Taken sometime between 1981 and 1987, this picture shows a younger Jane and Mr. Bob with one of our nephews. It was in our third location and one I liked a lot, in spite of its being darker than the other places from which we peddled books.
You can see in the first photo, that silhouettes were painted all around the walls. I thank Mr. Bob for that; when I told him of my vision but said I didn't know how it could be done, he assured me that he'd see to it and indeed he did. Over the front door we put the gypsy scene, satisfying my fascination with people who were always happily on the move.
Soon after we moved to that location, the Whittier earthquake put a crack right through the painting. We lived with it that way for years before fixing it, much to Mr. Bob's anguish. I tried to tell him that Mexican restaurants paid someone to create that effect, but he was never convinced.
Our monthly newsletter bore the name SILHOUETTES and Christopher designed a series of six bookmarks. If nothing else, I learned in that 37 years, that one can't be subtle with the public. Even our employees didn't notice that on the lower right, the picture varied, from a perfectly flawless egg, to a tiny crack, to a gosling finally emerging and in the sixth bookmark, the baby appears over on the left hand side and the mama (the white goose) bends over to greet him. We had a contest once and any customer who could bring in all six bookmarks received a prize. There was only one winner......a 12 year old boy.
We held a weekly storytime and I find it poignant that our youngest grandson won't agree to my reading him a book. Admittedly, he has two parents that do a fine job of storytelling, but how I would love to be a bookish grandma.
So many stories could be told about the things that happened in Once Upon a Time.
Around the corner from our bookshop was the office of a Certified Public Accountant who, as a hobby, restored old bicycles. He asked if he could use our shop display window to surprise his wife with her birthday gift when they took their nightly walk. Of course our answer was in the affirmative.
(to be continued)