Thursday, June 12, 2008
Book Sale Discovery
We have a great library in our area the Princeville Library. The Friends of the Library hold a book sale every 6 months to raise funds to buy new books. I thought the last thing I needed was another book, but thinking there might be some home improvement books to help with our cottage restoration we went to the book sale. My husband found a The Home Depot Home Improvement Book and we needed that.This book caught his eye, and I said that was more my style than the Orange Home Depot book, so I purchased it. When I got home and started reading the book, I noticed an inscription in the front of book, it read " To Mr. C.H. Porter with all good wishes E.T. Meredith" Des Moines, Iowa December 1926. Just some old gentlemen gifting another, I thought. Then I reached the back of the book with this Christmas Greetings from E.T. Meredith. For anyone that doesn't know who this is, he is founder of Better Homes and Gardens and his company Meredith Corporation still publishes this magazine and many more like Ladies Home Journal.Can you tell I'm a fan of the PBS show "History Detectives"? Before his untimely death at 51 in 1928 Mr. Meredith was being considered as a Presidential candidate. The author of the book Chelsa C. Sherlock was also first editor of Better Homes & Gardens. The book has nice descriptions of historic houses with pictures like this one of Harriet Beecher Stowe' s house. I contacted the Meredith Corporation and I got a nice e-mail from Mell Meredith's assistant that they would like me to donate this to their archival library. Her assistant said they got a chuckle the book made a trip to Hawaii. I feel like a real official history detective with this library book sale find.