Tuesday, October 2, 2012

A Blast from the Past!

I went to a book sale this morning and look what I found!

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Two old Nancy Drew books…one from 1930 and one from 1948, both a ‘little’ before my time.

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But oh what memories they hold for me.

We had the most beautiful library when I was growing up!

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And the nice thing is…it’s still there! Built in 1903…a ‘lot’ before my time, it stays in my memories!

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I found these images HERE !

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I can still remember where the Nancy Drew books were when I was a child…walk in, turn left, walk all the way to the left…Nancy Drew. I loved to read even as a child and walked to the library every week. One of these days when we are traveling, I’ll stop and visit my old library. (I did the last time I was there!)

Go to this Nancy Drew website HERE !

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It’s awesome!

When I was going through a hard time about 20 years ago, I read some of my old Nancy Drew books and they brought me comfort. How long has it been since you read one?

51 comments:

Vee said...

Now having a couple of rows of vintage Nancy Drew books on my shelf, I really should try rereading one just to see if they are as fun as I used to find them. Love the old graphics! I'm chuckling at the library corner stone erected by on solitary woman I guess. Too cute! They needed to hire a proofreader.

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

I loved Nancy Drew books and I always asked for her books for birthday and Christmas gifts. At one time I had the complete collection of her first 45-50 books, but I sold it when I needed money for a car. I wish I still had that collection now tho.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

LOVE this post....I read one about three years ago or so when Shelley was in fifth or sixth grade. We read The Hidden Staircase! ;P

Great finds at the book sale....

Susie said...

I can remember reading some old Nancy Drew stories. Mom never allowed us kids to go to the library. But my daughters went all the time and joined reading clubs through the summer. Now my sister and I walk to the library and buy books from the sale tables. :):) I think our mom was afraid we would tear up something and she would have to pay for it. She should have known better...we were the good kids in our neighborhood. Smiles, Susie

Lily Bets said...

Hi Diane,thank you for you kind comment,sometimes the day is black even if the sky is blue...but it is only a day.

cucki said...

Great find at the book sale..I love her books too
Have a lovely day xxx

Denise said...

Thanks for telling us about the web site.I'll check it out right now.The start of a new collection?My sister did have a shelf of them. Hugs Denise

maddyrose said...

The Nancy Drew books were some of my favorites and I believe they are what gave me a love for mystery novels. I can't remember the last time I read one.

Jeanne said...

Nancy Drew was not in my library when I was growing up (50's & 60's) so these are the issue's that we found in used bookstores. Certainly dated and before my time, we often made fun of her speedy little roadster, but we avidly read and collected them!! Loved seeing the end papers again!

Trace4J said...

Oh you are a lucky duck.
Love Nancy Drew and all old books.
Treasures for sure.
Happy Fall
Trace

www.grannytracescrapsandsquares.com

Della said...

I loved Nancy Drew, too! I still have one of my books, The Bungalow Mystery :)

Chatty Crone said...

I had books 1 thru 52 and gave them away when I was younger - so dumb! I loved them.

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

My daughter has a huge collection. They were her favorites as a girl.

BECKY said...

Oh, Nancy Drew!! Fabulous memories! I haven't tried to read one in years, but they give me comfort just being on my book shelf...and I also have a couple old Bobbsey Twins...passed down to me from my "much" older sisters! :D

It's All Connected said...

I read every single Nancy Drew book in the library. I think there were close to 100 at the time! Do you remember the Nurse Cherry Ames books that were out at the same time? ~ Maureen

Jane and Chris said...

I have never read one. I don't remember them in the UK..is it a N. American series?
Jane x

Fran. said...

Oh my goodness I am a Nancy Drew freak! I have her books and have even been in a couple of swaps that were going on at the time. I read them still when I have time usually on my vacation! LOL I have tags I've made and tags and ATC others have made and sent to me. I have a collection I have started again as my Mom gave mine away to my cuzin. My family calls me Nancy Drew cuz I am always trying to figure things out! Nosey maybe! LOL Anywhoo thanks for sharing a kindred spirit post!! XOXO Fran.

Freckled Hen said...

I read Nancy Drew growing up but my heart was dedicated to the Bobbsey Twins. I love your library memories, hope you are well, friend!

AntKaybe said...

I could sit on the floor and dig through dusty old vintage piles of books all day long. The style & artwork are a lost art.

Ginger Zuck said...

My lord, it's been years, probably since school days. I use to love her though! Thanks for the memory jolt! Have a great day.

Linda R said...

I know this is sad to say. But I don't think I have ever read Nancy Drew books. I know my sister loved them.. Maybe I should try one now.

