Her Portrait and the Departmental Ditties

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On a recent vintage expedition (where the bounty was not nearly as fruitful as I hoped) I was lucky enough to come across this small book of poetry, Departmental Ditties by Rudyard Kipling.

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I adore old books. I like the smell of old books. I love how they feel. Also, I WILL judge a book by its cover. Vintage book covers are just so very beautiful. I am often inspired by their motifs and colors.

It is a very, very wonderful thing when the book on the outside is lovely however inside the true treasure awaits!

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For you see…this vintage poetry book also has inside some poems from the original owner of the book. A man named Maurice. This book was originally purchased from Lippman, Wolfe, & Co. Booksellers right here in Portland! Who are you Maurice? Who was this lady you wrote of?

It saddens me so much that his penmanship is so difficult for me to decipher! I can however make out a few lines…

“She is all the world to me

As she stood before me

I can see her now”

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