New Year Greetings


Postcard. Can't recall where I found it, but if there was ever a time to post it, today is the day.

NEW YEAR GREETINGS

All the NEW YEAR may the thing that you do Prosper and flourish and satisfy you.


Reverse:

To Willie + Lula

Wishing you a happy + prosperous New Year with an addition to the family.

Eva, Eddy + children

Have a great 2010 everyone, and thank you for making this place so much fun.

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Since Then

Letter in envelope.

Fri A.M.

Dear Eleanor,
Why do you have to be so mean to me?
That night when I came up you acted swell, but since then, _____

Found in "Nine Days to Mukalla" by Frederic Prokosch. Published by The Viking Press, 1953.

ED: This one should have been found in "Catcher in the Rye," don't you think? That would have been SWELL.
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Now You're Going Places

Amtrak ticket, dated June 12, 1986, from New York - Penn Station to Philadelphia.

Found in "Unnatural Causes" by P.D. James. Published by Warner, 1982.

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Never Wake A Sleeping

Bear? Dog?

Black and white photo, time stamp of June, 1966.

Found in "Reminiscences of Lev Tolstoi By His Contemporaries." Published by Foreign Languages Publishing House, no date, circa 1950s.


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In Solitude, Where We Are Least Alone

Advertisement for a Columbus, OH Buick dealer:

A NEW CAR

can easily be bought with you car to trade.

See me at

COLUMBUS BUICK CO.
Adams 2127 - 288-316 E. Long St.
Columbus Ohio

Found in "The Poems and Plays of Lord Byron" published by Dent/Dutton for Everyman's Library, 1926.


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I Don't Care If You Can't Write Fancy





Quite an interesting one today. The envelope found in the book contained a membership to the Dora Lee Club of Chicago, which appears to be some kind of penpal or dating club. The envelope is dated May 12, 1959.

From the introduction letter (the brown page in the pictures above):

Dear Lonely Member;

Welcome to the club, and to a host of new friends which we are sure will help make a fuller and richer life for you.

You may not like every one, of course, but we are sure your association with this medium will enrich your life to such an extent you will be forever grateful to us for making this arrangement.

This club gives you great scope in selecting a correspondent, and we ask that you notify us as soon as you are suited. Then we will no longer send your name out.

One of the best ways to write a letter to the opposite sex is to tell them about yourself and ask them to tell you something about themselves ~ This forms a powerful word picture. After all that is very important to the other person. Some people have peculiar tastes. And by matter of comparison we must try to match likes and dislikes. This is one of the most fascinating procedures ever undertaken, and so easy after all.

We are often asked why people of wealth enroll in this club. The answer is obvious. People that amass worldly goods stay very busy. Time passes them by; and suddenly they find they are really lonely.

So we say to you now. Write a few letters at once, and soon the real letter is bound to show up, and happiness can be yours.

Sincerely, Director of DORA LEE CLUB


From the first list of women (pink sheet)

*name removed* Philadelphia 48, Pa. Age 31
I'M NOT AN ARTIST BUT WHEN I GO INTO MY KITCHEN TO COOK A MEAL; I DON'T TAKE A BACKSEAT TO NONE. IF YOU DON1'T BELIEVE ME, WRITE ME A LETTER AND PERHAPS I'LL INVITE YOU TO A DINNER AND WHO KNOWS???

*name removed* Pensacola, Fla. Age 34
WHY HURRY, SCURRY AND TRY TO MAKE ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD. I HAVE MY OWN MONEY AND NOW I JUST WANT CONTENTMENT AND HAPPINESS.

*name removed* Auburndale, Fla. Age 36
LIFE IS FUNNY. YOU NO DOUBT CAN REMEMBER TIMES IN YOUR LIFE WHEN YOU WERE HAPPY, JUST DOING NOTHING. I'M THAT WAY I CAN BE HAPPY AND CONTENTED AS LONG AS I HAVE SOMEONE TO JUST CARE FOR ME.

*name removed* Beckley, W. Va. Age 25
LOTS OF MEN HAVE WASTED A LOT OF TIME, IT'S A SHAME, WHILE MANY WOMEN WERE AT HOME GETTING THEMSELVES ESTABLISHED IN A HOME AND AN AMERICAN WAY OF LIFE. IF YOU'RE ONE OF THESE MEN THAT LOVE A HOME; PLEASE WRITE.

*name removed* Paducah, Ky. Age 47
I LIKE A MAN THAT LIKES TO EAT. I GUESS MY MAN WOULD GET FAT AS IT PLEASES ME TO GET IN MY KITCHEN AND COOK A MEAL THAT MELTS IN THEIR MOUTH. DROP ME A LINE.

