Careful and Serious Thought

Card in envelope, 5 inches by 3.5 inches.
Written on envelope: To Ross from Mom

On card:

Dear Ross,
Please accept these books as a late Broome graduation gift.
I hope you will find time to give careful and serious thought to the contents of these books.
I realize now how much you kids (mine and others) lack the moral guidance and hope given through Jesus Christ and the church.

Found in "The Battle for the Mind" by Tim LaHaye. Revell Books, 1980.

Vive les Expos!

Baseball ticket, Expos vs. Padres, May 5th 1991.

Found in "State of Fear" by Michael Crichton, Harper Collins, 2004.

Ed: Padres won 6-4. Ed Whitson (!) went the distance for the win. There were three triples in the game, including one by Fred McGriff. Marty Barrett went 0-3 in one of the last appearances of his career.

Darn Pen

Postcard, 5 inches by 3 inches.

Printed on Front: 63. - Entrance to Crawford Notch. White Mts., N.H.

Postmark on reverse is Conway NH, dated June 30th 1941.
Dear Howard + Lil
Everything is fine
Even the weather. Best
part of trip is ahead
of us. I hope you
get home alright
(darn pen)
Molly + Dad
To: Mr and Mrs Howard Wilbur
14 Hi??? Street
Norwich NY

Found in "The Outline of Science - Fourth Volume" by J. Arthur Thomson. Published by Putnam, 1922.


Recipe for cough medicine.

(Cough Medicine)
1/4 Pint Jamaci (ed: Jamaican?) Rum
1/4 " Linseed Oil
1/4 oz. Sweet Spirits of Nitre
1/4 Pint New Orleans Molassies
Found in "The Diseases of Livestock and Their Most Efficient Remedies" by William B. E. Miller. Published by E.B. Goodrich & Co., 1889.

Ed: Please do not try this recipe at home. Do you really want to drink 1/4 pint of linseed oil?

The Scholar

Art class project, or something similar. 3 inches by 6 inches.

Written under owl wearing graduation cap:


Found in "The Grain Trade In The Old Northwest" by John G. Clark. Published by Greenwood Press, 1980


Color photo, 4 inches by six inches.

Writing on reverse:
A pond on the new developed property above your house. NOTICE the Wild flowers

Found in "King Of The Dragsters" by Don Garlits and Brock Yates. Published by Chilton Book Co., 1967.

A Christmas Wish

Postcard, 3 inches by 5 inches.
Printed on front:
A Christmas Wish
I'm sending a Christmas wish
your way
And I hope 'twill come true
on Christmas Day;
May your heart be light
and your day be bright,
So bright that it never will
fade away.

Written on reverse:
Dear Grandma:
May the coming year bring happier thoughts than the past.
As ever,

Mrs. M. Winegard
Schoharie Co. N.Y.

Postmarked Dec. 24 1917 9 AM.

Found in "Life of Gen. U.S. Grant" by J.K Larke. Published by Phillips and Burrows, 1885.

A Rose Is a Rose - Unless It Is Something Else

Dried flower, I think it's a rose.

Found in "The Robe" by Lloyd C. Douglas, Riverside Press, 1942

Sunday School

Note on lined paper, 5 inches by 8 inches.

Written on front:

a little school girl who attended
Sunday school every Sunday
just as regularly attended
a matinee every saturday
afternoon. One day her
mother was schocked to hear
this melody ring from her
mouth as she rock her doll
"I will go where you want me
to dear lord but I am afraid
to go home in the dark."

Written on reverse:

Mrs. John Foster, needlecraft
Mrs. Leon Wilbur, needlecraft
" " " American Woman
Mrs. Clayton ???faud American Woman
Mrs. Laura Travis American Woman
Mrs, Geo J Grander Needlecraft

A little girl who had been accustomed to going to regularly attended Sunday School had also attended

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

Bus Ride

Color photo, 4 inches by 6 inches. Datestamped on front: '97 3 5. No writing on reverse.

Found in "The Roots of Life" by Oglivanna Lloyd Wright. Horizon Press, 1963.

