Sunday, July 9, 2023

From the readers: A tailor, a bishop and Ruth Manning-Sanders

It's time to turn another post over to the readers...

J.C. Savage of Belfast, tailor and breeches maker: Sian writes: "Just wanted to say thank you for this. The tailor in 1920 would have been my great-great-grandfather, so it was great to see this piece of history and I have forwarded it to my daughter. My father (93) has some tales about him and still has his tailor's scissors. Bristol City Corporation complained about the electric lights in his shop, as they were frightening the horses. His was the first shop to have had the lights installed. One of the family was an inventor and devised a system for recording sound and was visited by [Thomas] Edison. Mr. Savage devised a way to make waxed cloth and used it during World War I to make clothing for officers. The J.C. stood for James Carl, and I remember being told when I was young the there were 5 generations of James Carls!"

Thank you for sharing all those great memories and details, Sian! 

Hans Holzer & hot pink: "The Psychic World of Bishop Pike": Brian Busby of The Dusty Bookcase writes: "I've been on a bit of a tear through obscure 1970s stuff myself, Chris. My current read is The Man From Krypton: The Gospel According to Superman (1978) by evangelist John Wesley White. Billy Graham provides the foreword. I've read and reviewed three other books by the Rev. Dr. White. The Man From Krypton disappoints only in that it has the fewest factual errors. Though an Anglican, I knew nothing of Bishop Pike until I read John Wesley White's Re-entry (1970), which deals with 'striking parallels between today's news events and CHRIST'S SECOND COMING.' White goes after Bishop Pike, not one year in the grave, on the very first page. I don't think that's right, but will not cast the first stone. If interested, here's my review: The Oxford PhD Rambles On."

A dark and stormy night ... and a good book: Peggy writes: "Beautiful! Each [advertising card] is a window into the past (and sometimes a reminder of how important our consumer protections are!)"

Guest post: Finally finding a "white whale" book from childhood: I got a couple of comments regarding the happy reunion involving Ruth Manning-Sanders' Mystery at Penmarth.  

Anonymous writes: "Great post! I found a copy through inter-library loan — halfway through it and really enjoying this book."

Anonymous writes: "This is amazing!!! I can't believe you found the book and were able to read and enjoy it. A big thanks to all those out there who work to connect readers with books they loved and lost."

Lamenting what we'll never know about Phyllis J. Stalnaker Harris: This post keeps generating comments. A lot of them are short. Some are rude and/or speculative. I won't put all the new ones here, but you can check out the post if you want to get involved in the continuing conversation. I do thank Gabriel Lampert for writing, "Thanks for giving this woman a proper eulogy."   

Some of the books that helped to inspire Ruth Manning-Sanders: 23skudu writes: "Hopefully someone managed to buy them all or make a detailed bibliography of the books that were there. Some of these stories need a bit freshening to be retold for this new generation of readers."

The books definitely went to many different buyers across the globe. This is on my list of things to write more about!

Elaborately designed envelope for Bennett Printing Company: Anonymous writes: "My father, Harvey McHenry, worked there for years."

Wampole's Creo-Terpin ink blotter from Ensley, Alabama: Teresa writes: "I am curious if you know anything on his 'worm syrup' I would gladly trade some photos for information."

No, I don't know anything about "worm syrup," but maybe someone else out there does!

Prudential booklet on signers of the Declaration of Independence: Anonymous writes: "I have been going through my parents old papers and found a copy of this booklet! Very interesting! It would be timely for it to be reissued today for the benefit of today’s generation."

Absolutely. I'm a big proponent of quality civic education (and teaching the true and full history of the United States).

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