Fabric bookmark.

Found in "Sanders' Union Fifth Reader" published by Ivison, Blakeman, Taylor and Co., 1867.

There was also this small card:

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Forget Me Not

Valentine, the front reads "Forget Me Not."


From thy Valentine

On Love's own festal day
No distance true lovers can part
And near or far away,
Thou only dost reign o'er my heart

Found in "Samantha at Saratoga" by Josiah Allen's Wife. Published by Lupton, circa 1890.

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Giveaway Winner

This week's winner was K. Henderson, who entered right here on the site.

I will try and get in touch with you shortly, but you can always reach me at

Thanks to all who entered, see you here next week.

Friday Giveaway: 10 Vintage Children's Books - contest closed

Contest now closed, I will announce the winner in a few minutes.

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The Night Is Lovely

I often find goodies tucked away in boxes that aren't books. I'd like to share this old diary I found.

Here is the first page, the author has written in their name and some nice (and historic) details:

Sarah Q. Thomson
Hurricane Hall
Fayette County
June 28th 1875

Here are a few entries:

Sept. 16th - Rainy. Mrs. Frazer called a few minutes. Mal and I spent the day at Mannys

Sept. 17th - Very cool all day. Roger and I went to Lex. and got home a little after noon. Roger went huntin after we ate. Dr. Wasson came on the stage this P.M. Mr. Pettie came this P.M. and left and 1/2 past 10. We met Mr. Frank Houghton on the road; he says Jennie is no better.

Sept. 18th - Cold and rainy all day. This A.M. I cooked some watermelon preserves with lemons. Dr. Wasson is still here.

Sept. 19th - Mr. Thurman preached this A.M. He is agent for Foreign Missions. Mr.s Pettie baptized George Pierson after meeting. Dr. Wasson is still here and Mr. Pette and Mr. Thurman came from the baptism. Mr. left the dinner table and went immly. to Republican. He gave me a note...

Feb. 9th - Last bedtime 10:40. Finished and sent by stage Mr. Pettie's letter. Did not go to prayer meeting.

Feb. 10th - Rec'd 10 pages to letter mailed yesterday. Mrs. Walton and Ellen went to Geo. town at 3 1/2 P.M. Before they started Mrs. W. took me in her buggy to the road gate for the mail and very unexpectedly I rec'd above letter and Rose Catalogue from Dingee and Conard Co. Mrs. W. spent the A.M. in my room. Began reply to this P.M.'s letter

Feb. 11th - Ellen is 19 today. Pa gave her a gold necklace. Miss Mary Haley gave cuffs and collar and wheelbarrow needlebook and silver thimble. Sis and Squire took Ma with them to Rodes (?) to spend today. Very rainy. Pa and Miss Mary went to Lex., Mr and Mrs. Walton to Stanford. This P.M. M(?) Oliver Redd, Geo. Burch, S.R. Smith Jr. and Mrs. Smith and Marie called. Mrs. Frank Houghton died at noon. I finished Mr. Pettie's letter this P.M. All but Pa, Ma and Henry went to the Literary Society tonight, I had to read, was awfully embarrassed. Ben Crenshaw brought me home. The night is lovely. Got home at 11. Last bed time 12.

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Back In Cohoes Again


Reverse side reads:

Florence Conroe (Murth)
now Cohoes NY

Bea's Cousin

Found in "Pattern Poetry" arranged by Richard Wilson. Published by Thomas Nelson, 1945.

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Have A Hearty Christmas

Christmas Card.

Front reads "Hearty Christmas Greetings."

Inside reads:

Just the same wish you've had before
A Very Merry Christmas
I wish the best of all its store
And then I wish it more and more
A Merry, Merry Christmas


Found in "The Works of James Fenimore Cooper: Volume Nine" published by P.F. Collier.

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Debbie Lynn Raymond, who entered on Facebook.

Thanks to everyone for entering, I hope to see you here next week.
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