Claudette


Black and white portrait of Claudette Colbert, with what looks like her pre-printed signature.

Found in"Nicholas II - The Last of the Tsars" by Marc Ferro. Published by Oxford, 1990.

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Portrait Of A Lady


 Photograph, printed by the Silkworth studios, Brooklyn NY. No writing on reverse.

Found in "The History of the United States of America" by Richard Hildreth, Volume One. Published by Harper and Brothers, 1849.

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was @shipleywriter, who entered on Twitter.

Thanks to all who entered, see you here on Monday.

Friday Giveaway: Six Decorative Antiquarian Books - contese closed





Contest now closed, winner will be announced shortly.

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Friendly Skies

Plane ticket for United Airlines flight 6214, Chicago to Ottawa. Date is June 10th.

Found in "Transformation" by Anne Sexton. Published by Mariner Books, 1999.


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One Small Step




Found at the bottom of a box of books, the July 21, 1969 issue of The New York Times.

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The Lord Bless You


Two cards, one is printed with a color illustration and the name "Sadie J. Madden."

The other is handwritten:

The Lord Bless You,
and Keep you, and
Make His face to shine up(on) you
and give you peace.

Found in "Hosannas To The King: High Class Gospel Music" edited by Clarence B. Strouse. Published by Pepper Publishing, 1901.




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A Hundred Bucks And A Snowman


Drawing. Looks like it is dated "12/12" at the bottom.

Found in "The Everything Word Games Challenge Book" by Charles Timmerman. Published by Adams Media, 2005.



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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Faith Rollins, who entered on Facebook.

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

Friday Giveaway: Four Leatherbound Classics - contest closed



Contest now closed, winner will be announced shortly.

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What Is His Name?

Yesterday, I was sorting some books and I came across this little fellow:
It's a little book of poetry, still in its original gift box, with a spider web pattern jacket.


It appears the jacket held in a bit of moisture over the years, which led to the discoloration.

Inside the book, I found this:


Presented To
Augusta Kiel
for the Best poem written in the Otego High School
1930-1931

by W.H. Alger - June 23, 1931


And this:



What is His Name?

There is a little artist,
Who paints in the cold night hours
Pictures for little children
Of wondrous trees and flowers

Pictures of snow-white mountains,
Touching the snow-white sky,
Pictures of distant oceans
Where pretty ships go by.

The moon is the lamp he paints by,
His canvas the window pane,
His brush is a frozen snowflake,
Jack Frost is the artist's name.


The book is "One Hundred and One Famous Poems" published by The Cable Company, 1928.





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Blood Brother

Plastic knife.

Found in "Blood Brother: 33 Reasons My Brother Scott Peterson Is Guilty" by Anne Bird. Published by Regan Books, 2005.


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A Phonograph In Every Home


Advertising card for "Mr. Edison's" phonographs.

Found in "Round About Europe" by James D. McCabe. Published by Dewolfe, Fiske and Co., 1885.



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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Anne Klockenkemper. who entered on Facebook.

Thanks to all who entered, see you here on Monday.

Friday Giveaway: Six Decorative Antiquarian Books - contest closed





Contest now closed. Winner will be announced shortly.

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Big Money


 One dollar bill.

Found in "The Tale of Two Bad Mice" by Beatrix Potter. Published by F. Warne and Co., date unknown (stated copyright renewal dart of 1932).

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A Flower For Ruth


 Small illustrated card; "Ruth" written in pencil on front side.

On the reverse side is written "Ruth Scofield N.Y. 1907"

Found in "A System of Modern Geography" by S. Augustus Mitchell. Published by Cowperthwait, Desilver  & Butler, 1855.



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The Crossing


 Postcard featuring "Norfolk Skyline and Ferry Crossing Between Portsmouth and Norfolk VA" postmarked April 14, 1950.

Having a nice trip, altho it's cold here now. Hope to see you soon.

Al and Elva

Found in "The Lone Ranger and the Mystery Ranch" by Frank Striker. Published by Grosset and Dunlap, 1938.



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Giveaway winner

This week's giveaway winner was Mary K. Powell, who entered via email.

Thanks to all who entered, see you here on Monday.

Friday Giveaway: Signed copies of HANDWRITTEN RECIPES and FORGOTTEN BOOKMARKS - contest closed



Contest now closed, I will announce the winner shortly.

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Wild Goose Chase

This book took me for a ride:

"If my  name you wish to see turn to page 103"


"If my name you do not find turn to page 109"


"As my name you do not find shut the book and never mind"




The book is "Bitter Sweet" by J.G. Holland. Published by Scribner, Armstrong and Co., 1876.


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The Key

I am happily sorting through yesterday's purchase, but I thought I would share this find:



A small key.

Found in "The History of Massachusetts: The Colonial Period" by J.S. Barry. Published by Phillips Sampson, 1855.




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Mission Status


You may remember this post from a few weeks back; I went to look at a collection of books that had been stored away for fifty years. Well, today is the day I am off to pick them up. I will be gone for most of the morning, so no new bookmarks today - but I will provide updates on some of the interesting finds.

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