These are Merriam-Webster school dictionaries from the late 1800s and early 1900s, covering elementary school, junior high school, and high school ages. I also own elementary dictionaries from the 1950s and 1960s.
This is the third edition of the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, published in 1923. M-W began issuing the Collegiate as the largest abridgement of the unabridged International dictionary in the 1890s and released a new edition about every 10 years. The latest is the 11th edition, and the 12th is overdue, perhaps because online resources have changed the face of reference publishing. I have every Collegiate except the 1st, 2nd, and 4th, and I’m always searching for them, an enjoyable quest. This link to the M-W gives brief history of the company and its fine dictionaries. More detailed history is available inside the dictionaries. I keep hoping for a new unabridged — the latest, the Third New International, was published in 1961 — but M-W says its online version is the successor to the latest unabridged, which is understandable. I will always consult my print books.
I like to study the advertisements for other dictionaries in the backs of my old dictionaries.
I keep noticing that the moon in movies is always full. Last night we watched a show where it was full in one scene and still full two weeks later. Someone should tell movie makers that the moon goes through phases and rises at sunset only when it is full. The full moon has good visual appeal, but I love those laser-thin slices just as much.
Flat Luci accompanied me to Schoenbrunn Village on Oct. 16 when I played music for the Colonial Trade Fair.
Schoenbrunn was founded by Moravian missionaries from Pennslyvania in the 1700s to convert Delaware Indians to Christianity. It has been rebuilt and is a historical site.
The fair is held every year on the third weekend of October, and I usually play for the fair, in the church.
The village is just south of New Philadelphia in Tuscarawas County, near the Tuscarawas River. That river rises near Hartville and flows west then south. It joines the Walhonding at Coshocton to form the Muskingum, which enters the Ohio at Marietta.
You can see my photos from last year’s fair on this blog at https://woolgatheringandwiddershins.wordpress.com/2015/10/19/schoenbrunn-village-colonial-faire/.