We've Got Ideas

Black and white photo, dated September 1963.

Found in "Das Kapital" by Karl Marx. Published by Gateway, 1961.

Anyone know what kind of car that is?

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Last Will and Testament

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

Bonus: Check out the author's inscription in this book:

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Things That Were Familiar


Dear Helene -

I hope you will enjoy reading this book as much as I did - not that we follow quite the same route this man did but there are a number of things that were familiar -
Much love to you

Found in "Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger. Published by Signet, 1960.

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For The Morning After The Night Before

Postcard from "The Bird in Hand" restaurant in NYC. Postmarked April 20, 1942.

(The Bird in Hand) -- is worth two in the bush. Some bird!!
Hazel & Jim (??)

Found in "The Moonlight Traveler: Great Tales of Fantasy and Imagination" selected by Philip Van Doren Stern. Published by Garden City Publishing Co., 1945.

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Good Versus Evil


Found in "Relationship Rescue" by Phillip McGraw. Published by Hyperion, 2000.
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Full Disclosure

This day had to come eventually. I was going through one of my bookshelves recently, and came across my own forgotten bookmark. This is a note for me from my Dad, written around 1996 or so, if I had to guess:

Hi Mike

• Sealing the gutter trouble spots
• If painter is not coming, bank dirt high up wall, do all you can to divert water. There is perforated pipe under deck. Put them under the dirt first. No floods this year!
• Painting the back room.

Found in my copy of "Catch 22" by Joseph Heller. Published by Dell, 1971.

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So Much


Se tanto, que a veces creo que no se nada.

I know so much so, much but, sometimes, I guess that I don't know nothing.
Bold strength bold caution + ?? / amusement


You're very, very wide.

Found in "The Poets and Poetry of Europe" by Henry Longfellow. Published by Porter and Coates, 1871.

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Pass It On

Burton poem on thick stock card:

Pass It On

Have you a kindness shown?
Pass it on;
'Twas not given to you alone,
Pass it on.
Let it travel down the years,
Let it wipe another's tears,
Till in heaven the deed appears -
Pass it on.
Have you found the heavenly light?
Pass it on;
Souls are groping in the night,
Daylight gone.
Hold thy lighted lamp on high,
Be a star in some one's sky,
He may live who else would else would die, -
Pass it on.

-Henry Burton

Found in "The Holy Bible" published by American Bible Society, 1880.

-- Feel better, A.S..

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Ok, today's winner is Spacebeer.

SB, send me an email at fb AT forgottenbookmarks.com to set up shipping accommodations for your new books.

Thanks to all who entered - remember this is a rolling contest, and I'll be giving away a new set of books on Friday. The first book on the new pile is leatherette copy of "The Scarlett Letter" published by Thomas Nelson, circa 1910. For every 25 new followers/Facebook fans/RSS subscribers, I will add another to the giveaway.

Giveaway Reminder: UPDATE CONTEST OVER

Just a quick update on the giveaway that's going on. Adding another book, this is 1928 edition of 'Little Men' illustrated by Clara Burd.

The formula is as follows:

For every 25 new followers/fans/subscribers I get via Twitter/Facebook/RSS, I will add another book. All books will be given away today at 3:00 PM.

Here are pics of the books so far:

To enter, just comment or reply. I'm still counting the replies and comments from previous announcements.

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Future Shock

Two black and white photos in original envelope.

Found in "The Boudoir Murder" by Milton M, Propper. Published by Harpers, 1931.

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It May Be Valuable To You

Diphtheria toxin-antitoxin certificate, dated March 1929.

Found in "Theodore Roosevelt: An Autobiography." Published by Scribners, 1920.

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Climb A Tree


Thanks so much - saw Alfie Campbell in Wooster + she said she actually knew of a guy in India who did what is described in book: climb a tree, create a hullabaloo, etc!! Maybe the author knew the same guy - or read of it!

Found in "Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard" by Kiran Desai. Published by Atlantic Monthly Press, 1998.

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Devilled Eggs

From yesterday's request thread, here's a letter:


Dear George,
Thank you very much for your abundant mail- two letters and one postcard!! Sorry I could not reply sooner, this is the first quiet day with time to write letters. Well, it seems that HENRY'S BIRTHDAY was the outstanding big event of the season. I never knew that preparing devilled eggs could hold so much drama! Anyway, although I do not have the pleasure of knowing Henry, as an expert in birthdays, 95 versus 70, I wish him a Very Happy Birthday, and many happy returns. You have been so involved in devilled eggs and other birthday-related events, did you even notice that there were other things going on in the world?: A republican convention, designed to make us appreciate and sadly miss eight years of Clinton soap operas. What do Americans expect of their president anyway? Statesmanship? What an old-fashioned idea. Only an 95 year old woman could have such notions. Which brings me to the fact that yours truly also celebrated a birthday in July, a 95th. My family pulled out all the stops to make it a real big occasion. They were all here, grandsons, grand-daughter, son, daughter, in-laws. It lasted five days and I survived it with flying colors without getting another heart-attack. Now Niall is back in Berkeley, Michael has just started a new job for one year: A leadership training course with an organization called The Green Corps. Julia will be here in Binghamton where she has been accepted in a community service job.

