Monday, March 1, 2010

My op shop haul for the week

Ok, part of my weekly op shop haul.

This is just some of the books we fished off the shelves to give a new home to - several books on old Aussie songs (from colonial days onwards), Colonial artists from 1788-1880, bushrangers, Ruth Park, short stories, a murder thriller, Indigenous history (black armband or not), Aussie Vietnam War humour books (?!), Barossa cook book from the late 1920's and all beautiful gems.

Many are old friends we have lost over the years, some we're acquainted with through gossip and others are new discoveries.

Charlie Hammond's Sketch Book is a delectable delight of both Kiwi and Aussie scenery sketched between Charlie leaving England as a 15 yr old on the look-out for adventure in 1885 and his marriage in 1916, chronicling social times through NZ and Oz that are no more, capturing every day sights that we seek in museums and history books these days.
Stunningly rich and full of colour, a gem.
If you stumble over it, grab it!

The other gem is the Bush Calendar, published 1909 at the front of the pile.
You can read a description of this wonderful little shining bauble of literacy HERE and you can read a brief bio on Amy Mack (Mrs Launcelot Harrison) HERE.
You can even read the book itself HERE.
And see Amy Mack (Mrs Launcelot Harrison) at work HERE.
I think we could all do with a little of Amy Mack's Bush Calendar in our daily lives.

And I paid only $1 and $2 for these books.
*insert mad librarian cackle here*

13 comments:

  1. Old Bush Songs, eh? "Oh, we're off to Invade Iraq, And grab ourselves a tan. There's bound to be millions die, So that fish can live peaceful with man."

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  2. 'Aussie Vietnam War humour books(?!)'. Can we make that a triple ???!!!

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  3. Most obvious "why-i-don't-need-to-read-this" book title amongst that little lot: "why i don't garden in the nude"...

    because the garden gnome would be freaked out?

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  4. Fish, Brian?
    Kippers for brekkie again?

    Aye, Andrew, was amazed and snaffled 'em up quick smart!
    Written by a couple of blokes who served there, from what I can see.

    Kuaka, sad thing is that is Jeff 'Thommo' Thompson, former fast bowler for Oz...who'd probably scare the willies off the gnomes and fairies with his googlies :P

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  5. It's a Bushism, Jayne...if you pardon the expression.

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  6. No googlie jokes please. I'm glad he didn't garden in the nude. What did the old ladies at the oppie say when you bought that one, lol.

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  7. He's not the messiah, Brian, he's just a naughty boy...

    There was a brief smirk, LiD, lol.

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  8. wow thats a great haul of books you got there Jayne. I was in a second hand bookshop over the weekend and had a wee giggle as I had found a wee songbook (pocket size) of australian songs.....very vintage too.....

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  9. wow thats a great haul of books you got there Jayne. I was in a second hand bookshop over the weekend and had a wee giggle as I had found a wee songbook (pocket size) of australian songs.....very vintage too.....

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  10. Op shops around here fall into two categories. Too expensive, so the poor people who need stuff can't afford them, or they're so bad the poor people don't want the stuff.
    Books to be found are usually old Mills & Boon romances, or magazines with pages missing. Very occasionally a gem is to be found. Still, I haven't been to one for quite a while, and I do need another pair of "new" jeans.

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  11. The Vietnam books interest me. There would have been a limityed release of those, surely. I wonder if they are rarities?

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  12. Any Aussie songs would be vintage, Janine, apparently we only sing about suicidal sheep duffers now :P

    Oh, I know those kind of op shops, River. They're handy for lining the budgie cage.

    I think they are, Rhubarb, I've never come across anything of the like from that war before.

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  13. I was wandering the op-shop the other day and noticed a sweet trinket on the shelf, nearly bought it until I realized I'd sent it there last month.

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