A gentle reminder to all Ticknor Society members: next Tuesday, December 11 will be the annual Show and Tell meeting at 6 p.m. at Boston's First Church at 66 Marlborough Street. The popular event serves as a venue for members to share their various and wide-ranging activities as collectors and conservators in the book world.
On the docket is an impressive list of participants. Beth Carroll-Horrocks, a Ticknor Society member and head of Special Collections at the State Library of Massachusetts, plans to discuss her latest pursuit: pin cushion postcards. These early 20th century creations feature a raised, padded pin cushion often shaped to match the subject of the postcard at hand--a heart for Valentine's Day or a wreath for Christmas.
Meanwhile, Bromer Bookseller's Philip C. Salmon will talk about his Seamus Heaney collection and how it has evolved into its present state. Society member Shannon Struble has a trove of Jane Eyre material to discuss, and in a nod to the festive time of the year, Thomas Harakal will give a talk on Charles Dalton's "A Christmas Eve Family Story," a volume designed by typographer Bruce Rogers and privately printed at Riverside Press in 1904 expressly for family members and friends.
Book conservator Marie Oedel plans to share a trove of letters sent to her from a descendant of Anna Eliot Ticknor and the process of transcribing and conserving these delicate papers for future research opportunities. Finally, author and former professional ballerina Nancy Upper will talk about Diggins from many Ampersandhogs, a holiday keepsake published for members of the Typophiles club in 1936.
Comprised of book collectors, booksellers, librarians, historians, and the run-of-the-mill bibliophile, the Ticknor Society (named in honor of Boston-based academic and bibliophile George Ticknor) strives to promote the joy that books bring. The breadth of presentations next week ably adhere's to the Ticknor motto of "suum cuique" (to each is own) and will be well worth the trek into Boston for those able to make it.