When my mom was visiting last week she brought over some books that she had found in their basement. If I've ever grumbled about how my parents had books that I wanted to use for art purposes, these are (almost) the books I was looking for. The ones I remembered were in my grandpa's shop/garage and were all old train books. Oddly enough, these are train books from my other grandpa. Like I said, there's railroads on both sides of my family - q.e.d. :)
As far as I can tell, he bought them from somebody at a garage sale or something - Fred Ackerland was the original owner and Robert Houx was my grandpa. Fred Ackerland (or is it Ackerlund?) must have been a teenager or so because there's a ton of random stuff stuck into the books with him practicing his signature. Isn't there a certain age where you are really interested in making your signature look cool?
Anyway, I've only just started scanning things out of these but I thought you might enjoy a small selection. I love that my grandpa left them all in there too.
Oh, and the Ryan Hotel is still there :)