Disturbing Your Sleep

Letter on standard-sized paper.
Written on front:

October 30,2001

Dear Neighbor,
We were writing to let you know that we're going to be having a party on Saturday night. There is going to be a band but they will be done playing by 11:00 pm because of the noise ordinance. We wanted you to know so that you expected some noise.
Also, Kathy told us tat we (the 3 houses) are responsible for Snow removal. Since you've lived there longer, & let's face it, are probably a lot easier to get along with than Joe, we thought we'd ask you about it, Kathy also mentioned that you had an odd work schedule so that's why we're writing instead of disturbing your sleep.
If you oculd maybe give us a call, we can discuss the plowing.
433-XXXX Thanx - Jamie & Maria

On reverse:

From Your Neghbors - Jamie & Maria

Found in"The Experiment" by John Darnton. Published by Dutton, 1999.


Polaroid, no writing on reverse.

Found in "Creation" by Gore Vidal. Published by Random House, 1981.

Get Ready To Have Your Mind Blown

This is like a double forgotten bookmark. Color photo, 4 inches by 6 inches. Writing on reverse:
This photo was found in 'Ulysses' on top on of the hutch - Whose??

Found in (wait for it) "Textbook of Dental Radiology" by Olaf E. Langland. Charles C. Thomas Publisher, 1984.

So... Someone else found this photo in a book (Ulysses) and thought enough to note the occasion. There were no copies of Ulysses in this particular batch of books I was sorting, so this one will have to remain a mystery.

I'm For Nixon and Lodge

Political pin, one inch across. "I'M FOR NIXON AND LODGE"

Found in the library card pocket (see the last picture) of "What Shall This Man Do?" by Watchman Lee. Published by Christian Literature Crusade, 1966.

For Further Reading..., a huge retailer of used and rare books, gives us a quick story on our favorite subject.

The Children of John Gano

Slip of paper, three sides torn. 8 inches at longest point, 3 inches tall.

Written on front:

October 18th Anno 1778 is my Sun ?...
August 27th Anno 1780 is my Sun Isaac Bo?...
September 10th Anno 1783 is my Daughter
Mary Born--------------------------------
April 14th Anno 1788 is my Daughter
Catrin ...

Written (in pencil) on reverse:

Ages of the children of John Gano

Found in "The Court and Reign of Francis The First - King of France" by Miss Pardoe. Published by R. Bentley, London, 1849 (Two Volumes)

Merry Christmas

Christmas gift note, 3 inches by 1.5 inches.
Printed: "Merry Christmas"
To Sis
"To See Yourself Better My Dear"

Found in "The Boxcar Children" by Gertrude Chandler Warner. Published by Scott, Foresman and Co., 1942

Erased From Existence

Color photo, trimmed, 3 inches by 3.5 inches.

Found in "Eldest" by Christopher Paolini, published by Alfred A. Knopf, 2005.

Ed: Is it just me, a confessed Back to the Future nerd, or does this picture remind you of the one Marty McFly has in Part One? You know, the one with his sister and brother where they start to disappear until George and Lorraine kiss at the dance? I've been trying to find a picture of it for the last 20 minutes, but it looks like I will have to grab it off the DVD when I get home.

Ed: Part 2: Here is that photo:


Valentine, approx. 2 inches by 4 inches.

Written in pencil on reverse: "DENNY."

Found in "The Devendorf Family" by Col. Walter Bell. Published by The Enterprise and News, St. Johnsville NY, 1932


Color photo, 6 inches by 4 inches.

Found in "In The Company of the Courtesan" by Sarah Dunant. Random House, 2006


We got one extra entry last night at the deadline - thanks to everyone who entered, it was fantastic seeing all these great items. I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks this stuff is fascinating...

...back to the matter at hand - the winner. I received this the first day of the contest, and I loved the back story. Here it is:


I got a call from a patron looking for his lost lost bookmark while at work today. His sister made it for him for his high school graduation. It's over 24 years old! He was really distressed about forgetting it and very excited that I was able to find it for him. It was found in Clive Cussler's "Arctic Drift".

Thanks for the entry, Melissa. I will send you out an email later today so I can send you your prize.

