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« on: September 08, 2014, 09:47:34 AM »

As some of you might know, my grandfather passed away in January, and we have been working on moving my grandmother. In the course of packing her up, I found 4 old family Bibles that no one wanted. I took two of them and looked online to find more about them.  It turns out that each of them are worth about a couple hundred dollars and have been in the family since the 1800's and were originally my great great grandfathers. This is kind of what they look like, except they are in english.



They are such beautiful books, I just wanted to venerate them as soon as I saw them, but I'm pretty sure my family would have thought I was crazy. The one is kind of in bad shape, so I'm going to take them to a book restoration place to see if they can repair it. I want to pass them down to my kids some day.  It is stuffed with articles of family members who have passed away and with clippings of important live events. I'm usually not a nostalgic person, but these Bibles just kind of instantly clicked with me as if I formed some sort of immediate personal attachment to those who used to own them.  Has anyone else ever had that experience?
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« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2014, 11:15:27 AM »

Wow. That's really, really cool!!!
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« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2014, 12:52:35 PM »

Wowsers!
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« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2014, 01:08:50 PM »

Has anyone else ever had that experience?

Yes.  I have several old bibles that exceed 100 years old, both in English and German.  I even have one that I think is in Polish.  Old service books also interest me.  Sometimes these old books clear up some misunderstandings.  Two of my old German bibles, including one huge one like you show that comes complete with a large picture of Martin Luther on the first page, contain the apocraphal books along with the Old and New Testaments.  One of the old German bibles has bible stories for children in the front that span the whole of the Old and New Testaments, and then the full text of the bible with apocraphal writings, along with other reference materiel.  These old books were designed to be used, not just decorate a coffee table.
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« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2014, 01:47:01 PM »

You might want take the clippings and put them in photo albums before they crumble.
Also, ask your grandmother and other older relatives for any info they remember about the folks in the clippings, and write it down.
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« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2014, 01:57:20 PM »

I'm usually not a nostalgic person, but these Bibles just kind of instantly clicked with me as if I formed some sort of immediate personal attachment to those who used to own them.  Has anyone else ever had that experience?

I haven't come across anything so old, but I treasure the Bible which my father brought with him from India.  When I'm elected President of the United States and the UN General Assembly unanimously appoints me King of the Galaxy, I will be sworn in with that Bible. 
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« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2014, 02:21:39 PM »

Nice!  Smiley  (Though I haven't had that experience)
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« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2014, 03:24:07 PM »

photo albums are a bad idea for paper.


You need archival storage, so that the acid in the photo albums doesn't continue the damage

http://www.universityproducts.com/cart.php?m=product_list&c=1266&navTree[]=1266

I would recommend also either scanning (which does a bit of damage since it uses light) or taking a picture of the clippings....since they may be beyond long term saving and when they turn into dust you might want to remember what they said.

you want something like  http://www.universityproducts.com/cart.php?m=product_list&c=640

and then put -those- in a box (also acid free)

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