To-morrow Suzanne and I will go to Ithaca to visit a Friend's Retirement Home. Not for the duration as far as I am concerned, but for 2 months, November and February when Suzanne will be in Europe with Ross, who is taking a full year's sabbatical. There are retirement homes here in Binghamton, but I am sure to find more interesting people in a place that caters mostly to retired Cornell faculty and their friends. If plans work out it would mean that I will miss the second half of your Studs Turkel reading. We'll know more to-morrow after our visit. I certainly will keep you au courant. I see from the Lyceum program that "Great Decisions" are being discontinued. It is about time. Probably Haessler did not want to do it anymore. I am getting tired and have to close for to-day.

Regards to Kit, love, Greta

Found in "The Spider's House" by Paul Bowles. Published by Black Sparrow Press, 1993.

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Anything But 'Free Bird'

I decided to take some requests this morning. What are you all in the mood for? Photos? A letter? Old postcard? Baseball card?

Let me know in the comments, I will try and get to as many as I can.

Persons, Places and Creatures

Vinyl bookmark from "Petrified Creatures - Warren NY"

Here's Where I fell Asleep

Found in "Persons and Places" by George Santayana. Published by Scribners, 1944.

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Ballgame Over

I have been saving this one for a few months in case the old Yanks pulled it off, and they did.

Baseball ticket for Game 75, The New York Yankees vs. the Boston Red Sox, September 18, 1955, at Yankee Stadium.

Found in "Journeyman" by Erskine Caldwell. Published by Signet, 1953.

If you are interested (I was), the Yankees beat the Sox, 3-2.

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Superior Quality

Letter regarding the purchase of chairs from the Kalamazoo Sled Company, dated April 2, 1917.

Mrs. M. Beckwith,
Garrison NY

Dear Madam-
Replying to your letter of the 23rd ult., we quote you on six No. 730 chairs, a price of $7.50 each, freight prepaid to your address, and trust we may have your order.

Yours truly,
Kalamazoo Sled Co.

Found in "New Testament Theology: Volume One" by Dr. Willibald Beyschlag. Published by T & T Clark, Edinburgh, 1899.

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Double Feature

I love when readers contact me about some of the stuff they come across. Today's post features two of these finds.

First up is a submission from Peter:

Here's the best thing I ever found in a book: an ad, dated ca. 1893, for "Tundum - The Wonder of the Age," an anaesthetic for tooth extractions. I found it in a trove of old books that came to my father (later to me) after the death of a relative in central Georgia. Most of the books are glorifications of the Confederacy like Thomas Nelson Page, _Two Little Confederates_ (New York: Scribners: 1905)--pretty distasteful stuff. But I think I probably found it in a torn up and fragmentary copy of Andrews' Latin Dictionary. Since I was so amused by it my parents had it framed; and that explains the discoloration.

He adds:

I used to think that the substance was probably cocaine, but I understand that cocaine was injected when used in dentistry. Thomas D. Luke, Anaesthesia in Dental Surgery, 2nd ed. (1906) reports that certain volatile compounds were applied directly to the gums as a "refrigerating agent."
Thanks Peter.

Next up is Rose, who found this gem in a copy of "The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats"

If you closely, you can read the inscription:

31st Annual New York City High School Poetry Contest
May 1962
Fourth Prize - Peggy S???
Louis R ???? Chairman
Pasted in is a newspaper article about the contest.

Thanks Rose and Peter - and if any of you have something to share, drop me a line.

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First, I want to thank all who entered. All told, there were over 200 entries. Not too shabby.

I used my old technique of pasting all names from all websites (Facebook, Twitter, Blogger comments, reddit) into a text editor so they all had their own line number... went to random.org and it spit out number 44, who happens to be Jessica, who entered via Facebook.

Jessica, I have already sent you a message on Facebook, so check it out.

Thanks again everyone, and I think this is how I'll do the giveaways from now on - winners announced every Monday with escalating prizes. Seemed to work well.

See you all tomorrow with a new forgotten bookmark.