|A Centennial Display|
But finding! That's where all of the mystery and excitement lies. When I am looking on-line for things to buy, I am, for the most part, looking: hoping and expecting to find something I can use (i.e., sell), even if I don't yet know what it is. But now and then, when I am out at a bookstore, or an antique mall, or an antique auction, I have the pleasure of truly finding something: discovering something I didn't even know I wanted, something I didn't even know existed.
So last week, at an Ohio auction I frequent, I found this little
The first inside page showed a fine engraving of the "Workshops of the Knickerbocker Ice Company," and I have to admit I was a bit disappointed. The picture was fine, in its own way, and such engravings of factories are commonplace in these kinds of catalogues. But when one looks at a Victorian trade catalogue, one hopes to see beautiful images of wares to be offered for sale, and I didn't have much hope of having discovered a catalogue full of beautiful pictures of chunks of ice.
|First page of the Catalogue|
|One of the Levy-type colored plates.|
Sometimes the things we don't expect to see are just what we find, but in ways we never expect. And there's always something new to find--even in old books.