The Ugly American
1960 Secret Vintage Booksafe
by EWilliam J Lederer & Eugene Burdick
The particular secret pocket has a secret message in it that says:
“Don’t judge a book by its’ cover, its not what you see but what you discover!” The chapter heading says “Lucky Lucky Lou”
The perfect decoy to fool burglars! Hide your passport, a gift, jewellery, escape money or pocket money in it!
Foolhouse’s character-filled vintage books are rescued and sourced for their alluring titles and covers – transformed into unique secret treasure book safes. Each one is a limited edition – a one-off! All are given a Foolhouse bookplate so that you can write a message to yourself or dedicate the instant heirloom to a lucky gift recipient!
All books come complete with their original inscriptions or bookplate awards and are personality filled with individual weathering and foxing giving them a unique – all the better to fool those burglars with and easily passed over on the book shelf!
Every Foolhouse booksafe is lovingly carved and glued and enhanced by vintage ribbon bookmarks. Plus, inside every book, a vintage illustration is specifically chosen to line the secret pocket. Some even include a little story written about secrets or secret hiding places, which we have devised ourselves inspired by the illustration on show.
Last but not least most of our booksafes have a meadow of faux grass at the base of the pocket, if the shape allows it but all booksafes contain a wee character to guard all your precious treasures. One can never be too careful!
These Foolhouse Secret Vintage Booksafes are a unique bespoke gift for anyone of any age. The rectangular cutouts are loved by adults, children and teens to hide their precious treasures in, ipods, iphones or pocket money – and to look like they’re reading when playing on their screens!
Some are able to hide a passport, pills, contraception, love notes or anything of your musing! (Check pocket measurements for your specific ideas)
These have even been used for hiding engagement rings in as a proposal! Hide your wedding rings inside, Great Uncle Crispin’s war medals, a birthday voucher or gift, or leave it up to the one with the clandestine countenance to decide!
The quirkier shaped carvings lend themselves to hiding appropriate sized secrets to fit
Book pockets vary in depth. This particular book pocket is 15mm deep. 10 x 15.8cm.
BTW. If you’ve managed to read this far, you will find out that I often have many more secret vintage booksafes on my shelf in the studio or in the process of being made-up, so please if you’re looking for something special for someone special, email me at email@example.com and enquire as to what I have that has not made it up onto my website yet. I can send you photos of what i have or I can let you know what custom options can be done to fulfil a special wish.