Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Even more added Value; Christmas things found in books

This week as a special Christmas treat two Christmassy ‘things’ found in books.

Firstly a pretty postcard with a sad poem;
I saw the little Christ Child lie beneath a Christmas tree… he was not looking at the toys but weeping bitterly:- Sometimes he turned his gentle face, and with a piteous sigh, he watched the animals and birds all passing slowly by….the countless animals and birds. All going, past to die: - horses and calves and silent sheep; ducks, turkeys, chickens too: and lambs that, pleading looked at him and made him weep anew. By Marygold. Message on back reads ‘All kindest Xmas & 1976 wishes’ 
Found in Malcolm Saville's Seaside Book
Secondly a letter sent on the 21st December 1949;
My dear George, I hope you will approve of this birthday present, which seems to me extraordinarily good both as regards letter-press and illustrations; but if you happen to have a copy already, I could, no doubt, make use of it. I hope you have by now thrown of the gastric trouble completely. With every good wish for Xmas and your New Year. Yours P.H.O
Found in Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale's Golden Book of Famous Women

George, if you are reading this I too hope you have thrown of the gastric problem!

The two books featured in this post are now sold, thank you for your interest.


  1. Wonderful finds! Two treasures! The poem touched me deeply. It was written with great emotion. The 2nd - what a kind note to send to someone. Thanks for sharing these.

  2. These are such interesting posts Barbara. I always think its wonderful that you call these finds 'added value' and they are not just tossed out without a thought.

    I can remember the sad poem from the same time (I must have also had a similar Christmas card). It is very touching but I also find it a bit manipulative and disturbing if I am quite honest.

  3. barbaraannefisher21 December 2011 at 13:14

    Donna, The note made me smile; I loved the fact that the sender would be happy to have the book back if the recipient already had a copy.

  4. barbaraannefisher21 December 2011 at 13:20

    Hello Sharon, Interesting how opinions differ, Donna found it moving, I found it sad and you found it disturbing. Actually having read it again it is rather disturbing. I’m not sure I understand what the writer is trying to say, but my overriding feeling is one of sadness.


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Barbara xx

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