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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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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.

Sunday
Jul112010

Alice & Jerry - "Round About"

It's not Dick & Jane, but Alice & Jerry.  Maybe they were cousins.  I have a ton of children's books with this style of illustrations.  What most folks call the "Dick & Jane" style of illustrations.  I'll have some Dick & Jane books on here soon enough from the collection.  Most books from this era didn't have such great covers like this one.  This one definitely stands out.  The most recent copyright on it is 1957.  It was published by Row, Peterson & Co. with illustrations by Florence and Margaret Hoopes.  Florence & Margaret did a good bit of the Jerry & Alice illustrations for the publishing company in this early reader series.  I couldn't find much else on the artistic duo, but they were definitely talented as seen in this 208 page book.

Friday
Jul092010

Big Catch in Maine

Makes me want to head to Maine!  If fishing were that easy, we'd all be doing it.  I pulled this postcard for the blog simply because of the great layout of the postcard.  Great, rich colors.  The postcard is unused and the corners actually held up pretty well.  Someone took care of this one.  Last one to Maine is a rotten egg!!