what luck! sunday was the last day of the semi-annual library book sale, which meant it was giveaway day. most of the good stuff was long gone, and i only had fifteen minutes to look at the leftovers, but still managed to scavenge a few items.
a history of portugal, and to my delight, someone's appointment calendar from 1969 that fell out of the book. (if you look closely, you can see where the page yellowed against the calendar. it was obviously there a long time).
one of the many colorful maps illustrating portugal's maritime prowess.
an english grammar book with an excellent section on "faulty diction" and "gross violations". i can almost feel the schoolmarm rapping my knuckles with a ruler.
a beautiful arithmetic book in russian...
...and these delightful postcards tumbled out the front cover of the russian book. from the 50s? or maybe the 60s?
one of my best friends lives in fort smith so this one will be going to her. i wonder if that motel is still there!
the other postcard nearly put me on the floor when i recognized it: in 2001 i stayed in this hotel for nearly six months! i was working on a consulting project in pittsburgh. here it is today, beautifully restored. it makes my day when life dishes up odd coincidences like this.