*name removed* Port Alberni, B.C.,Canada Age 40
DON'T LOSE TIME WHY NOT CONTACT ME IF YOU'RE LONELY. I'M A GOOD HEARTED WOMAN AND MAYBE NOT THE BEST WRITER IN THE WORLD, BUT I CAN DO A LOT FOR THE MAN THAT WOULD TREAT ME RIGHT.

*name removed* Syracuse, N. Y. Age 41
I WANT A LETTER; I DON'T CARE IF YOU CAN'T WRITE FANCY. MAYBE YOUR HEART IS IN THE RIGHT PLACE; I KNOW MINEE IS AND I'M SINCERE AND LONELY. YOU WON'T BE SORRY, TRY ME.

*name removed* Salem, Ore. Age 46
I'VE GOT MONEY BUT NOT HAPPINESS. SOMETIMES I THINK OF SOME PEOPLE I KNOW. THEY DON'T HAVE A THING BUT THEY'RE REAL HAPPY. WHY CAN'T I FIND ME SOMEONE TO LOVE? WE'LL BE HAPPY TOGETHER.

*name removed* Flat Lick, Ky. Age 44
HERE I AM LONELY AND BLUE. WHERE ARE YOU? LET'S GET SOME ACTION; WHY GO ON LIKE THIS; DAYS AND NIGHTS PASS BY; THEN YEARS. DROP ME A LINE.

*name removed* Pinellas Fark, Fla Age 40
I DON'T WANT A ROUGH MAN THAT THINKS HE HAS TO KNOCK A WOMAN DOWN TO SHOW HIS PROWESS. WHY DO THIS; IT TAKES TOO MUCH ENERGY. I'LL COOK HIM GOOD MEALS TO KEEP HIM HEALTHY BUT DON'T USE IT ON ME. I JUST WANT A PLAIN GUY.

KEEP UP WITH THE LISTS FOR BEST RESULTS.


Second list (yellow page):

*name removed* Los Angeles 29, Calif. Age 35
ALMOST ANY MAN COULD MAKE HEADWAY WITH A WOMAN IF HE WAS KIND AND SWEET. I'M ALWAYS WILLING TO LISTEN TO ANYONE THAT TREATS PEOPLE NICE.

*name removed* Shreveport, La. Age 35
I GET BLUE WHEN I'M ALONE. AND I KNOW THAT THE BEST MEDICINE IS TO STAY BUSY. BUT WHAT'S THE USE, MY MONEY WON'T BUY ME HAPPINESS. I'M JUST AS LONELY AS CAN BE.

*name removed* Philadelphia 23, Pa. Age 29
NEVER LET IT BE SAID THAT TWO CAN LIVE AS CHEAP AS ONE. BUT ONE THING FOR SURE IN THIS OLD WORLD. TWO CAN LIVE HAPPIER THAN ONE. IT'S HECK TO BE LONELY.

*name removed* Dexter, Mo. Age 21
IF I HAD A MAN TO COOK FOR HE COULD DO AS HE PLEASED AS LONG AS HE TREATED ME SWEET. I DON"T BELIEVE THAT A MAN SHOULD BE SCOLDED. AFTER ALL A MAN IS THE HEAD OF THE HOME.

*name removed* Crossville, Ill. Age 18
ME, WELL I'LL TELL YOU I'M JUST A ONE MAN WOMAN AND I LIKE THE RESPECT OF A GOOD HARD WORKER. YES, A MAN COULD FIND A GOOD PARTNER RIGHT HERE AND NO QUESTIONS ASKED.

*name removed* Elmira, N. Y. Age 23
SOME WOMEN NAG A MAN UNTIL HE JUST UPS AND LEAVES. IF MY MAN DIDN'T WANT TO CUT THE GRASS THEN I'D CUT IT MYSELF. I'M NOT A NAGGING WOMAN BUT A HELP MATE AND A PAL.

*name removed* Midwest City, Okla. Age 49
I'VE HEARD WOMEN SAY, "WELL I LIKE A NORTHERNER OR A SOUTHERNER." THAT"S THE
SILLIEST THING I EVER HEARD. I WOULDN'T CARE WHERE A MAN CAME FROM.. WHAT"S
THE DIFFERENCE IF HE COMES FROM THE MOON.

Utica 4, N. Y. Age 45
ME, WELL I'M NOT A SPARKLING BEAUTY BUT PEOPLE TELL ME I'M NICE LOOKING AND I KEEP MY HOUSE NEAT. AND I CAN DO AS MUCH TO MAKE A MAN HAPPY AS ANY WOMAN.