Melissa actually entered two bookmarks, and both were great. She did a great job of keeping the entries in the FB style; interesting backdrop to the image, proper paragraph format, everything... if I didn't know any better, I would think she's been working here at FB for years.
Here is her second entry, just for fun:

No Petting

Note. Written:

I'm so glad we went on this trip together! Sorry I wasn't quite as vivacious as vicky. You know my meds were a bit of a Problem :) I just want you to know how much I Love you! and how happy I am for you! I would be glad to share a bed with you any-time as long as you dont start petting me!
Your bladder infected bedmate

Found in: Found in "Fever 1973" by Laurie Halse Anderson

Thanks again! Melissa, keep an eye out for that email.

Wayside Park

Business card.

Located on Highways 18 - 79 - 87
Modern Cabins
Fred Gerow, Host
Edith Gerow, Hostess
Hot Springs, South Dakota

Found in "Design in Flower Arrangement" by John Taylor Arms and Dorothy Noyes Arms. Published by The Macmillan Company in 1937. (ed: I'm actually selling this copy on Etsy at the moment)

Contest Ends Tomorrow

Our first giveaway will end tomorrow as I announce the winner. I've received seven entries so far, which is about seven more than I expected. The submission deadline will be tonight at midnight (Eastern US time).

For the details, check out the original post.


One Crown To Rule Them All

One Crown, issued by The Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, circa 1939-45.

Found in "Out of My Life and Thought" by Albert Schweitzer, published by Henry Holt, 1950.

Don't Forget - Forgotten Giveaway

Our first official giveaway, second overall (See the post with the clover)

Feature prize: the wonderful photo from "Sandwich In Bed"

The rules:

Using the contact page, submit your own forgotten bookmark. Please include a link to a photo of whatever you found and the name of the book you found it in. Background stories encouraged!

I'll pick the most interesting story and feature it here. You will also receive the feature prize:

Perfect for framing! I look forward to hearing from you all.

Friend Nell

Elmira Oct 8th 163 (ed: I am assuming this is 1863)

Friend Nell
If it does not reign nor snow tomorrow (?) Briester folks intend to leave my humble roof joy go with them(?) If you Father can spare you to come tomorrow as we talked I would like very much to have you as soon as they get their things out we can go tow ork

Your friend
Mrs. H.H. Holmes

Ed: DON'T FREAK OUT! I am pretty sure that this H.H. Holmes is not this H.H. Holmes.

Found in "Life Among The Savages" by Shirley Jackson, published by Farrar, Straus and Young, 1953.

In The Navy

Navy recruitment letter, 8.5 inches by 10 inches.
The Recruiting Officer,
Dear Sir:-
I am in receipt of your letter of recent date and am interested.
I give below the names of a few of my friends who might consider
joining the Navy.
My name is:
My address is:


Found folded in "Junkie" by William S. Burroughs, Ace Books paperback, 1953.


Color polaroid-style photo, 4 inches by 4 inches.

Written on front:
43 ****** Ave
Bedroom 1980
David friend

Found in bottom of box of books, purchased 11/22/08

Lounging Lizard

Color photo, 4 inches by 6 inches.

Datestamp on back: Feb/24/03

Found in "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison, Alfred Knopf, 2000.


Yellow bookmark-sized slip of paper, 8.5 inches by 3 inches. Drawings and writing:

By Rachel Ann *****
SpongBob SquarePants

Found in "Ramona Quimby, Age 8" by Beverly Cleary. Published by Avon Camelot, 1992.

Ed: Glad to see kids are still reading this! Oh, and while this girl may be too young to spell 'Sponge' correctly, she can still draw better and write with better handwriting than me. She has perfect 'N's and the detail on Mr. SquarePants is pretty good, right down to the silly shoes. Kudos! (unless Rachel is really 26 years old)


Note card with illustration, 3.5 inches by 2 inches.

Written on front:

To My
Frances my
Wife Forever
Love Forever David

Written on reverse:

I love only

Found in "Silas Marner" by George Eliot. Published by Thomas Nelson, 1911.