How To Open A Book


I find this little notice often. It must have been printed and distributed far and wide:

NOTICE

How to Open a Book

Hold the book with its back on a smooth or covered table; let the front board down, then the other, holding the leaves in one hand while you open a few leaves at the back, then a few at the front, and so on, alternately opening back and front, gently pressing open the sections till you reach the center of the volume. Do this two or three times and you will obtain the best results. Open the volume violently or carelessly in any one place and you will likely break the back and cause a start in the leaves. Never force the back of a book.

"A connoisseur many years ago, an excellent customer of mine, who thought he knew perfectly how to handle books, came into my office when I had an expensive binding just brought from the bindery ready to be sent home; he, before my eyes, took hold of the volume and tightly holding the leaves in each hand, instead of allowing them free play, violently opened it in the center and exclaimed: 'How beautifully your bindings open!' I almost fainted. He had broken the back of the volume and it had to be rebound." 

Found in "Life Under The Stuarts" published by Falcon Books, 1950.


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Discovery

A neat bookmark today:

Souvenir of the Discovery of America

Woven in the Word's Columbian Exposition - Chicago 1893

Landing of Columbus
Oct. 12th 1492

Found in "The Century Book of Facts" edited by Henry Ruoff. Published by King-Richardson, 1900.

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Giveaway winner

Giveaway winner was @3stairs, who entered on Instagram.

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Friday Giveaway: Shakespeare's Comedies and Tragedies - contest closed


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We Are Gathered Here Today


8 x 10 wedding photo, no writing or dates.

Found in "Out in the Noonday Sun" by Valerie Pakenham. Published by Random House, 1985.

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Wish You Were Here

Postcard featuring the Bank of Manhattan Co., Wall Street, New York City. No writing or stamps or postmarks on reverse.

Found in "Parish's Fancy" by Walter Guest Kellogg. Published by John Day, 1929.

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I Love New York


Drawing, with the annotation "I ♥ New York."

Found in "The Congressional Manual" published by The International Survey Company, 1901.



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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Miss Missy, who entered here on the site.

Thanks to all who entered, see you next week.

Giveaway: Eight Vintage Books - contest closed

Contest now closed, winner will be announced shortly.

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Enough Already


Christmas card:

It Can't Be Done

I'd like to wish you more happiness this Christmas, but I've wished you all there is and there isn't any more.

Found in "Cottonwood Gulch" by Clarence E. Mulford. Published by A.L. Burt, 1925.

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A Is For


Patch, no markings or writing on reverse side.

Found in "Freckles" by Gene Stratton Porter. Published by Grosset and Dunlap, 1904.

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LaRue


Ink blotter advertising LaRue Cleaners of Binghamton NY.

Found in "Selected Astrological Lectures, Lessons, Writings" by Sylvia DeLong. Published by the author, 1976.

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Kelly Bannon Girard, who entered on Facebook.

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

Friday Giveaway: Four Antique Children's Books - contest closed



Contest now closed. Winner will be announced shortly.
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Family

Photograph, no date or writing.

Found in "The Century Magazine: May-October, 1895." Published by The Century Co., 1895.

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Tour With Confidence


Vintage Shell gas station road map of New Orleans, no date listed (ca 1950s). Copyrighted by the H.M. Gousha Company, Chicago IL.

Found in "Henry James: 1843-1870" by Leon Edel. Published by Lippincott, 1953.




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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Sarah Matthews, who entered on the site.
 
Sarah, I will try to get in touch via your Blogger profile, you can also reach me at fb@forgottenbookmarks.com

Thanks to all who entered, see you next week.

Friday Giveaway: Signed copy of my book HANDWRITTEN RECIPES - contest closed


Contest now closed, winner will be announced shortly.

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Luck Of The Irish



Four leaf clover.

Found in "The Soul of Ireland" by W.J. Lockington. Published by The Macmillan Company, 1927.




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One Level Living


Photograph, no date or writing.

Found in "The Velvet Doublet" by James Street. Published by Doubleday, 1953.

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Pleasure And Comforts


Inscription:

Esther:

Read for the pleasure of mind;
comforts of body;
and an
enlightened future.

a good friend
S

Written in "Sonnets From The Portuguese" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Published by Concord Books, 1937.

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Donna Anderson Sardony, who entered on Facebook.

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

Friday Giveaway: Signed copy of my book FORGOTTEN BOOKMARKS - contest closed

Contest closed, winner will be announced shortly.

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At The Front


Photograph, no date or writing.

Found in "The Big Five Motorcycle Boys At The Front" by Ralph Marlow. Published by A.L. Burt, 1915.

