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Advertising on the dust jacket November 15, 2012

Dust jacket used by The Book Inn Lending Library, Seattle Washington ca. 1930′s.  Long before the Kindle Lending Library there were actual brick and mortar lending libraries. These were not public libraries but part of the offerings of book and department stores. Most charged a daily, weekly or monthly rate and many used their own printed dust jackets to both protect the book and as a revenue stream. Above is one used by The Book Inn…

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The Life and Times of the Dust Jacket January 25, 2012

 Noun. dust jacket – a paper jacket for a book; a jacket on which promotional information is usually printed. Also called book jacket, dust cover, dust wrapper Most books printed since the late nineteenth and early twentieth century have them. Unfortunately, there are many books that once had them that now don’t. For the collector of these modern books the dust jacket represents the Holy Grail of value. One of the most noted examples is…

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Skirts In Dust Jackets: Indie Women, Wayward Wives, Soiled Damsels, Sassy Lassies, and Hard-Boiled Dames January 25, 2010

Meherin, Elenore. “Sandy.” Gosset & Dunlap, 1926.“She defied life’s Conventions in her search for THRILLS!” Photoplay edition. Women on the move, on the make, on the day shift, on the night shift, on their feet, on their backs, on the go, on their way, onward and upward. Sometimes a rare book catalog is organized like a library exhibition, the dealer/cataloger as curator to a wide variety of books that when grouped together tell a compelling…

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Old School Daze Book Jackets Updated, Now Hip n’ Cool November 11, 2009

Book City Jackets’ Artist Series 2, group Remember those plain Kraft brown paper dust jackets from grammar and junior high school? (Your memory may have to stretch back to the 1950s-1960s). Book City Jackets’ Standards grouping: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Favorite We used to have fun doodling on them, drawing, writing notes, declarations of everlasting love, paeans to rotten teachers, doggerel, and all manner of personal expression. Book City Jackets “Fiction” They, alas, fell by the wayside,…

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Book Vandals and the Dust Jackets of Joe Orton November 4, 2009

Maury County, TN Library Director Elizabeth Potts shows one of several bookswhich have had “dirty” words marked through. Others have editorial comments added. Library books attacked by censors and vandals have recently been in the news. This is not strictly news; library patrons with blue pens and scissors have been a bane of librarians for centuries. Neatnik Censor Attacks Books Neatly According to the Columbia, Tennessee Daily Herald, someone has been crossing out dirty words…

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