Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Vintage Thingie Thursday

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Colorado Lady





Today I have an interesting treasure to share with you.

It is a collection of hymns for use of the Methodist Episcopal Church. It was printed in Cincinnati by R.P. Thompson, Printer in 1847.

This is different than the hymnals that we are used to as it only contains the words to the hymns. The most worn section is the few pages of Christmas songs. I just wonder if a young child didn't grab and tear this in frustration of having to sit still during a service!

What amazes me about this book, even more than the date, is the fact that it only measures 2 1/2 inches by 3 1/4 inches and has 623 pages. Definitely purse or pocket size.

20 comments:

Keetha Broyles said...

Awesome little treasure!!!

Virginia said...

Wow that's such a neat book. Amazing it's so small!

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

wow! where did you get the book!! amazing know that the book survives till now.. happy VTT

Robin said...

So much in such a little space! How cute is that?

Elizabeth said...

The stories that hymnal could tell!

marianedwardsdreamweaver said...

what a little treasure..i love it :)

Louise (KardKrazy) said...

The size is intriguing. I love those "litte" vintage books.
Interesting that there's no music in there, too.

Marie Reed said...

1847! Wooow! It sure is itsy bitsy! I'm so glad that you posted the ruler picture too!

Vicky said...

I love listening to old hymns. the book is so small! I will have trouble reading it...

Donna said...

wonderful book!

Postcardy said...

They must have used good paper for it to last as well as it has.

LV said...

What a wonderful old book. I enjoy browsing through old books as there is so much history in them. Thanks for visiting my post.

Brenda said...

It is quite a treasure! And I wonder the same thing. I didn't exactly like to sit still in church as a child. I have some little tiny books that I picked up from an antique place. I'll have to show them.
Brenda

Coloradolady said...

What a sweet little book. I would hang on to that one! I like that it is small....so cute!

Thanks for your contribution to VTT. Great post. Have a wonderful weekend.

Bea said...

What a great piece! Do you think people just sang any old tune they wanted if there were only words? So small, too.

vintage wil said...

What a little treasure! its beautiful.

Protector of Vintage said...

What a wonderful treasure from the past! Love your blog header, too! Have a nice day~

CC said...

Such a wonderful little treasure this is. Makes you wonder how many hands it has passed through...
Happy VTT..have a lovely weekend.

Miri said...

What a wonderful treasure you have there! Think how good their eyesight must have been!

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

Oh WOw ... what a find!! This is awesome!