*name removed* Cincinnati 10, Ohio Age 45
I LOVE MUSIC AND TELEVISION AND I CAN COOK AS WELL AS THE BEST. I'M A GOOD
HOUSEKEEPER AND I KNOW I COULD ENJOY MY MONEY MORE IF I HAD A HELPER TO
TREAT ME NICE.

*name removed* Snyder, Tex. Age 39
I HAVE MONEY OF MY OWN AND I DON'T EXPECT A MAN TO BE A MAGICIAN AND BUILD
ME A CASTLE. I NEVER MAKE ANY DEMANDS ON ANYBODY. BUT I'M LIKE SO MANY
WOMEN NOWADAYS. JUST LONESOME.

KEEP UP WITH THE LISTS FOR BEST RESULTS.


Found in "The Films of Greta Garbo" compiled by Michael Conway. Published by Citadel Press, 1963.

I apologize for the capital letters, I scanned these in and used the text recognition.



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Not So Secret

Baseball card, 2001 Topps #45, Charles Johnson.

Found in "The End of Faith" by Sam Harris. Published by Norton, 2004.

ED: Funny story, I was getting ready to wrap this book up to ship to someone as part of a Secret Santa swap. I'll stick the card back in the book, and post the URL so they can find it later.


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Mr. and Mrs. Smith

Thank you card:

To thank you for your Wedding Gift and assure you that it is greatly appreciated.

Mr. and Mrs. H.J. Smith


Found in "Candide" by Voltaire. Published by Nonesuch Press.



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For Those About To Rock


Bon Scott postcard (who knew there was such a thing)

Postmarked Jan. 17, 1992, Nashville TN.

Written on reverse:

"Slippery When Wet," Indeed! Hope your birthday is nicely demented!

Alexander

Found in "84, Charing Cross Road" by Helene Hanff. Published by Avon.


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This Is The Place

Bookmark:

THE PLACE

Concord Books Inc.

Found in "For Whom The Bell Tolls" by Ernest Hemingway. Published by Scribners, 1942.
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Outfits

Drawing on tissue.

Found in "The Woman at the Keyhole" by Judith Mayne. Published by Indiana University Press, 1990.
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Love and Marriage

Found this one at the bottom of a box of books recently purchased at auction. In the process of trying to track down Thomas or Alexandra.

No. 5926

Certificate of Marriage
Town of Hempstead

Record No. 99762 of year 1963

THIS IS TO CERTIFY
that Thomas Wayne Connelly residing
at Freeport, New York who was
born Oct. 6, 1943 at Brooklyn, New York
and Alexandra Muller residing
at Freeport, New York who was
born Oct. 4, 1942 at Jacson Heights, New York
were married on November 30, 1963 at
Freeport, New York, as shown by the
fully registered license and certificate of marriage of said persons filed in this office.

Dated at Hempstead, N.Y.
December 27, 1963

Nathan L.H. Bennett
Town Clerk
Town of Hempstead

by Gilbert Wheeler (?)
Deputy Town Clerk


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Sprite


Another Christmas bookmark:

While Christmas joys are calling you
I'll keep your place till you read anew.
DEP

On reverse:

(Written) From your Sprite

Copyright 1913, Owen-Perry Art Co. 650

Found in "Girl Scout Handbook, Revised Edition." Published by The Girl Scouts, 1930.

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Just A Little Off The Top

Business card:

Curly's Barber Shop
30 Sunset Avenue
Sidney NY

Walk In Any TIme
Or Call 563-1358
-L.A. Welcher

Written at bottom:

I miss the Boys

Found in "The Virtue of Selfishness" by Ayn Rand. Published by Signet, 1964.

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My Figurine

Photo of what looks to be Hummel figurines.

Found in "The Life of Dylan Thomas" by Constantine FitzGibbon. Published by Reader's Union / Dent, 1965.

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Membership Has Its Privileges

Three items, all belonging to O.T. Foote, of Franklin NY.

Receipt for payment into membership of The National Creamery Buttermakers' Association. Dated 1911.

Membership card, Franklin Lodge. Dated 1910.

Admission card for the Sixth National Dairy Show, Chicago Il. Dated 1911.

Found in "State of NY - Department of Agriculture Report of Farmers' Institutes" by Raymond Pearson. Published by J.B. Lyon, 1909.

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Holiday Gifts

Good morning - someone emailed and asked me about this, so I thought I would ask everyone:

If there's something you've seen on the site, bookmark or book, that you think might make a good gift for someone, comment here and let me know. I will do my best to set something up this week so you would be able to get it in time.

