Today's find is a tad not safe for work, so if you want to see it in all it's glory, click the blurry version. There is no actualy nudity, but it's a vintage-pin-up-va-va-va-voom-Bettie-Page-style picture. On to it:

Pin-up post card, no writing or markings on reverse.

Found in "Operation Venus" by John Russel Fearn. Published by Scion Limited, no date (1950s or therabouts).


Bookmark from Gotham Book Mart. "Farrah Fawcett-Majors" in pencil on one side.

Found in "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle, published by World Publishing, 1970.

Merry Christmas to Jean

Small note card, 2 1/2 inches by 2 inches.

Merry Christmas to Jean
From Mom

With love and a fond memory of a day past.

Found in "The Dark is Rising" by Susan Cooper. Published by Collier Books, 1986.

New York, The Incomparable

Postcard, dated September 1912:

Miss Ethelwyn Doolittle
420 W 118th St
New York N.Y.

Welcome back to New York, the incomparable!

Found in "Jersey Street and Jersey Lane" by H.C. Bunner. Published by Charles Scribner's Sons, 1896.

Charge It

Credit card receipt and invoice from the Richfield Oil Corporation, dated May, 1963.

Found in "The Other I" by Yael Lotan. Published by Bobbs Merrill, 1962.

The Little Librarian

Bookmark, or Ars Sacra card, designed by "famous artist-nun B. Hummel."

Found in "The Adventures of Blair Whitney" by Jeanne Massey. Published by Henry Holt, 1954.


Three stamps from the "Hollywood Starstamps" set: Marie McDonald, Olga San Juan and Sherlock Holmes. Copyright 1947.

Found in "Gather Darkness" by Fritz Leiber. Published by Grossett and Dunlap, 1950.

Dwight Schrute Would Be Proud

Detached cover for a pamphlet or booklet on growing sugar beets. Published by Virginia-Carolina Chemical Co., Richmond VA. The cover is from book 16.

Found in "Our Boys: Entertaining Stories by Popular Authors" published by Saalfield, 1901.

Sure Sign You've Made It

Sorry about all the spam comments, have it on moderation for the moment.


urinalysis negative
drug screen negative
why were labs done?
not taking meds
√ levels?

Found in "The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara" by David I. Kertzer. Published by Vintage, 1997.

A few notes

There will be a real post later on today (read: after coffee and bagel) but wanted to fill you all in a few bits of news:

I'm working on setting up a FB sister site 'Handwritten Recipes.'

It will feature the recipes I come across when sorting through books. I have posted these on FB in the past, and I thought it would be nice to have them all in one place. I have a few up already:

http://www.handwrittenrecipes.com (BETA)
Always wanted to say that.

I'm also working on a super-secret project.
I'll let you know when it launches, or drops, or whatever happens with websites.

Book of Styles

Catalog post card for The Clement Co., fine seller of men's clothing.

Found in "The Oakland Stories: Kenny" by George B. Taylor. Published by Sheldon and Company, New York, 1865.


Found this neat old school notebook in a box of books. There's a date of 1904 on one of the pages:

Happy Curiosity

Two post-it notes:

Approach people w/
happy curiosity, it will
disarm them.
-concentrate on what
you like about others.
-Don't judge
don't worry about others
& what they're doing.
-be an individual
-you shouldn't need
anyone, enjoy being by

Don't analyze what
they're saying. if they
can't say, it's not
worth dealing with.

Found in "Visualizacion Creativa" by Shakti Gawain. Published by New World Library, 1995.

For Luck's Sake

Six dried and pressed four leaf clovers.

Found in "For Honor's Sake" by Lucy C. Lillie. Published by John C. Winston, 1891.

The Orphans Reverie

Illustration, entitled "The Orphans Reverie." Engraved by Charles T. Giles, NY. Original book unknown.

Found in "The Pictorial History of America" by S.G. Goodrich. Published by House & Brown, 1848.

Stream of Consciousness and Tonsils

To Miss Flavia L. Stern From Miss Cora Hornadue Sep 5 - 1928.
This book was brought to me by Miss Hornadue when she and Carl came up after he was in the hospital for the removal of his tonsills.
They and Pop and I went up to Saratoga Springs on the Sat after Sep 8 - 1928, and Sun we went down to Hilda, I stayed till the following Friday, when I came to Rockland spent the weekend at B.J. Fullers and attended the Seventh Fuller reunion at the home of Joseph Westfall at Shandalee Lake, also a business meeting at Cooks Falls Sep 16 - 1928
Written on the front endpaper of "Maria Chapdelaine" by Louis Hemon. Published by Grossett and Dunlap, 1927.

