Monday, June 25, 2007

Inspired: Street Book

Once in a while, you can find something incredible on the streets of San Francisco. On my walk to work, I spotted a book lying on the sidewalk. After a quick smell check, I picked it up for a closer look. It's missing the cover, so the inscription page was on display.

The original owner was a Barthol W. Lorigan, who apparently was born on April 19, 1881. His mother wrote "By his dear mamma on his birthday, the sixth" in incredibly perfect handwriting.

Inside, there are 500 pages of poems and literary excerpts designed to improve the minds of turn-of-the-century young men. The best part is that nearly every single page has at least one gorgeous engraved illustration. I can't wait to scan in some of the better designs!

10 comments:

Chelsea said...

What a find! I love it.

mamacita said...

What? Where and how did you find such a thing?

MissEm said...

Just on the sidewalk, our "urban recycling" program at its best!

love.boxes said...

Neat!

tiffany said...

Can't wait to see more. What an exciting find!

hyb said...

How awesome!

Jenny said...

I'm so jealous. All I ever find is used syringes.

Beth said...

Oh my god, what a find!!

Jane Maynard said...

that is so AMAZING. I'm glad you found it and happy you're sharing it with us! :)

Lynne H said...

This is my 2nd great grandfather. Do you still have the book? One interesting thing is my daughter has the same birthday, only 114 years later. Please contact me @ lynnehalterman@charter.net

THanks,