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Huge Books

On the wonderful blog Retronaut, this intriguing image is twinned with a caption vague to the point of inscrutability. To wit,

c. 1940s:
Man with books

The whole thing is rendered even more mysterious by the fact that the individual in question is obviously a woman. Or at the very least a man in tweedy drag. But more to the point, WHAT ARE ALL THESE ENORMOUS BOOKS? In the grand tradition of the Tootsie pop, the world may never know.

 

9 COMMENTS

9 Comments

  1. Ro Rainwater | November 13, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Mrs. Borrower afield?

  2. Aaron | November 13, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    They’re pretty obviously antiphonaries, for use in church services by the choir and cantor. You can even see the musical notations in the one she’s holding open.

  3. Moses | November 13, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Aaron, It’s so obvious I didn’t even bother noting it! Jeesh.

  4. Anna | November 13, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    This picture come from archives of Prague castle, photo by M.Peterka.
    Source : http://lostandfoundinprague.tumblr.com/post/48630950325/from-archives-of-prague-castle-photo-by-m-peterka

  5. Sadie Stein | November 13, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Thank you, Anna and Aaron!

  6. Shelley | November 14, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Prague?

    Imagine Kafka looking at that picture….

  7. Jessy Randall | November 14, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    I contacted the Prague castle archives asking about this image, and I’ve just received a reply from the head archivist, Martin Halata, who tells me the photograph is not from their institution.

  8. SimplyParis | November 15, 2013 at 10:30 am

    That is a really huge book, I wonder what language is it using, would it still be English or just hard to read symbols.

  9. chris | November 16, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Maybe They’re bound newspapers?

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