Just An Old Fashioned Greeting

Postcard, no writing or dates on reverse.

Found in "Game-Legs" by Arthur C. Bartlett, published by Cupples & Leon Co., 1928.


Used the same protocol as last time, copied comments, pasted into TextPad, used Random.org.

This time I collapsed comments so all entries contained the same amount of lines.

Here are the results:

and then...

which means...

Brandy, you're this week's winner. I'll email you after this posts.

As a special bonus prize, I won't sing the song. Won't even mention it.

Thanks to all who entered, check back later this week for more free books.


Up for grabs today are six matched volumes from the works of Louisa May Alcott. These six were published by Nelson Doubleday in the mid-1960s and feature black and white illustrations. See the titles in the second photo.
You know what to do, comment in this post to enter. I will announce the winner on Monday around noon.

Roast Beef

Recipe for Roast Beef and Veggies:

Elect skillet brown
fat side down on all sides
brown. Cover Tequilla lemon
or Tuscany (Knorr) sauce
15 (?) per lb after turning it to

Found in "Eight Cousins" by Louisa May Alcott. Published by Doubleday, 1968.

If you like Alcott, I will be giving away this book along with five other matched volumes tomorrow afternoon.

Odds and Sods

I hope to put up a bookmark later in the day, but wanted to post a few things first.

I'm thrilled to see Forgotten Bookmarks showing up in so many places. A sample:

Etsy: The Storque



James Frey's blog

Casual Optimist

The Genealogue

Snopes and Bookcrossing forums

and many, many more... can't tell you what it means to see so many people enjoying the site.

Don't want to just toot my horn here, so here's a submission from FB friend Jan Markley. I recently posted her find 'Open Toed Shoes.' Here's what she sends along:

Bringing Pagans togeather (sic) since 2001

These are the bookmarks I left in my friend Amber's copy of Death Masks by Jim Butcher when I returned it to her. Upon a recent visit to a hospital to visit a relative I went across the street to have a hamburger at the Wendy's restaurant chain where I proceeded to infiltrate a meeting of local Pagans (aka wiccans, wizards, witches, werewolves - well, maybe not the last one). How did I know they were Pagans? Three guys were sitting at a table with a sign that said: "Pagan meeting here." So being a writer, anthropologist, and incredibly curious person who now talks to strangers, I couldn't pass up the opportunity. Upon closer observation I noticed that each one wore a pentagram necklace. So I crashed their meeting (me: so you're like a bunch of Pagans eh?!) and I asked if I could join them.

So the bookmarks left in her book included a business card from Logan Stardust, Organizer - Bringing Pagans togeather (sic) since 2001, a hospital visitor infomation card, which on one side I scribbled down the names of the fantasy books the Pagan's recommended to me, and on the other side is a fundraising ad for the hospital foundation.

The Pagans nearly mugged me out for my friend's copy of Death Masks by Jim Butcher.

Scattered Thoughts

Illustration of two cardinals on card stock, probably trimmed from a larger piece, as the writing on the reverse is cut off.

Found in "Cannibals and Christians" by Norman Mailer. Published by Dell, 1967.


Work slip for a brakeman working the B&M Railroad.
Written on reverse:

10 P.M. Dr. came to Hazel
Pennicillin for virus +
Codeine for pain in back.
I saw Ralph in hall.

Found in "Life in America: Volume Two" by Marshall B. Davidson. Published by Houghton Mifflin, 1951.

Biwa Chop

Found this one in a book I was just about to ship out.
Looks like they are sides of a tea box.

Found in "Principles of Physics and Meteorology" by J. Muller. Published by Lea and Blanchard, first American edition, 1848.

FB Mentioned on Andrew Sullivan's 'Daily Dish'

The train kept a rollin' -

Adventures In Niche Blogging - The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan

Chocolate Krisp Kringles

Chocolate Krisp Kringles

1/3 cup butter
2/3 cup choc. chips

take off heat

stir in:
1/2 cup sugar

beat in:
1 egg
1/2 cup flour

put in pan - cover with chips + 1/3 cup nuts.

Bake at 400° - 12 minutes

Found in "The United States Regional Cook Book" edited by Ruth Berolzheimer. Published by the Culinary Arts Institute, 1947.

ED: If someone tries this one out, let me know. They sound pretty good.

Bush Pig

Collectible card from a cigarette package featuring the Bush-Pig (No.97)

Found in "The Food of the Gods" by H.G. Wells. Published by Collins (Pocket Classics series), no date, circa 1950s.