Bookmark, 3 inches by 8 inches. 
Artist: Inge Kern

Found in "Matthew Lyon: New Man of the Democratic Revolution" by Aleine Austin. Published by Penn State Press, 1981.

There's Something On The Wing

Photo, found in "Stupid White Men" by Michael Moore. Published by Harper Collins, 2001.

Talking Machines

Receipt for '39 Ed Records.' (I'm assuming that means Edison Records)
Dated Dec. 8th 1904 (Christmas present?)
From the W.D. Andrews Co., 216 East Railroad St, Syracuse NY.
Total: $8.03

Found in "The Works of Washington Irving: Volume One" published by Collier, 1892.

Extra! Extra!

Valentine, blank.
Extra! Extra!
Special extra - just out,
Known as "Love's Edition"
Read it carefully, fair on,
For it's my petition
Found in "Around the World on $60" by Robert Meredith. Published by Charles C. Thompson, 1901.


Recipe for 'Fluffy White Frosting'

2 egg whites
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 teasp crm of tartar
1/3 cup cold water
1 teasp vanilla

Place egg whites, sugar - crm of tart, water & salt  in top of doubl bowl - (not over heat)
Beat 1 min with elect beater. Place over boiling water + cook, beating constantly tell stiff peaks form. (about 7 min)
Remove top pot from boiling water - add vanilla + beat to spreading consistancy - about 2 mins

Found in "The Gold Cook Book" by Master Chef Louis P. De Gouy, published by Greenberg, 1947.

Just so you know

I have one more FB scheduled for today and two for tomorrow. I know I don't usually have weekend posts, so I thought some of you might want to know.

He Ain't Heavy

Decal for Boy's Town in Nebraska.

Found in "A Yankee Girl at Bull Run" by Alice Turner Curtis. Published by Penn Publishing Co., 1921.

Der Weg

Letter, in German I believe.
I thought about typing it out and sending it through Babelfish, but I'd just make a mess of things.

Found in "Westward Ho!" by Charles Kingsley. Published by the Heritage Press, in slipcase, 1947.

Roll Out

I think I'm going to put one of those blog rolls on the site, so if you readers have a site or know of one that's of similar taste, comment away or use the contact link.

Do Not Remove

Do Not Remove from This Page!
Found in "Look Homeward Erotica: The Kensington Ladies' Erotica Society." Published by Ten Speed Press, 1986.

ED: note was found on page 85, which is rather juicy.

Never Expect

Postcard from The New Greenbrier Hotel, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Postmarked Jul 1, 1941.

Written on back: 

Wish you could see this beautiful hotel, never saw such a place + never expected to stay at one unless as a chambermaid. 
We expect to be 200 miles further south tomorrow. Almost in North Carolina.

Found in "Acheievements of Stanley and Other African Explorers" by J.T. Headley. Published by Hubbard Brothers, 1878

Union Revival

Card, 4.5 inches by three inches.

Union Revival Services
of the
Methodist and Baptist Churches of Schenevus N.Y.,
AT THE BAPTIST CHURCH, JANUARY 3,4,5, - 11,12 and 13.
AT THE METHODIST CHURCH, JANUARY 6,7,8,10, - 14 and 15.
Prof. R.C. Buck, Singing Revivalist of Bethlehem, Pa., will have charge of the music.
Meetings will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Sundays and on other days at 7:30 p.m.
You are all Cordially invited to attend all services, and to bring your friends

Found in "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll,  published by William Heinemann LTD, 1969. Rebound.

Sweet Sixteen

Card for 16th birthday.

Found in "Great Home Cooking in America" edited by Farm Journal Magazine, published by Doubleday, 1976.

Little Ditty

For fun, I will show off the occasional gift inscription or writing I find while sorting and pricing.

"Just a little ditty from Hurlie (?) or whatever you name you have in mind. August 4, 1930"

Found in "The Ballad of Yukon Jake" by Edward E Paramore, Coward-McCann, 1928.

On The Road

Color photo.

Found in "Sur la Route" by Jack Kerouac. Published by Gallimard, 1960.

Yet Another Contest - UPDATE #3: All Prizes Taken

Claire is our first winner. Congrats.

Mr. Burns is number two.

Jack is number three. Thanks to all who entered, and keep an eye in the mail for your books.

I'm hoping this one will be the best yet.

Here are the rules:

Further down in this post, there will an image containing 16 smaller images. These were little snapshots taken from various posts on the site. Hopefully you'll recognize some right away; others you may have to browse around the site a bit to find. I tried to concoct a game that would take some time to figure out. Build some suspense. Anway - on to the prizes:

The first person to email me the correct corresponding URLs (links) to all 16 images will win this fabulous prize:

"Old Curiosity Shop' by Charles Dickens - this is a nice and clean Rand McNally edition, gilt decoration and lettering on cover and spine, gilt top edge. No date, circa 1905.

The second person to email me the correct corresponding URLs (links) to all 16 images will win this pretty OK prize:

Two matching volumes from Thomas Y. Crowell, "The Poetical Works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning" and "Poems of Robert Browning." Both columes are marked as "Astor Editions," and are from 1900 or so, no date indicated.

The third person to email me the correct corresponding URLs (links) to all 16 images will win this humble but still enjoyable prize:

"Ivanhoe" by Sir Walter Scott, published by Thomas Nelson, 1909. Blue flexible leather cover, gilt decoration on spine. A little worn, but hey, it's 100 years old - and free.

