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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