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After The Show


 Ticket and button from the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, November 15, 2008.

Found in "Afterworlds" by Scott Westerfeld. Published by Simon Pulse, 2014.

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Daydream


Sonic Youth's "Daydream Nation" on CD.

Found in "Against Interpretation" by Susan Sontag. Published by Anchor Books, 1990.

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Patricia Byron, who entered on Facebook.

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

Friday Giveaway: 11 Vintage Children's Books - contest closed

Off to pick this week's winner, back in a moment.

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Tad


Small photograph of Abraham Lincoln and his son Tad. From an original photograph by Anthony Berger.

Found in "The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin" published by Appleton, 1896.

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Pen Is Mightier



Looks like someone was using this book for target practice.

"The Throne of David" by Rev. J.H. Ingraham. Published by G.G. Evans, 1860.


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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was David Aubrey, who entered via email.

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

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


Contest now closed, winner will be announced shortly.

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The Best


 Note:

Some are confused -

they look for perfect

there is no perfect. Look instead for the best!

I have it!


Found in "The Mobs and Mafia" by  Hank Messick. Published by Galahad Books, 1974.

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Preserved


Dried and pressed flower.

Found in "Synopsis Ethices" by Stephani Curcellaei. Published by H. Dickinson in London, 1684.

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Greta Hamilton, who entered on Facebook.

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

Friday Giveaway: Eight Antiquarian Classics - contest closed

Contest now closed, winner will be announced shortly.



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A Moment




Large tintype photograph, 4 inches by 5.5 inches.

Found in "Barbary Sheep" by Robert Hichens. Published by Harper and Brothers Publishers, 1907.



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The Honor Of Your Presence


 Wedding invitation from 1974:

Mrs. Eileen Hayes Nelson
requests the honour of your presence
at the marriage of her daughter

Harriet Alice
to
Mr. Hershel L. Anderson
on Saturday, the thirteenth of November
nineteen hundred and seventy-four
at two o'clock in the afternoon
Lakewood United Methodist Church
Lakewood, New York

Reception following ceremony
Maplehurst Country Club


Found in "Murder In The Cathedral" by T.S. Eliot. Published by Harcourt, Brace, 1957.

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Giveaway winner

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

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

Friday Giveaway: Seven Matched Children's Books - contest closed

Contest closed, winner will be announced shortly.


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Low

Note from the Bank of Lowville, dated November 10, 1862:

Pay the bearer Ten Cents, when presented in sums of one or more dollars
C.C. Riggs, dealer in Hardware, Iron, Stoves

Found in "The Outbreak of Rebellion" by John G. Nicolay. Published by Scribners, 1914.



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Martha My Dear


Martha's Vineyard bookmark with gift envelope.

Found in "Celebration of the 250th Anniversary of the Settlement of Boston"published by Rockwell and Churchill, 1880.

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Amy Hartman, who entered on Facebook.

Thanks to all who entered, see you next week.

Friday Giveaway: Nine Vintage Classics - contest closed


Contest now closed, winner will be announced shortly.

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Spineless


Portion of the binding from a book titled "The International Encyclopedia of Practical Knowledge." It might have been part of a salesman's sample.

Found in "Suetonius' Lives of the Twelve Caesars" edited by H. M. Bird. Published by Argus Books, 1934.

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Poppy


Bookmark featuring the California Poppy.

Found in "Drink To Yesterday" by Manning Coles. Published by Alfred Knopf, 1941.

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In Stereo



Stereoview from the Keystone View Company, dated 1901, titled "A Box of Mice Among The Wedding Presents."

Found in "Peg Woffington" by Charles Reade. Published by Ticknor and Fields, 1855.

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Ursula Marie Harris, who entered on Facebook.

Thanks so much to everyone who entered, see you next week.

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


Contest now closed, winner will be announced shortly.

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Around The World

Collection of cancelled postage stamps.

Found in "Starting From San Francisco" by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Published by New Directions, 1967.


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The Center Garden


Dried and pressed plant.

Found in "Courtney of the Center Garden" by Burt L. Standish. Published by Barse and Hopkins, 1915.

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Nickel and Dimed

Small black velvet jewelry pouch. Inside were five very clean and shiny 1957 nickels.

Found in "The Nestorian Monument in China" by P.Y. Saeki. Published by The Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1916.


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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Nose Deep In A Book, who entered right here on the site. I will try and get in touch with you via your profile. You can also reach me at fb@forgottenbookmarks.com

Thanks to all that entered, see you next week.

Friday Giveaway: Eight Vintage Books - contest closed

Giveaway is now closed, winner will be announced shortly.


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