“Used Books and Guns” — 1967
by Paula Bosse
Just your typical Texas bookshop….
by Paula Bosse
In honor of my father’s birthday, I give you this great illustration by M. Sasek from his book This Is Texas, an amusing children’s book featuring a tour around Texas. The above is one of the offerings from San Antonio, and it’s accompanied by the following caption:
“San Antonio bookstore. There is all you need if you want to start a long literary argument — or to end one quickly.”
(I don’t know what bookshop this was, but it was real. If anyone knows its identity, please let me know!)
As this book was in my house growing up, I’m sure my father — a bookseller with a great sense of humor and an enthusiasm for firearms — must have seen this and laughed — and seriously considered whether the used books-and-guns combo-shop was feasible.
UPDATE: Thanks to my old friend Rodney H., I now have this photo to post here. I don’t know the source of this photo or where it was taken, but it certainly looks like Sasek’s illustration! (See them side by side, here.) Thanks, Rod!
Miroslav Sasek (1916-1980) was a Czech author and illustrator best known for his fantastic “This Is…” series of books, many of which have been reprinted. More on Sasek here and here.
A previous post I wrote about my father, Dick Bosse, owner of The Aldredge Book Store, is here.
Yes, there WAS a similar bookstore envisioned in a “King of the Hill” episode; read about it here.
I love this book, and even though it was reprinted in 2006, I think it is out-of-print again. There are several for sale here (I’d avoid the copies listed as “fair” or “good.” And make sure you get a dust jacket!)
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Copyright © 2015 Paula Bosse. All Rights Reserved.
Well I grew up over there by Mckinney Ave, near by where a Barbque stand also once stood…+++
We were Troup Gallery by the Quadrangle and Cheatu, and then I would buy books at the Cedar Springs shop, good used books is what Harper Book Store on Elm Street carried, and then the Half Price Ken who was on Mckinney, and Rosen over on Oak Lawn then the All Booked up Bill G over on Oak Lawn, yes books stores that do cater to the finer shod of boots and shoes on the street of Dallas did have their great days….
.Decades of them, Think of your Dads birthday as I do when we think of Happy Birthday for the old Pops…., it is Happy because we all became…..and leave a good book behind for others too read……
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