Jeff Starck of Coin World writes:
I couldn't help but notice the reference in this story to coin collecting books being among the books that Ohio Bookstore in Cincinnati is
rebinding. E-Sylum readers may want to check this place out when in town. It is huge!
Independently owned bookstores are like great-grandparents: You’re happy they’re still around, even if you’re not quite sure how they do it. And
while we can’t speak on behalf of thriving senior citizens, we do know why the Ohio Book Store has managed to establish itself as a Cincinnati
staple: Good books, great people, and exceptional bookbinding.
Yes, bookbinding—and book repair. Owned and operated by Jim Fallon and his two sons, Jim Jr. and Mike, the 74-year-old bookstore is home to around
325,000 new and used books and magazines and has specialized in the craft of bookbinding since the early 1980s. Although “bookbinder” sounds like it
would’ve gone the way of the milkman and the travel agent by now, the Fallon family is busier than ever.
“Right now we’re backed up several months with orders from all over the country. We’ve been fortunate to stay busy,” says the elder Jim
Despite the fact that the store has four floors crammed floor-to-ceiling with books and magazines, it’s the basement—the entrance to which is
located in the middle of the first floor—that caught our attention. Packed with centuries-old tomes and large, iron machines, it’s very tempting to
describe it as a lair, but there simply aren’t enough steps, and it has fluorescent lighting. Still, this is where the magic happens.
It’s down here where the Fallons spend their days artfully restoring the bindings we’ve worn out and immersing themselves in the ways we’ve tried
to keep our pages together. Whether it’s sheepskin, imitation leather, needle and thread, linen, or glue, each book brings a new story and a new
challenge to the Fallons’ basement. Hence, there is no “one way” to bind a book. “It depends on the book. When it was made determines how it was
originally bound, which determines how we’ll approach the rebinding process—that’s what makes it interesting,” Jim Jr. says.
The Ohio Book Store’s bindery knows few limitations. Its clients cross the country and range from individuals and collectors to libraries and
museums. They send in family Bibles, photo albums, coin collecting books, more family Bibles, advertising pitches, and of course, nearly every type
of book—in all states of disrepair and readiness for rebirth.
Sometimes, opening a book can change your life; other times, the binding breaks from sitting on a shelf far too long and it falls apart in your
hands. Luckily, the Fallons can help you with both.
Ohio Book Store, 726 Main St., downtown, (513) 621-5142, ohiobookstore.net
The article has a nice sidebar with "do-it-yourself" tips for restoring old book. Step 7: "Attach the spine to the
book block and put it back on the shelf for another 200 years." -Editor
To read the complete article, see:
The Ohio Book Store’s Basement Business is
To read the complete do-it-yourself article, see:
How To: Restore An Old Book
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