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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Map of the Manor of Renselaerwick - 1767

This is an 1767 map of the Van Rensselaer Manor, which included what is today the Rensselaer Plateau. In 1631 Kiliaen van Rensselaer received title to a vast spread of land which included most of what is today Rensselaer County.

From the top left corner of the map:

of the Manor of Renselaerwick
Surveyed and Laid Down
By a Scale of 100 Chains to an Inch 
by JN. R. Bleeker, Surveyor
(Reduced to 200 chains to an inch)

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Courtesy Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Archives

Friday, July 15, 2011

The Specialist

The Leaning Tower
I was studying our privy the other day -- the Leaning Tower -- and recalled a humorous book I once read called The Specialist. That led to the acquisition of a copy of this out-of-print book, signed by Chic Sale to Clarence Bricker, Unit Manager on the 1932 Sale film 'When a Fellow Needs a Friend," from I've scanned the title page, inscription and illustrations of this 32 page gem below as well as a reading by the humorist Jean Shepard.

The Specialist - Part I
Read by Jean Shepard

The Specialist - Part II
Read by Jean Shepard