He's A Magic Man


Drawing titled "Sketch of Moon on Night of March 30 1934."

Found in Argosy, Sept. 19th, 1936 issue.

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Keep Your Place

Christmas bookmark. I've been saving this one for a while.

CHRISTMAS BOOK MARK

Perhaps you'll get some Christmas books;
If that should be the case,
You'll need this Christmas Book Mark
To help you keep your place.

Found in "The Holly and the Fir" by Jeannette Grace Watson. Published by Saalfield, 1905.
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It's Winner Time

Sorry for the delay, folks. I had actual work to do. Imagine that.

To make up for it, I'll be selecting three winners. I'll try and get in touch with you if I can find contact information, but if you don't hear from me, please email me at fb@forgottenbookmarks to arrange shipping.

OK, let's start with third place, which is a lovely two volume set of "Anna Karenina" in slipcase with fancy onion skin jackets.

Third Place Winner: Julie (Okami) - who entered on the site. Here's a pic of your prize:



Not too shabby.

Second Place is a fine matched set of four volumes, "Les Miserables" by Hugo, Shakespeare's Works, "War and Peace" by Tolstoy, and Thomas Carlyle's Works.

Second Place Winner: Laura Horst, who entered via Facebook.

Here's a pic of your prize:


Finally, first place. Obviously, the prize will include the four books already featured on our contest page ("The Pathfinder," "The Pioneers," and the Emerson and Dumas Modern Library editions). In addition, I'm going to throw in an 1859 first edition of Tennyson's "Idyls of the King." Here it is, it's a beauty:



Ok, the winner of the last contest of 2009 is:

Martha, who entered via the website.

There are your winners.
Now that we've got that business taken care of, I just wanted to take a few moments to thank every one who enters the contests, comments on the posts and on Facebook, chats on Twitter... sincerely, thanks for making all of this so much fun. I hope to run bigger and better contests next year, so please keep an eye on the site. I'll still be posting regularly, but if I don't talk to you along the way, have a fantastic holiday.

Good News Everyone

We've hit the next milestone for this week's contest, so I'll be adding two more books:


"The Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson" Modern Library edition, 1950.
"The Three Musketeers" by Alexandre Dumas, Modern Library edition, 1950.

Just comment in this post to enter. Winner will be announced on Friday.



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The Garden

Postcard, seems to be trimmed a bit on the edge. Dated on the front: 3/2/16, with a name, perhaps.

No writing on reverse.

Found in "The Garden Without Walls" by Coningsby Dawson. Published by Grosset and Dunlap, 1914.

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Home Sweet Home

Cross-stitch bookmark. (It's cross-stitch, right?)

Home Sweet Home


Found in "Texas" by James Michener. Published by Random House, 1985.
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We've Got Ideas

Black and white photo, dated September 1963.

Found in "Das Kapital" by Karl Marx. Published by Gateway, 1961.

Anyone know what kind of car that is?


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Last Will and Testament


Found in "Genealogical and Family History of Southern New York and the Hudson River Valley" by Cuyler Reynolds. Published by the Lewis Historical Publishing Co., 1913.

Bonus: Check out the author's inscription in this book:


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Things That Were Familiar


Card:

Dear Helene -

I hope you will enjoy reading this book as much as I did - not that we follow quite the same route this man did but there are a number of things that were familiar -
Much love to you
always
Eleanor

Found in "Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger. Published by Signet, 1960.


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For The Morning After The Night Before


Postcard from "The Bird in Hand" restaurant in NYC. Postmarked April 20, 1942.

(The Bird in Hand) -- is worth two in the bush. Some bird!!
Hazel & Jim (??)

Found in "The Moonlight Traveler: Great Tales of Fantasy and Imagination" selected by Philip Van Doren Stern. Published by Garden City Publishing Co., 1945.


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Good Versus Evil

Drawing.

Found in "Relationship Rescue" by Phillip McGraw. Published by Hyperion, 2000.
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Full Disclosure

This day had to come eventually. I was going through one of my bookshelves recently, and came across my own forgotten bookmark. This is a note for me from my Dad, written around 1996 or so, if I had to guess:

Hi Mike

GOOD DAY FOR:
• Sealing the gutter trouble spots
• If painter is not coming, bank dirt high up wall, do all you can to divert water. There is perforated pipe under deck. Put them under the dirt first. No floods this year!
• Painting the back room.

Found in my copy of "Catch 22" by Joseph Heller. Published by Dell, 1971.