Hugs~

laurie said...

how long has it been since I read Nancy Drew, about a week, ha ha, I , like you, find comfort in old reads, this is an amazing find, very valuable probably

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Oh my gosh, I can't remember when was the last time I ever read Nancy Drew! I'd have to say that I preferred the Bobbsey Twins, tho.
That is a beautiful library and it looks very well kept up.

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

I loved reading ND books, she seemed so with it, and clever. Remember their club, Bobwhites, of the glen...

sigh.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful memories of your childhood library and Nancy Drew books. I couldn't even guess how long it's been since I read one...many, many moons ago.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I recently found some of my old Nancy Drew books. I mostly read them from the library but my parents did buy me a few. I am like you and have always loved to read. Now I think I'll pull one out and read it cause it's been so many years I can't even remember. Hugs, Linda

Anonymous said...

YIKES!!! It has been years since I have thought about Nancy Drew. When I was a kid I was in the Nancy Drew Book Club and would receive two books each month. I would have them read in a couple of days and then had to wait the rest of the month for new ones. I loved them!!!!

Thanks for bringing back the memory of some wonderful childhood
days spent engrossed in a good mystery.

hugs!
Carol

The Boston Lady said...

When my daughter was in third grade! I was a huge Nancy Drew reader when I was young and had every one collected in my bookcase. Sadly they were lost, and all my other books to a fire. Books are treasures and I can see why those books brought you comfort - back to a time when things were simple and good (at least from your memory probably). How nice that you found those older editions. Priceless. Ann

Rebecca said...

I love love Nancy Drew! What a SCORE! I grew up loving our library...and I LOVE LOVE LOVE to read today!

xoRebecca

Kim K. said...

How fun! I still like to revisit my childhood Nancy Drew books. It's been fun sharing them with Emma. I've been tempted to throw a Nancy Drew themed birthday party or Halloween party. Wouldn't that be fun!!

marie said...

I have a couple vintage Nancy Drew books including The Hidden Staircase. These were some of my very favorite books to read when I was growing up! Nice find!

Susan said...

How lucky for you--I had these when I was younger, but after I got married, I honestly don't know what happened to them. I continue to look for them at flee markets, yard sales, thrift stores, etc. She was my heroine!

Elaine said...

What a lovely find, especially as they took you down memory lane. I'm sure I read a couple of Nancy Drew books when I was young, but I was more into horse riding adventure books!

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Cheryl K said...

I still have a couple of Nancy Drew books, but I have to admit I much rather enjoyed watching "The Hardy Boys - Nancy Drew Mysteries" on TV because I had a crush on Shaun Cassidy.

Introverted Art said...

what an amazing finding! And they look in very good condition as well.

Karen Harvey Cox said...

Oh, you just brought me back to our little house on Kenneth Avenue in Baldwin N.Y. I used to devour every Nancy Drew book I could find. I could get so lost in her mystery tales. My mom always said I was Nancy Drew, because I was always researching something or other.


Thank you for the inspiration. Now I'll follow you link.

Karen

Pat Kelly said...

I also loved Nancy Drew and Bobbsey Twins! I go to the library every week, next time I go, I will look for them!!! Wonderful memories!!

It's Just Dottie said...

Oh! You know how to make my heart beat faster.
I share your love of books.
Smiles, Dottie

Sue@House Pretty said...

Wow, you're taking me back! I loved Nancy Drew, myself!

sandy said...

I also loved Nancy Drew and I purchased one myself this summer at an Estate sale. I have yet to read it but now you've inspired me!
Thanks for the memories!
sandy

Lisa Farmer Designs said...

I too am a member of the Nancy Drew Sisterhood. Always wanted them for Christmas and birthdays and have almost the whole set(prior to the 70's) but only 1 of the old ones like you found. Mine are all yellow. I did the EXACT same thing during my "hard time" in 1987 and enjoyed every minute of them again.

T!na said...

We used to have Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys collection. I loved reading them. Then I discovered Agatha Christi....HA.

Ames said...

I read Nancy Drew as a child too! I love reading. You know what they say....."A Woman that reads in bed never goes to bed alone!"
~Ames

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Sweet Bear Creek Whims said...

Love Nancy drew, it has been forever since I picked up one of these books. That library looks so charming, the building is just beautiful...

Hugs
Jody

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SweetPepperRose said...

I think that is so awesome, both the books and that the original library is still there and looking good!

Cranberry Morning said...

What a treasure! I love old books. Nothing like the look and feel of old books. And the library is a beautiful building. So nice it's still there, instead of being torn down to make another Walmart.

cucki said...

Oh you are so lucky ..
Love Nancy Drew and all old books.
Treasure...
Happy Fall to you deary xxx

My Little Home and Garden said...

I used to love reading Nancy Drew books! If only I had her little roadster. :)