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Welcome to Prospero's Blog! My wife Mollie and I work together in our Rough Magic studio on the coast of Maine. I've always loved old books, memorabilia, curiosities and Americana (especially 19th century dramatic literature) and am happy to share my discoveries in my Etsy Shops. Please come by and browse ~ there's just no telling what you'll find!

July 15, 2015

Trouping through Texas - Harley Sadler and His Tent Show

Trouping through Texas 
Well now, what with this, that and the other, it's been quite awhile since I've been here, and it's high time I had my say about something.

So, today I'm giving you a peek into a theatre-history-cum-biography book that's a welcome newcomer to Prospero's Bookshelf.

Written by Clifford Ashby and Suzanne DePauw May and published by Bowling Green University Popular Press in 1982, this entertaining and well written book tells the story of the early 20th century native Texan "hero" entertainer.

At a time in the American Southwest when there was little tolerance between the pulpit and the stage, Sadler became the exception - to the extent that rural preachers called him "as near a certifiable saint as ever emerged from the Baptist Church." And when "Old Harley" came to town, they were known reschedule their regular Wednesday night services to avoid competing with his performances.

This delightful paperback is 187 pages long and well illustrated with black and white photographs.

It measures 9 x 6 inches and is in very good condition.

©2015 ProsperosBookshelf

February 18, 2015

Think Spring! Plan Your Garden!

Perennials: Illustrated Encyclopedia of Gardening
With several feet of snow on the ground and another wintry blast predicted, what better time to curl up with a steaming cup of whatever warms your heart and start planning your springtime garden?

No better time, says Prospero!

To get started, take a peek at this wonderful vintage book, offered by Prospero's Bookshelf. 

A vintage hardcover book, Perennials: Illustrated Encyclopedia of Gardening, was published in 1981 by the American Horticultural Society and is beautifully illustrated throughout with splendid color photos and charming drawings.

You'll read about ...
The Traditional Flowers 
Planning a Perennial Garden
Basic Care and Culture
The Art of Perennial Gardening

And there's handy Plant Selection Guide and an Index

So ... grab a pencil and paper and start sketching and taking notes, because ...

... you'll be donning your gardening gloves, grabbing your trowel
and digging in the dirt before you know it!

©2015 ProsperosBookshelf

December 7, 2013

Stocking Stuffers from the Etsy Maine Team

Ho Ho Ho!

Ah, it's that time of year again, and to welcome the "stocking stuffing" season, I've curated an Etsy Treasury brimming over with small and wonderful gifts from members of the Etsy Maine Team!

To see more treasures - handmade gifts, vintage finds and craft supplies - from the 765 members of the Etsy Maine Team click on the Chickadee in the Team Logo at the top of this page!

©2013 ProsperosBookshelf

June 27, 2013

Goodbye to Google Reader. What now?

A big change is coming to Blogger! Good or Bad? It's up to you.

The bad news: As of July 1, the Google Reader will be a thing of the past, which means you won't be able to use it to follow new blogs or see posts by your favorite bloggers.

The good news: All is not lost. There's another Reader on the scene -! After an easy sign up, with Facebook or by email, a simple click of a button will automatically import all the blogs you already follow to the bloglovin' reader.

But make it snappy! July 1 is just around the corner, and you don't want to miss even one new blog post!

To continue following my blog, look to the right side bar -------------->>>

Click the white "Follow this blog with bloglovin'" button, and we're all set!

More good news! It's easy to add the button to your own blog:

Although a relatively inactive blogger in recent weeks, I've got big plans for the future of Prospero's Bookshelf, so please click that white button to continue (or start) following me - with the fabulous new Reader at!

Meanwhile, many thanks to you, my loyal, intrepid followers.

See you soon - on bloglovin'.

And that's Very Good News indeed!

©2013 ProsperosBookshelf
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