Category Archives: Books


“…All great things had small beginnings…”

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…’The Photographer’s Playbook

by Jason Fulford & Gregory Halpern, 2014


” ….This is a classroom, not a protest rally, stage or psychologist’s office. Just take pictures; that’s all we expect…”

Repurpose- Paperback Books


There are lots of fun ways to repurpose old books. For this simple project, I covered a few discarded paperbacks in hand-printed art paper from Blick. I left two issues in their new dust jackets. With the third, I added a leather tie attached to the spine by a tiny brass fastener. Later I’ll fill the book pages with messages written in marker (going right over the original text) and images from magazines.

What You Need-

Printed paper, scissors (if you need to cut the paper), leather ribbon (available at craft stores like Jo-ann’s), pencil, sewing pins and small fasteners.


Remember covering books for school? The same method applies here.


 If you want to add the tie- Cut a length of leather ribbon. Find the midway point and put a hole through the leather with a sewing pin. Take a tiny fastener and slip it into the hole. On the printed cover, mark with a pencil the center of the book spine. Pierce the right side of the paper with the fastener. Carefully fold back the metal wings. Replace your dust jacket flap. Close up book with the leather tie.


(Photos & Styling- © 2014 Martha Browne)

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A Page From…

…’Thither’ by Jane Flanagan, 2009.


In the Fall of 2009, Jane returned home to Ireland. While there, she spent time photographing places she cherished. Later, she compiled her favorite images into a self-published book titled ‘Thither.’ I have a copy of Jane’s book. And every time I look at it, there’s a desire to visit that wonderful country.

(Photo of ‘Thither’ book page- © 2014 Martha Browne)

Endpapers #9

“Before mass printing in the 20th century it was common for endpapers of books to have paper marbling. Sometimes the endpapers were used for maps or other relevant information. They are the traditional place for bookplates or owner’s inscription…” – Wikipedia


I find the most appealing endpapers to be in children’s books. This  sample is from Vol. 1 of ‘ Best in Children’s Books‘ c. 1958.

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Book- ‘Farmhouse Revival’


The American farmhouse. It’s not hard to conjure up visions of front porches, large working kitchens, bathing in free standing tubs, and pot belly stoves or fireplaces to keep the living rooms warm. Think those places are long gone? The book ‘Farmhouse Revival‘ gives proof positive that this much-loved vernacular architecture and decor is alive and well.


(Photos- Steve Gross and Susan Daley)

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Grab Bag- Pedlars Friday Vintage


” Every Friday at 8 am we launch a fresh collection of fantastic-value vintage finds, assembled for us by the best dealers from around the world. Everything here is supplied with a Certificate of Authenticity. You can find out what’s coming each week on our instagram…” - Pedlars