Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Flea-Markets and Antique Stores

One of our favorite things to do is scrounge through flea-markets and antique stores. Leann and I have certain things that we like to search for the house and outdoors. But when it comes to my own personal hangup, it is searching for old airplane books and memorabilia. Usually, I am hard to please as I tend to focus on a narrow scope of interest. But, this week I hit the jackpot with two colorful book finds.

The first is a book I saw once before with a price four-times the amount I paid today. Simply titled, "A Book of Airplanes" this treasure includes colorful artwork by "The Two Taylors". The book, though not dated, was apparently produced sometime around the years 1928, 1929, or 1930. Here are some examples of this excellently preserved piece.

The other nice little book is called "Tales Up". It was published in 1971 by the brother/sister editing team of Walt and Ann Bohrer. It is a collection of short stories and half-truths (or as my uncle used to say) "yarns". What I like about this book is that the Bohrer's managed to capture these tales directly from some of the most notable aviation personalities of the 1920's and 1930's. Included are many comical drawings by Walt himself, and various photographs of the subject timeframe.

These two books will be a wonderful addition to my meager little airplane library.

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