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PaperSponge.com is a daily blog of all things old produced on paper in some manner.  You can expect things showing up like postcards, old books, photographs, magazine advertisements, cookbooks, souvenir postcard folders, brochures, catalogs, and just about anything else that's dusty (maybe wrinkled) and on paper.  Feel free to comment, sign the guestbook or link the posts to your Facebook wall or anywhere by using "Share Article" below each post.  Thanks for stopping by and check back each day!

 

 

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Wednesday
Jul142010

Johnson Smith & Co. Catalog

What didn't they have in this catalog!  I wish this place was still open.  Well, it is!  Still selling novelties, gift and collectibles.  The company was officially founded in 1914.  I wish I knew when this catalog was produced.  There's no date inside.  Maybe someone out there might know.  A similar one on ebay states it was from 1941.  This catalog had just about everything you could imagine in it.  Everything from cap guns to musical instruments to magic tricks and everything in between.  96 pages total with tons of illustrations and halftone photos.  Far more illustrations than photos.  Grab one if you see one!

Tuesday
Jul132010

IMPKO Sticker Shock!

How about this self-stick postcard!  Very blunt but I like it.  It shows the company has a sense of humor but still takes your business seriously.  Too bad we don't see this kind of thing in today's commerce.  This sticker is about postcard size and has peel-off paper backing.  Not sure of the date.  Maybe someone out there knows something about this one.  The back states "Imprint Art Prod., Hackensack, N.J" with an IMPKO logo.

Monday
Jul122010

Puyallup Public Schools (Washington)

About five miles east of Tacoma, you'll find Puyallup, WA.  The city was named after the Payallup Tribe of Native Americans.  It meant "the generous people".  Now back to Arline J. Grant.  I ran across her report cards here from 1929 and 1930.  A very good student indeed.  Although, she had Whooping Cough at some point during her 1929 academic year, but still brought home the good grades.  Some thing of note I saw were subjects/lessons like "Citizenship".  Other categories were "Effort" and "Deportment" (behavior).   They even listed the weight of the child from time to time.  It looks like the school year was from September to June.  It appears Spinning Elementary School is still alive and well up in Puyallup, Washington.  I wonder if Arline is still with us.  She would be about 88 now.  At any rate, it was nice getting a quick glimpse of school around 1930 in Puyallup through Arline.  Thanks Arline.