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Historical Archive

THIS is the recess page - somewhere to rest when you are too tired (or like me, too poor!) to shop. So how's about a little history?

P. S.: This page will be under construction for some time, so step around the debris and catch whatever links you can! Sometimes we have to scavenge for the scraps of history, chipping away at the sources until we find some structure . . .






Visiting my great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather, Lieutenant Robert Sanford (1655-1728). Ancient Burying Ground, Hartford, Connecticut (located and photographed on a bitterly windy afternoon with the help of several friends, November 29, 2003).


Will you walk with me
through the snow down to the main creek?
Season's Greetings to friends and family

December 25, 2002


And from last year,
Christmas at Magic Point, 2001



a first anniversary:   WORLD  DAY



DECADE. An Informal Glance Backward Over Ten Years in Business, 1981 - January 9 - 1991.

Seventy-seven favorite items sold during my first decade in business. Click here - or on the picture - to read the catalog.



MORMON BOOK COLLECTING articles which I wrote in the early 1990s, offering general theory & perspective and a few practical observations. An easy place to start if you are just beginning:

1) "Mormon Book Collecting," centering on the first-edition Book of Mormon, why people collect such things, and what makes it so expensive.

2) "The Collecting Urge." Collecting is for everyone: you don't have to be rich.

3) "Finding Rare Books." Where to get this stuff? (Warning - written before the days of eBAY or general use of the Internet. Yes, there was life even then!)






Pictures at the top of this page: A little nostalgia, showing the proprietor of this site on the farm in Boise, Idaho, about 1950. An LDS chapel now stands on the precise spot where I once stood. Other pictures show the subject lounging on a WWII campcot in the woods near Idaho City, ca. 1964, and enjoying a Christmas dinner in France, around 1968. Much older but obviously no wiser, he is seen on the roof during the spring of 2001, preparing the chimney for resurfacing.