The Vintage Preservation Collection #5: Scanned Books

Many sites have done a great job preserving printed materials of the past, and I'd like to point out a few. First, is the 1940s book How to Make Friends by Telephone scanned in its entirety here.

Next up is an amazing gallery of vintage romance novels featuring nurses.  You wouldn't think there'd be so damn many, but there's over three hundred! Even better, the site not only has cover images, but a description and quote from every single one.

Here's a real treat: Life's Greatest Trip by Arthur Blessit.  I wish the scans were a bit bigger and they'd scanned the entire book, but it's so good, I'll take what I can get.  This is hippie religion at its best: - getting "stoned on the Lord" and all that good stuff. It's one drug reference after another, all in the name of Jesus Christ Superstar.


  1. Thanks for the link to Life's Greatest Trip...it's awesome. Gotta find a copy for myself!

  2. Particularly after WWII, and through the 1950s, self help books and pamphlets were all the rage.

    When My grandfather died, he had a whole library of "Dress for Success," and "Rise up the Ladder with a better Vocabulary," type booklets. He also had several "What every educated man should know" type books.

    As for the nursing books, this should not surprise anyone. Romance novels were the exclusive venue of women readers and as Nursing was an exclusive occupation for women (at that time) the connection was only logical.

    I was surprised that Tiny Pineapple did not have any of the "Nancy Nurse" (I think that was the name) series. Books like "Nancy Nurse - Student Nurse" and so on, following her career. I remember seeing these many years ago.

    Thanks for the posts. A good look at social history.

  3. Ah yes, the old nurse books. I did a post early last year about the ones in my collection and how they briefly influenced my life. I was 12 and sick a lot. Fortunately I got over it. Being sick and a nurse.


  4. Reminds me of an old Cheech & Chong gag:

    "I used to be all f----- up on drugs, then I found the Lord. Now I'm all f----- up on the Lord!"

  5. Regarding the nurse novels: The University of Wisconsin library has a collection of over 400, and I'd be willing to bet there are easily twice as many on the market. They are often as fun to read as they are to look at -- I blog about them at www.vintagenurseromancenovels.blogspot.com --