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Josiah Booknoodle is a used and rare book dealer from the Edwardian Era of the early 20th century who has found that he has been inexplicably transplanted to the 21st century. The Professor has adjusted nicely to the Computer Age, and still actively pursues book selling, presenting a fascinating array of titles in his on-line shops. Josiah says, "Hallo! Books are my life. I have always been selling Books - used, rare and collectible books, paperbacks, paper ephemera, prints, photographs and stamps, etc. I am most at home and most comfortable puttering around in the bookshop, or searching for new stock."

Asked how he feels about finding himself now living in a world completely centered on computer technology and obsessed with Hollywood and 'Reality Show Celebrities', the Professor merely says, "Harrumph".

Further he says,…

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  • Born on April 3
  • Joined April 19, 2011

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Josiah Booknoodle is a used and rare book dealer from the Edwardian Era of the early 20th century who has found that he has been inexplicably transplanted to the 21st century. The Professor has adjusted nicely to the Computer Age, and still actively pursues book selling, presenting a fascinating array of titles in his on-line shops. Josiah says, "Hallo! Books are my life. I have always been selling Books - used, rare and collectible books, paperbacks, paper ephemera, prints, photographs and stamps, etc. I am most at home and most comfortable puttering around in the bookshop, or searching for new stock."

Asked how he feels about finding himself now living in a world completely centered on computer technology and obsessed with Hollywood and 'Reality Show Celebrities', the Professor merely says, "Harrumph".

Further he says, "I've been told I'm an Old-School bookseller. I think that is quite spot-on!"

Professor Booknoodle sells used and rare books, paper ephemera, including stamps and envelopes, antique prints and interesting vintage photographs for the discerning reading and collecting public. Vintage paperbacks and pulp magazine are "guilty pleasures"; and - of course - a handsome binding will turn his head just as easily as an interesting discourse.

There are books for children as well, for the Professor feels it is important to nurture a love for literature and books in the young. The shop is being constantly enriched with new finds.

Now he has joined forces with Mrs. B and together they've opened three different Etsy shops to share with Etsy customers the same choice selection of merchandise that could be found in his old country walk-in store - used and rare books, decorative bundles, old periodicals and journals, prints, sheet music, vintage paperbacks, historic paper ephemera, antique and vintage items of decorative facility or historical interest … and great old vintage vinyl.

The Professor and Mrs. B love old books - the way books look - the way they feel - everything about them, inside and out (including what's written in them, naturally!)

Beautiful bindings are a real pleasure, but sometimes a great book can look as plain as can be. There is nothing under the sun that has not been written about; it is all found between the covers of books.

As to paper ephemera - the Professor considers it a record of the past. Just about everything in society has been communicated on paper in a multitude of forms. Much of this paper, meant only to illuminate a particular moment or event or thing, or printed to serve a mundane purpose, has been lost to the vagaries of time and chance, hence its ephemeral nature. Searching through our environment, one is excavating the past through paper - conducting a sort of paper archaeology, which throws light on past eras. It's often exciting, and always interesting. These fragile paper items speak poignantly and often eloquently to us about the past.

What can be found in paper ephemera? All sorts of things: letterheads, correspondence, advertising, promotional brochures, cooking booklets, almanacs, quack medicine pamphlets, religious tracts ... and lots, lots more - one never knows what may turn up!

Vintage Paperbacks are a particular favorite of the Professor - a holiday pleasure, if you will. Their bright, sometimes garish covers, present a small time pocket illuminating popular taste and style. Think of sidewalk kiosks with the bright covers of paperbacks, created by now famous and collected artists - luring readers in with the promise of an evening's entertainment: thrillers - romances - science fiction - westerns - top stories ...

Professor Booknoodle has the perfect shop to look for the perfect read, or the rare and unusual ... whether it be recent or old, used or antique ... he just might have that book, historical paper item you didn't think you would ever find anywhere. He has been collecting stamps all his life and will occasionally offer small gems of interest to philatelists.

The Professor and Mrs. B are comfortably nestled in a farming community near the historic Chenango Canal, in Upstate New York. This is an area rich in history and antiquarian possibilities. One never know what sort of wonderful items will turn up next.

They pride themselves on the condition of their stock and detail any grievous faults or blemishes to be found in the books. In many cases they are sending them out in better condition than that in which they received them. The dust-jackets of most books which are sent out will be protected by new, acid-free mylar jackets.

They have a well established reputation with excellent feedback elsewhere on line, (over 5,000 feedback at 100%) and look forward to offering the same sort of sterling service here. Professor Booknoodle ran a used and rare book shop in an old village farmhouse for many, many years and brings that experience forward to the net. Mrs. B has a Masters in Fine Art and is accomplished in painting and etching (she is particularly masterful in dry point etching technique). Her expertise and trained eye facilitate spotting the gems in the rough of the market.

The Professor has noticed a change in the complexity of communication and shipping. But his biggest perplexity is, in his own words, "How the deuce did I get shipped to the future?"

We welcome inquiries, and will happily answer any such queries with dispatch and completeness to the best of our knowledge. As a matter of fact, we've established just such a question and answer thread in the Vintage Etsy Society Street Team. I'm happy to answer any book questions , except for "What is my book worth?" or "What price should I put on my book." :
https://www.etsy.com/teams/6269/vintage-etsy-society-street-team/discuss/9280532/

You may enjoy browsing their other two Etsy shops:

You should know we sell vintage objects and book bundles and a great eclectic collection of vintage vinyl LP records also:

Brothertown - The original Time Pocket Shop
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Brothertown

Visit their "Time Pocket" shop for great farmhouse decor, retro fifties and forties finds, antique and vintage paper ephemera, and , of course, old books. Mrs. B's attractively decorative book bundles are a great favorite among Etsy shoppers.

"BrothertownMusic" - User name: BrothertownMusic
http://www.etsy.com/shop/BrothertownMusic

The sound of vintage vinyl can't be beat! Lots of these old records can't be found on CDs. All records are test-played, and the condition of each record and jacket is faithfully reported. Check out the nifty vintage look of the covers - Great for decoration!

Vinyl sounds best, so why not buy the best from Brothertown Music!

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http://pinterest.com/booknoodle/bibliosomethings/

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