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Topic: Old books, should I cut them up???  (Read 2576 times)
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« on: October 09, 2008 05:30:53 PM »

Where they came from: Years ago, my grandpa saw some hanging book shelves at a garage sale.  The lady told him that he'd have to take all the books if he wanted the shelves.  He agreed and bought the shelves and hung them in his garage (it's relatively big and has no door).  He never got rid of the books or used the shelves.  They've just hung there for years.

How I got them: My grandparents don't care what happens to the books so, randomly, when I'm there, I go through them and I'll take a couple.  They're all really old (I've gotten one or two from the 1930's out of there).

My Problem: These three were the last ones that I got.  They're georgous.  I absolutely love old books.  I already have eight others that I've brought home and never read.  They're all just so pretty.  I got these three with the intention to cut out the centers and make them into a box and line it with velvet.  After I got home, I opened them up to look at the copyright date, only to find that the bottom one is from 1942, the middle one is from 1948 and the top one is from 1960.

Let me tell you about them before you decide what I should do.
The bottom one: is called Van Loon's LIVES.  It's about different famous people in history and his meetings with them (fiction of course).  He drew all the pictures in it and it's a relatively long book.  A little over 600 pages, I think.

The middle one: Is called Ghandi Lives.  Obviously about Ghandi and has several pictures of him.

The top one: Is called Come With Me Home.  I don't know anything about it.  All three of these books are in really great condition.  Especially since they've been sitting in an open garage, covered in dust and bugs for as long as I can remember.  Now, on to the pictures.

All Three of them:

Van Loon's Lives:

Ghandi Lives:

I'm torn between cutting them up to make a box and keeping them.  My husband already doesn't like the other like... 8 that I have lol.
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« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2008 07:25:45 PM »

I say cut 'em up. Its not like there is a lot of sentimental value, since they weren't originally your grandparents'. If you won't read them it makes more sense to me to make something you will use. And the boxes'll be pretty too. Maybe you could save some of the better pics for a decoupage project or something?

« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2008 08:43:12 PM »

dont cut them up, someone might cherish them.  have you thought of selling them on ebay?
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2008 08:45:10 PM »

Yah. I already checked eBay.  They're not worth anything.  There was like 10 of Van Loon's Lives and none of them over $10.
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2008 11:49:34 PM »

well in that case they would make a nice box with the velvet.
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« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2008 09:09:56 AM »

I love reconstructed books so I say cut away.  Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2008 02:22:59 PM »

I love cutting up old books!  Get the scissors out and have fun!

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« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2008 08:47:54 PM »

Save the insides to wrap small gifts!

« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2008 12:43:16 PM »

My vote is use them for something cool. My sister-in-law uses old pages for her artwork, she is a real life artist in Minpls and she paints right on them they look cool. I have 6 old hard cover Hymnals from hubs church growing up Do I cut those??

« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2008 12:46:09 PM »

I just remembered those new fancy gift bags on that expensive recycle site. Try to figure out how to fuse them and make gift bags
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