Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Wigwagging And Akimbo

 I went to a yard sale on Saturday. I didn't find anything really good, except for this book. It was on the free pile. 
I thought I'd do something with the pages.
But then I really looked at it.
 It has some fun pictures.
Like this camera.

And the bunny rabbit. 
It's also education. I had no idea what wigwagging was until I saw the definition in this old dictionary. And surprisingly enough, The definition has nothing to do with a guy waving his toupee around.
No.
It's this. 
So much more practical 
than waving a hairpiece.
And now you know the definition, too. 
You're welcome. 

This is probably my favorite picture. Although, I was thinking that akimbo would mean something something a little less...controlled. 
And then I saw the copyright date. 
1935. 
It seems a shame to cut up a book that's so old an still in pretty decent shape. 
So here it sits. With some other old books. 
Maybe I'll find a crappy old paperback dictionary some day and I'll be able to cut the pages out of it. 
Do you have a hard time cutting up books, too? Or is it just me?

Thanks for reading!


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18 comments:

Smallgood said...

I usually have no problem cutting up an old book, but that one is especially great from the covers to the illustrations. It fits perfectly with your other old books.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

what a great free find!

Marilyn said...

I bought a cookbook once that had tiny pictures above each recipe and then I noticed the art was by Andrew Warhol!!! I've seen the book many times since so I guess it's not really rare!!

Jess said...

I love the looks that people get with the cut up pages, but it just makes me cringe to think that they actually cut them out of a book. I am an avid reader and as a child we didn't have a lot of books so they were all so precious. I still 'save' books, just can't help it. And I have stumbled upon so many great reads by doing so.

Korrie Bastian said...

I have been collecting a few old books that I won't cut up--old editions of Ben Hur, Beautiful Joe, and Anne of Avonlea. Once I destroyed an old math book, and that hurt my husband's soul! ;-)
I would have had a hard time tearing up that dictionary, too!

Red Gate Farm said...

I even love the cover and the type! I'm kind of glad you're saving it, at least for now. I don't think I've seen a dictionary quite like that one... mine are adult and boring :)

~Chris

PS I agree with akimbo... I always pictured it as kind of wild and uninhibited!

Dagmar said...

I feel the same way..the best ones are the condensed Readers Digest..lots and lots of those around and they have beautiful covers under the dust jackets....those aren't so hard to cut up..at least not for me❤

The Boston Lady said...

I love this book and COULDN'T cut it up - I have trouble doing it and haven't done it much. Those vintage pictures and terms are wonderful. Perhaps you could scan them and use them in some kind of project. Even simply framed, they would be neat! Ann

Battfam said...

I'm with the Boston Lady. Enlarge them or scan them and come up with something great to do with them. I'm sure you can think of something.

NanaDiana said...

I have a terrible time destroying boos. Even the fad that has people tearing the covers off books kind of makes me a bit sad....but that is just me!

That akimbo illustration? That is the exact pose my teacher struck during vocabulary lessons. Maybe the school had that same book?

Hope you are having a good day-xo Diana

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Nope, can't do it. I've bought a few old books to cut up, but then I looked at the date and illustrations and couldn't start tearing pages out. Wigwagging, huh. Never heard of it before.

gail wilson said...

suzanne--happy to hear you didn't cut up that dictionary! I've learned some new words!

gail

Laurel@chippingwithcharm said...

It looks great sitting there on your shelf...and those definitions made me smile. I do take books apart...sorry!! But I try to use ones that are either not "that" old or that are otherwise falling apart. I almost always buy them in the 15 cent bin at the Goodwill...cuz I figure I need to "rescue" them and make them "pretty". Do you all forgive me??? :)

cndesigns said...

I probably wouldn't cut up this dictionary either...but then I actually read dictionaries. (I know, I'm nuts! But I LOVE reading!)

I have taken apart books occasionally as well as taking covers off...but it's usually only paperbacks. There are TONS of hardcover books out there that are "safer" to cut up to use for crafts. Old high school and college texts that are of a subject matter than changes frequently, for example. Thrift stores don't often take them; library re-sales also won't. These are the ones that you can use for crafting without too much guilt :-)

The children's classroom dictionary you have is great BTW!

Julie @ followyourheartwoodworking said...

I have a similar dictionary that I found while clearing up my mom's house. The cover and spine is completely separating from the pages, so I have no problem using them, although I haven't yet. I like how there are drawings every so often and on the page you showed there is a collie dog, I have two of them, so smiled at that!

A Cottage Muse said...

I don't blame you for not tearing that one apart...the pictures are great! Sounds like you are having some fun using some old fashioned words too!

Bliss said...

My booster seat at the table was a dictionary. Not that same one, but it did have the finger "cut outs" to get to the pages you wanted. Does that make them akimbo?

~Bliss~

maureen at Cottage 960 said...

Shut up! That gorgeous old book? For free? Fabulous deal. I'd wait for another book to cut up, I agree, that one is too gorgeous inside and out. I love the spine also. Keep looking, I find old dictionarys all the time. And I cut them up. :)

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