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Decoding Ed's Writings
Original "A Book In Every Home"?
edited March 18
I recently acquired what I thought was an original ABIEH and there are a few surprises...
Unfortunately this isn't an original, I have this "version" also and posted a few years ago in order to compare with the other versions
These pictures are of Ed at various ages
Pictures of Ed at 49 or earlier would be appropriate
Ed is older when pointing to his personal information and with the flywheel
Would you say this version was produced and published by Ed? He has referred to himself in the 3rd person on another occasion. This version also includes the specs/stats pages in the back...
The stats page was produced by Levin, he also added the additional preface to A Book in Every Home in another version providing a mini history lesson on Ed leading up to his death.
There was an anniversary editon in the 1970s with reproductions of Eds postcard
Ed took several photos and ensured that he placed the title "Rock Gate" in them also
Ed moved "Ed's Place" in 1939, that leaves only 3 years to sell or give away copies of A Book in Every Home. The versions produced in 1936 and a few years after are extremely rare
The version you posted has two photos from Ed's Place, the front cover and the last photo inside the book. The rest are from the current site Rock Gate Park
I don't doubt for a second that Ed changed the photos over time to incorporate new images from Rock Gate Park
On the forum there is another thread stating that it is the original version of A book in every home. The problem with that version is a photo showing Ed constructing Rock Gate Park
The closest to the original is the one you are offering on your site, or at the Coral Castle Shop - the dimensions are smaller also
It is documented Ed purchased land and had the intention to move, this was in 1937.
His tools were ready to transport in 1938(Mr. Can't is dead)
So even the book that this site and coral castle shop sells isn't the exact original, since it shows Eds living quarters under construction. That being said it is still closest to the original
The photo above with Ed at the wheel, I believe the white strip in the background, the one that clarifies the hook above the wheel is the original ROCK GATE sign shown in the postcards. He may have placed the sign vertically here for a number of different reasons or perhaps that was just the best place for storing it?
I believe you're right Ones
It looks like the sign, the white background gives emphasis on the chain and J hook
Thank you for the clarification. Thats also a really cool picture of Ed and the telescope I don't recall ever seeing. Is there a story behind it?
Good eye on that sign
, I think I have that postcard somewhere
I wonder where that sign ever went? (ROCK GATE) My guess is it was of the same material as the 5un door. The original ABIEH may be in the thousands of dollars range, here is something i posted a while back elsewhere, I wonder if it pertains to ABIEH? " From the band "Tool"'s newsletter Oct. 2001 So apparently this book of Edward Leedskalnins would have been in the thousands of dollars range for Mike Patton to be stopped at airport, where did the seller disappear to? Do the notes really exist? Did Mike receive them and not tell anyone?
The platinum writing on those plastic strip's in money. Knew a guy who would pay you to remove those strip's from bills just so he could travel with large amounts of cash. Still trips me out they can see what you are smoking from space by the radiation different things produced when burned. I honestly think people should have 3 cookbooks in every home.
I found it online a few years ago
That's really neat about Tool. I browsed through their other posts from 2001, really cool. They have a way of saying things but not. I'm particularly interested in Rennes, the Holy Grail is there
It must be Abieh, there isn't much room to write notes in Magnetic Current.
To be detained at the airport means he was transporting over 10k for a book.
I know EDM has a diverse background in terms of knowledge, was this all his own ingenuity? Or did he have a book with notes to help him along.
We can only speculate
A few years ago, I was searching old auctions in an archive
I came across one auction that was interesting
All displayed copies below are fake with the exception of A Book in Every Home
The extensive discoloration and the books dimensions shows its age