Monday, January 11, 2010

Ruby Tuesday: Books

Last week Mary suggested we might post books for Ruby Tuesday this week. My Mom and I have collected old books for a long time. There is just something about them that makes you want to hold them and peruse the pages. Above are three that have a little bit of red in them. It's not a bright ruby red but rather a deep rich tone of almost burgandy. The one aspect that draws me to old books is often the graphics stamped into the bound covers as the one on top above. This book was copyrighted in 1885 and has the name of a young twelve year old girl inside. The green book with the American flag stamped on it has Mr. James H. Rhodes and October 10, 1917 written inside. The all red book is The Cloister and the Hearth, part one. It's a tale of the Middle Ages written before 1859. I've tried to capture the stamped feathers on the top left hand side of the cover.
Of course I have to include Ms. Lily with one of her new books she got for Christmas. Yes, it featured Elmo!




















For more Ruby Tuesday visit Mary here.

26 comments:

Thom said...

Well the best treasure is Ms. Lily but those books are fantastic. :) great photos.

Pat said...

I would probably be one of the last people on earth to buy a Kindle Reader! I love the feel and smell of books. There's something about holding a book, and turning the pages that just makes me happy. It's not the same reading a book on a computer. I'm sorry, it's NOT.

Those old books are real treasures, all right!

Love the photo of little Lily and ELMO!

Patti said...

Lily looks like she is trying hard to read about Elmo.

Neat old books you've shared. I forgot. :-(

Your EG Tour Guide said...

ELMO! I love this shot of Lily looking at the book!

Leora said...

Those are very special books. I have books that I got from my grandfather, whom I never met because he died before I was born.

I love the artistry of those book covers.

Ralph said...

I like the light flag and the title 'THE COMMUNITY and THE CITIZEN'. Such a book ought to be read by all, in 1917 and 2010.

But for a gem of a ruby, Lily really likes that red Elmo. The bright rouge of this Muppet stands out, and even captures the eye of grownups, too...

Peggy said...

Love your old and new books. I have collected a few oldies that have my ancestors' names in them. I always read to my babies every night.

rapunzel said...

Great shots of those old treasures.

I'm with Pat - no Kindle for me! I'll take ink on my fingers any time. :)

eden said...

Lily looks so interested with her new book..

Willa said...

well, I did see the red in American Flag in one of the books cover though. :)

Jim said...

Hi Carletta, I think I might like your bookss. Of course your Lily steals the show, red book or not! She is precious!
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nice A said...

I also love keeping old books.
Very nice capture of little Lily who looks so interested with her book. Yes, I also posted a book with Elmo on it.
Thanks for your visit and comment, Carletta.

Rose said...

Does Lily get a big smile on her face the minute she hears Elmo? Lorelei just glows when she hears Elmo.

I love old books...they always draw my attention.

Gattina said...

I missed the fact that we have to show books ! I like your last picture not only there is red in but it is also so cute !

SquirrelQueen said...

The books are great, I have a few old ones as well. There is just something so special about them. Lily is really getting into the Elmo book.

Robin said...

So much more character in those than in a Kindle, though a Kindle would certainly be easier on an asthmatic chest.

Ms. Lily is definitely the cutest of all - I love how she's really studying that book.

Vintage Rose Studio said...

I love books and old books are just great - lovely pic!! Also love your pic of your grand daughter ... so cute!

My posts are up too!

Gena
Inspired Living sapces &
Vintge Rose Studio

Mimi said...

Lovely selection,Carletta, of old and new.
You captured those leaves beautifully.

Martha in PA said...

Beautiful books! I have not read Twilight either. We bought 2 (well actually 3) copies of the book so Tara and I could read together, and neither of us finished. The 3rd copy I gave to my hairstylist in FL, she did read it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Jew Wishes said...

What a lovely photograph, Carletta! I love the antique and aged treasures you bring us, along with the modern.

I adore the aging and beautiful bindings on old books. Such nostalgia!

~~Lorri

Marice said...

how cute!!! really a nice collection!

u may view mine here

Felisol said...

I love your books, they a unique copies, well taken care of.
I of course primarily read books, I read about anything from old missionary reports to new bestsellers.
I admit I also have bought books for sake of their good look. Beauties from the art noveau period are hard to let go of.

Your Lily is a lucky girl, so focused on her reading.
From Felisol

maryt/theteach said...

These are marvelous books, Carletta. They may be quite valuable as well as sport some RED. Happy Ruby Tuesday! Oh and Happy Birthday to Ms. Lily! :)

kaye said...

I love old books--such character

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful post and photos, I would have to say Ms Lily is my favorite, she is so cute.

storyteller said...

I love old books and could have shared red ones if I'd remembered ... alas I forgot and shared flowers instead. I love the photo of Ms Lily with her Elmo book ... she's precious.
Hugs and blessings,