Funk & Wagnalls New Standard Dictionary Of The English Language

I bought this behemoth of a dictionary at Goodwill thinking I would use it for art.  Now that I have it home though, I don’t think I can do it.  It’s in rough shape, its binding is held together with tape, it has issues, but I can’t bring myself to dismantle it.

It’s 8 years shy of being an antique, has 2,808 pages and is 5 inches thick.

I doubt anything I could make with it would be worthy of it.


How many different fingers passed over the pages searching out words? My imagination runs wild pondering it’s past.

Would further destroying it in the name of art be a crime?  For now and perhaps forever it sits on my shelf untouched.


Filed under Feeling Fartsy, Goodwill

10 responses to “Funk & Wagnalls New Standard Dictionary Of The English Language

  1. Joan Kellogg

    My daughter Victoria loves old books. She is a huge reader. 🙂

  2. amanda

    keep it! it’s too cool to destroy.

  3. Flossie Roberts

    Amy, I love the way you think! That is a very cool treasure. I’d keep it intact as well.

  4. JR

    I have the exact same dictionary. I was thinking of making a collage of all the cool illustrations throughout. Im with you though, i just dont know if i can ruin a book.

    • It’s such a cool book. It feels like a crime to have all the cool stuff locked inside where hardly anyone sees it, but it also feels like a crime to destroy it, even if it’s for the sake of art. It’s a conundrum.

  5. Anna-Marie

    Hallo ek sal graag wil weet hoeveel is daardie Standard dictionary of the english language by funk and wagnalls werk.dis baie ou boeke wat in 1893 gedruk is

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