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So Much

Note:

Se tanto, que a veces creo que no se nada.

I know so much so, much but, sometimes, I guess that I don't know nothing.
Bold strength bold caution + ?? / amusement

Pam

You're very, very wide.

Found in "The Poets and Poetry of Europe" by Henry Longfellow. Published by Porter and Coates, 1871.

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Pass It On

Burton poem on thick stock card:

Pass It On

Have you a kindness shown?
Pass it on;
'Twas not given to you alone,
Pass it on.
Let it travel down the years,
Let it wipe another's tears,
Till in heaven the deed appears -
Pass it on.
Have you found the heavenly light?
Pass it on;
Souls are groping in the night,
Daylight gone.
Hold thy lighted lamp on high,
Be a star in some one's sky,
He may live who else would else would die, -
Pass it on.

-Henry Burton

Found in "The Holy Bible" published by American Bible Society, 1880.

-- Feel better, A.S..

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Winner

Ok, today's winner is Spacebeer.

SB, send me an email at fb AT forgottenbookmarks.com to set up shipping accommodations for your new books.

Thanks to all who entered - remember this is a rolling contest, and I'll be giving away a new set of books on Friday. The first book on the new pile is leatherette copy of "The Scarlett Letter" published by Thomas Nelson, circa 1910. For every 25 new followers/Facebook fans/RSS subscribers, I will add another to the giveaway.

Giveaway Reminder: UPDATE CONTEST OVER

Just a quick update on the giveaway that's going on. Adding another book, this is 1928 edition of 'Little Men' illustrated by Clara Burd.

The formula is as follows:

For every 25 new followers/fans/subscribers I get via Twitter/Facebook/RSS, I will add another book. All books will be given away today at 3:00 PM.

Here are pics of the books so far:


To enter, just comment or reply. I'm still counting the replies and comments from previous announcements.

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Future Shock


Two black and white photos in original envelope.

Found in "The Boudoir Murder" by Milton M, Propper. Published by Harpers, 1931.

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It May Be Valuable To You


Diphtheria toxin-antitoxin certificate, dated March 1929.

Found in "Theodore Roosevelt: An Autobiography." Published by Scribners, 1920.

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Climb A Tree

Note:

Thanks so much - saw Alfie Campbell in Wooster + she said she actually knew of a guy in India who did what is described in book: climb a tree, create a hullabaloo, etc!! Maybe the author knew the same guy - or read of it!

Found in "Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard" by Kiran Desai. Published by Atlantic Monthly Press, 1998.

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Devilled Eggs

From yesterday's request thread, here's a letter:

8-6-00

Dear George,
Thank you very much for your abundant mail- two letters and one postcard!! Sorry I could not reply sooner, this is the first quiet day with time to write letters. Well, it seems that HENRY'S BIRTHDAY was the outstanding big event of the season. I never knew that preparing devilled eggs could hold so much drama! Anyway, although I do not have the pleasure of knowing Henry, as an expert in birthdays, 95 versus 70, I wish him a Very Happy Birthday, and many happy returns. You have been so involved in devilled eggs and other birthday-related events, did you even notice that there were other things going on in the world?: A republican convention, designed to make us appreciate and sadly miss eight years of Clinton soap operas. What do Americans expect of their president anyway? Statesmanship? What an old-fashioned idea. Only an 95 year old woman could have such notions. Which brings me to the fact that yours truly also celebrated a birthday in July, a 95th. My family pulled out all the stops to make it a real big occasion. They were all here, grandsons, grand-daughter, son, daughter, in-laws. It lasted five days and I survived it with flying colors without getting another heart-attack. Now Niall is back in Berkeley, Michael has just started a new job for one year: A leadership training course with an organization called The Green Corps. Julia will be here in Binghamton where she has been accepted in a community service job.

To-morrow Suzanne and I will go to Ithaca to visit a Friend's Retirement Home. Not for the duration as far as I am concerned, but for 2 months, November and February when Suzanne will be in Europe with Ross, who is taking a full year's sabbatical. There are retirement homes here in Binghamton, but I am sure to find more interesting people in a place that caters mostly to retired Cornell faculty and their friends. If plans work out it would mean that I will miss the second half of your Studs Turkel reading. We'll know more to-morrow after our visit. I certainly will keep you au courant. I see from the Lyceum program that "Great Decisions" are being discontinued. It is about time. Probably Haessler did not want to do it anymore. I am getting tired and have to close for to-day.

Regards to Kit, love, Greta

Found in "The Spider's House" by Paul Bowles. Published by Black Sparrow Press, 1993.

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