Zucchini "Appertizers"

Handwritten recipe for zucchini appetizers.

Found in "Chatterbox Book of Pictures" published by Dana Estes and Co., 1909.

Julie Ady

Antique sepia tone photograph on thick stock. Captioned "Julie Ady" on front, with company name of Chadbourne, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

On reverse, full name: Julia Helen Clark Ady.
Company name: Charbourne, 98 Macy St, next to P.O. Fond du Lac, Wis.

Found in "The Golden Goose Book," drawings by L. Leslie Brooke. Published by Frederick Warne & Co., 1905.


Christmas card with personlized photo, 4 inches by 5.5 inches. 

Written on front: "Shoves." (I think)

Found in "Auto-Da-Fe" by Elias Canetti, published by Stein and Day, 1946

Free Fries

Ad audition script for Burger King.

Found in "Family" by Ian Frazier. Published by HarperPerennial, 1995.

Ancient Secrets

Large index card with handwritten note:

Ancient Secrets of the Fountain of Youth
Peter Kelder
My Pituitary Gland Produces only the Life Hormone
" Body now has all 12 strands of DNA

Found in "Rare and Expensive Postcards" by John Kaduck. Published by Wallace-Homestead, 1974.

Giveaway Winner

My method: the Dumas book has 479 pages, 4 + 7 + 9 = 20. Since there weren't 20 comments, we'll do it this way: 2 + 0 = 2, so comment number two, you're the winner.

Congrats to somcak, please contact me so I can ship your prize out.

To the rest of the nine lovely people who commented, if you'd like a runner-up prize, contact me. I have some found four leaf clovers and other goodies.

Sunday Best Giveaway

Today seems like a good enough day for some freebies. Post a comment in the 'Sunday Best' thread and you're entered to win the book, the photo and the envelope. Make sure you leave an email or other way to get in touch with you. I'll accept entries until 9:00 AM eastern time tomorrow.

I'll announce the winners tomorrow morning.

Sunday Best

Black and white photo, found in Tullar Meredith Company envelope, 2.5 inches by 4 inches.

Found in "The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas. Published by the Wm. L. Allison Co., circa 1880.

If you haven't read the newest post, I'll be giving all three of these items away tomorrow morning - just leave a comment in this post and you are entered.

Dancing 9PM

Bar flyer: 
Halloween at boybar
Wednesday 31 Oct.
Found in "The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature: The Collected Writings of Neal Pollack" published by Perennial/Harper Collins, 2002.

Love is... kind of creepy

Clipping of a cartoon:

Love is... ...being there when she needs you.

Found in "Tinker and Tanker" by Richard Scarry. Published by Garden City Publishing, 1960.

Day Tripper

45 record, The Beatles 'Day Tripper/We Can Work It out.'

Found in "An Atlas of Anatomy for Artists" by Fritz Schider. Published by Dover, 1947.


Found this turn of the century scrapbook while sorting, thought all of you might enjoy it. It's filled with clippings of illustrations of beautiful and famous women of the day.

Click to enlarge the pictures.


Black and white photo, 3.5 inches by 3.5 inches.

Found in "The Other One" by Catherine Turney. Published by Henry Holt, 1952.

What Gentle Zephyrs Fan

Poem (ed: it's James Whitcomb Riley, some of the verses are left out)

To Benj. F. Johnson

The Old Man

Lo! steadfast and serene,
In patient pause between
The seen and the unseen,
What gentle zephyrs fan
You silken silver hair, -
And what diviner air
Breathes round you like a prayer,
  Old Man?

Can you, in nearer view
Ol Glory, pierce the blue
Of happy Heaven through;
And, listening mutely, can
Your sense, dull to us,
Hear Angel - voices thus,
In chrous glorious - Old Man?

In your reposeful gaze
The dusk of Autumn days
Is blent with April haze,
As when of old began
The bursting of the bud
Of rosy babyhood -
When all the world was good,
  Old Man.
Found in "The African Queen" by C.S. Forester. Published by The Modern Library, 1940.

Comments update

Check out one of the older posts, "Inge."

Lake Owen

Postcard; titled "Scene At The Cavalier - Lake Owen - Cable, Wis. G-440"

Written on reverse:

Best wishes for the happiest birthday of all.
Mr. and Mrs. Hutchinson

Found in "The Life and Death of John of Barneveld" by John Lothrop Motley. Published by Harper and Bros., 1874.

Hey You

If you have any ideas for the site, or have some bookmarks of your own you'd like to contribute, let me know. I'd love to have a part-time accomplice.


Bookplate, 5 inches by 2.5 inches.

So long as wel love, we serve. So long as we are loved by others I would almost say we are indispensable; and no man is useless while he has a friend.

-Robert Louis Stevenson

Found in "Leslie's Year Book and Encyclopedia," no general author or editor. Published by Leslie-Judge Company, 1917.

Dear Diary

Found this 1950s diary in a box yesterday - nothing too scandalous, just your typical day-to-day observations.

A Charming Young Woman

Newspaper clipping.

The Late MISS RUTH SWEET of Utica.

Found in "A History of the Schenectady Patent in the Dutch and English Times" by Jonathan Pearson. Published by Joel Munsell, 1883.

Last chance

Less than two hours left on the French datebook auction for charity: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320357497785

Insert Feather Pun Here

Red feather. I think it's real.

Found in "The Well-Considered Garden" by Mrs. Francis King. Published by Scribner's, 1925.


Macy's bookmark, found in "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen. Published by Books Inc., no date, circa 1945.

The Island Of Rest

Photo postcard, titled "Opening of The Island of Rest."

No writing on reverse.

Found in "The Every-Day Philosopher in Town and Country" by the author of "The Recreations of a Country Parson" aka A. K. H. Boyd. Published by Ticknor and Fields, 1863.

UPDATE: TAKEN - Wednesday Freebie

Found this one at the bottom of a box of books. It was still in plastic, which I took off for the photo.

The packaging says 24 kt gold 'finish' - so don't get too excited.

If anyone wants him, send me an email using the contact form above.

And don't forget about our charity auction, there are five days left: 1926 French datebook

Sorry about the photos... we really need a photographer who knows what they're doing here at FB, and not some dummy bookseller.


I admit, I was saving this one for Sunday, but I don't get a lot of Sunday visits. 

Church ad, two inches by four inches. 
Typed on reverse:


Found in "Assignment in Brittany" by Helen MacInnes, Little Brown & Co., 1943.