To email me, simply use the CONTACT link above, or click here.
Here's the image. Click to enlarge. If you have any questions, find me on Twitter, I'll be working at my desk for a good bit. Good hunting -

Christmas Greetings

German-language Christmas tag.

Found in "Requiem" by Rainer Maria Rilke, German language, circa 1940.

Variety Show

Walton Lions - Sight-Hearing Projects
Featuring Oneonta's Barbershop Chorus
Saturday, March 21, 8 p.m.
$3.00 Adults $2.50 Students, Senior Citizens, $10.00 Family of 4 or More
Tickets Courtesy
POND INSURANCE AGENCY - General Insurance - Walton

Found in "High and Tight: The Rise and Fall of Dwight Gooden and Daryl Strawberry" by Bob Kalisch. Published by Villard, 1996.


I don't think anyone noticed, but I feel like I have to point this out. In today's giveaway photo, you can catch a glimpse of the true me. The photo is my desk here at work, and if I blow up the photo and highlight...

...Darth Vader's Tie Fighter, part of the 1985 Star Wars Action Fleet, complete with blaster burns.

I don't have the little Darth Vader that goes in the cockpit, so I stuck a penguin in there.

I had to come clean.

Giveaway, Part II

Today we are giving away this vintage copy of "The Last of the Mohicans" by James Fenimore Cooper. This volume of the Leatherstocking Tales was published by F.M. Lupton Co. in New York. No date, circa 1890s.

Here are the simple rules: one of the forgotten bookmarks posted here on the site was a photo of a casket. The first person to identify the college or university mentioned in that post gets the book. Please post your answers in the comments section so everyone can see that you were the winner. Thanks - 

Photo Bonanza

Five photos, all black and white.

Found in "Principles of Electricity Applied to Telephone and Telegraph Work: 1953 Edition." Published by AT&T.

Contest Day

I had a lot of fun giving stuff away yesterday through Twitter, thought I would continue today.

Here's what's up for grabs:

Nice vintage copy of "Vanity Fair" published by Thomas Nelson and Sons, circa 1900. Part of the New Century Library series, which featured smaller sizes and thinner paper. 

Also included in the giveaway will be the four leaf clover featured in this post from a few days ago. You know I had to give that one away today - if not now, when?

Before we get started, yes, I'll ship it anywhere, for free. Alabama, Switzerland, New Zealand, Texas... you get the picture.

As for the rules, I don't want to make you all jump through hoops, nor can I figure out some savvy contest that will pull in web traffic all day. I don't give stuff away for that reason, so here are the simple contest rules: Just leave a comment on why you'd like this item, or why you enjoy Forgotten Bookmarks, or what you think can make the site better. I'll pick the winner from the comments section somewhat at random (I have a 1-10 number in mind, whoever posts in that particular spot will win). That's it.

I have a backup prize just in case things go haywire. 
Good luck.

ONE more thing... I will check the comments around noon or so (Eastern US), I have some bookstore work that can't wait.

UPDATE: Hey, great response. The number I had in mind was 3 (the number of posts I was hoping for) so good job everyone, you exceeded my expectations. I'll try and post another giveaway tomorrow if time allows.  preludetochaos, I will message you on twitter.


Black and white photo, 3 inches by 4 inches.

Found in "Luck of the Bodkins" by P.G. Wodehouse. Published by Little, Brown & Co., 1936.

You Say

Cut-out illustration of a tomato.

Found in "A Fool's Errand: By One of the Fools" by Albion Winegar Tourgee. Published by Fords, Howard & Hulbert, 1879.


Print out from a scientific machine of some sort, something medical I believe.
S/N 14047 Ver 4.4
Wed 17 Apr 1996 1:52PM
Ger Canine >8yr:2


Suspected fibrin particles in sample or inadequate sample volume in pipette or pipette not in place. Recentifruge sample and analyze immediately afterwards.
Found in "Rogets College Thesaurus in Dictionary Form" published by Signet, 1985.

Eternal Rest


Addressed to:
Barnabas Brown Esquire
Post Office New Berlin
County Chenango

N. York
Stamped: New York OCT ??
New York 20th Octo 1826
No. 416 Broome Street
direct to me at this house its near Broadway 1/2 a mile North of the City Hall

Dearly Beloved,
I have wrote this since I receivde thy letter of 25th March. I am in tolerable good Health for one that has ???? so many years towards the blessed end of all things here, I ???? tho approved towards eternal Rest with more pleasing comfort, that I ever didthe ?????? in part of any ????? I ever went, I have lived two years over the time Layd down in the Book for human life and I think th??? is very few that have past through so long a life with more peace of mind that I have done.
I have sold my farm at New Rochelle finding it too bothersome at this time of life to have such a charge ........???........ people about me, the crops in all this quarter is very good & fruit extra fine and it's a general time of health and a great plenty of the good things of this world at market. My love to wife and children

Will _____
Found in "The Works of P. Virgilius Maro" by Levi Hart and V.R. Osborn. Published by Joseph N. Lewis, Baltimore, 1833.

ED: I apologize for all the ???s, I usually skip one if I can't read it, but this letter seemed too interesting. If you have any clues for me, comment away.

Lucky, Part II

Four leaf clover.

Found in "The Castle of Grumpy Grouch: A Fairy Story" by Mary Dickerson Donahey.
Published by Barse and Hopkins, 1907

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day.

More Lincoln

Oak leaf, about six inches long.

Found in a very worn copy of "The Life and Public Services of Abraham Lincoln, Sixteenth President of the United States, Together With His State Papers..." by Henry J. Raymond. Published by Derby and Miller, 1865.