstery fabric which is practically everywhere. This started as a zippered throw pillow sham that I picked up at Goodwill. Upholstery fabric most often, rayon […]

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Glove love

It bothered me that when sewing folks show off their historical costumes online they are almost never wearing gloves. So I spent time trying to find instructions on making gloves. Alas there is hardly anything to download. However although Pitman’s Glove Making by Isabel M. Edwards 1934 is out of copyright, I couldn’t find a […]

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sharps, a post with a point.

I had to make an iphone alert to remind me once a week to enter my hours worked for the temp job, so now i have an alert to remind me to write a blog post a few times  a week.  lets see how long it takes for me to start hitting the snooze button […]

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Dear Bibliobull: Rusty Clips

Dear Bibliobull: Do you have a product that would remove or diminish rust stains on paper from metal paperclips? Would one of your erasers help? If so, which one? Rusty Clipper Dear Clippy: Depends on what type of paper…how thick, what kind of finish etc… Generally rust doesn’t seep as far as ink, so you […]

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Dear Bibliobull: Dirty Duck

Dear Bibliobull: I’m normally a book collector, but recently succumbed to a temptation and purchased the first comic appearance of Donald Duck. This is a huge book for a comic (9 1/2 X 12 3/4), and has a fair amount of surface grime, made more obvious by a prior attempt by a prior owner to […]

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Dear Bibliobull – blood trail

Dear Bibliobull: I recently purchased a book off the net (one supposedly in “fine” condition . . . ha), and when it arrived, I discovered it had 3 splats of dried blood on the fore-edge. It’s gross, but I want to keep the book. Any suggestions? Bloody Shame Dear Shame: Go to the hardware store […]

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Dear Bibliobull – corroded contacts

Dear Bibliobull: I forgot to remove the batteries from toys that I had in storage. I can see that the batteries have leaked and the contact points have corroded. The toy doesn’t work. Can these toys be fixed or is it a waste of time to even think about it? Dead Batteries Dear Dead: Any corrosion […]

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Dear Bibliobull – library pocket in a new book?

Dear Bibliobull – I special ordered a title for customer from Amazon, new as stated and not cheap. It arrived with a library pocket neatly placed inside cover no other markings. Thankfully the customer was happy to get the book and didn’t care about the library pocket. But I am wondering why would the publisher […]

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Dear BiblioBull – Smelly Cards

This really wasn’t a letter TO me, it kinda came in over the transom. This was a write-in to someone else’s newsletter. A reader sent it to me and asked for my answer. So I have tweaked it a bit to keep from getting sued. Dear BiblioBull Have a customer with some oversized laminated postcards. […]

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