I received an order for a vintage geography textbook this morning, "Maury's New Elements of Geography." As I was preparing the book for it's departure, a folded piece of paper slipped out of the back. Here are the contents:
E.W.A. Rowles
Supplies, Apparatus and Furniture for Schools and Colleges, Church, Theater and Hall Seating

327-331 South Market St.


Mr. W.G. Stone, Pres.,
Utica, N.Y.

Dear Sir:

Your new school building will undoubtedly need blackboards and equipment. As manunfacturers of this class of goods we are in a position to quote you very low prices, absolutely guaranteeing the quality to be equal to articles furnished by other manufacturers at much higher prices.

We ask you to kindly fill out the enclosed card giving all information possible, so that we can correct our records and be in a position to take the matter up with the proper parties when the time for furnishing the building arrives.

We thank you for giving this your prompt attention.

Yours very truly,
E.W.A. Rowles
Unfortunately, there are no school stamps or markings in the books to give us a clue as to what school this might have been. With some help from Google Books, I was able to find out that W.G. Stone was a engineer in Utica during this time, but there is no mention of school construction. The geography textbook was published by the American Book Company in 1907.



Written on reverse:

Crystal passed at Matt's

Found in "High Tide in Tuscon" by Barbara Kingsolver. Published by HarperPerennial, 1996.

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Crocheted bookmark.
Could be something else, but it works quite nicely between the pages.

Found in an old scrapbook.

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Photograph, no writing on reverse.

Found in "The Poems of Adelaide A. Proctor."  Published by Thomas Y. Crowell, no date listed. Gift inscription on book dated Christmas, 1901.

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Too Big For Roof Or Tent

Transit pass for the city of Rochester. Good for the week of June 24, 1939.

Features an advertisement for the "Moose Circus."

Found in "Witch Wood" by John Buchan. Published by Houghton Mifflin, 1927.

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The Beats

Blank piece of stationery from the Cunard Line - R.M.S. "Queen Mary."

Found in "The Beats" edited by Seymour Krim. Published by Gold Medal Books, 1960.

Oh, and the winner of today's 500th Post Giveaway was Mary Mount Dunbar, who entered via Facebook. Mary, I sent you a message, but get in touch with me if you can:

Thanks everyone - hope to bring you 500 more.

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The 500

This just happens to be the 500th post here on Forgotten Bookmarks.

To celebrate, let's give away some books:

Just comment to enter - I will announce the winner when I post today's forgotten bookmark, probably around 2:00 PM EST or so.

Good luck!

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English Muffin Loaves

Typed recipe:

English Muffin Loaves - Betty Gregory

5 1/2 - 6 cups flour *
1/4 tsp. baking soda
2 pkgs. Fleischman's Active Dry Yeast
2 cups milk
1 tbl. sugar
1/2 cup water
2 tsp. salt

*Measure by spooning flour lightly into cup

Combine 3 cups flour, yeast sugar, salt, and soda. Heat liquids until very warm (120° f. - 130° f.)
Add to dry mixture; beat well. Stir in enough more flour to make a stiff batter. Spoon into two 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" pans that have been greased and sprinkled with cornmeal. Sprinkle tops with cornmeal. Cover, let rise in warm place for 45 min. Bake at 400° f. for 25 min. Remove from pans immediately and cool.

To serve: Slice and toast. Makes 16 slices per loaf.

Found in "Florida's Favorite Foods" published by the Florida Department of Agriculture, 1961.

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As some of you might know, I recently joined the blogging team over at Forbes Magazine's "Booked." For my latest post, I thought it would be a fun idea to feature something I had found in an old Forbes. Easier said than done.

I have a quite a few old issues, that wasn't the problem. It turns out that people just don't leave bookmarks in magazines. The articles are single servings, no need to mark your place. I ended up going though about 40 issues before I finally came upon this:

 Order reciept and note, dated March 16th, 1970.

From: "Lilians"
3 Aylsham Crescent
Mile Cross

To: Mrs. Newton Avery

Dear Madam:
I have enclosed 3 ozs of wool, at 1/8 oz 5|-
Sorry I did not send it earlier, but I have been trying to get you the same dye no.. This is a very good material..
I haven't a shade card to spare at the moment, but when I see the rep, I will forward one on to you.

Yours Faithfully
L.M. Willnolt

Found in Forbes Magazine, Volume 15, Number 2, January 15, 1970.

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Romola Winner

Our giveaway winner was Jossie Posie, who entered right here. Congrats!

Romola Warbird

It's Friday, it's sunny, let's give away some books:

Two volume edition of George Eliot's "Romola." Published by Estes and Lauriat, 1890.

Comment to enter - I will announce the winner tomorrow (May 15, 2010) at 1:00 PM EST.

Good luck!

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Back to Back

I was so pleased with yesterday's negative scanning, I decided to dig up the rest of the mysterious negs I had been saving.

The results:

Just a guess, but tThese all appear to be from the same roll of film. I'll post more of the photos I've found next week.

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As some of you know, I finally picked up a new scanner. It has already paid for itself:

Photograph negative.

Found in "Glimpses of the Barren Lands" by Captain Thierry Mallet. Published by Revillion Freres, 1930.
Thanks to my new scanner, I was able to get a nice shot of the negative:

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Brigham Young's Beehive House

Stereoscopic photograph of Brigham Young's Beehive House, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Dated 1894 by Strohmeyer and Wyman.

Found in "Talks With T.R. - From the Diaries of John J. Leary, Jr." Published by Houghton Mifflin, 1920.

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 Advertisement for a raffle drawing (I assume). No information on reverse.

Found in "Jaw Harp Self-Instruction Method." Published by M.M. Cole, 1956.

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Mathewson and McGraw

 Newspaper clipping featuring a photo of New York Giants star Christy Mathewson and manager John McGraw.

In 1912 Christy Mathewson and John McGraw dominated the scene.

Dated on reverse "April 13 1952."

Found in "Captain Horatio Hornblower" by C.S. Forester. Published by Sun Dial Press, 1944.

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Very Pretty, Very Warm

Postcard, dated March 22, 1917.
Front features the riverfront of Rockledge, Florida.



Wished(?) you could see this place.
Very pretty, very warm to day.



Mr. George Wilson
Middlefield NY

Found in "The Pictorial Edition of the Works of Shakespeare: Volume 1." Edited by Charles Knight, published by Collier around 1880.

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Knitters Unite

Between Blogger, Twitter and Facebook, I have been lucky enough to interact with many of you readers out there. The reason I started this blog was to share some of these odd and poignant pieces with the world. So far, so good.

I'm happy to report that I've learned a little bit about all of you. I will admit that I click through many of your profiles just to see who's out there. What have I learned? You are all book lovers. You know I dig that. Crafters as well. As a DIYer and part-time knitter myself, I really enjoy seeing what you all are up to.

That said, I can't help but think that many of you might enjoy this book:

From the Amazon page:

Martini decided to knit the extraordinarily complicated Alice Starmore Fair Isle sweater pattern, known as Mary Tudor, and now chronicles her 12 months’ experience. Shades of Julie and Julia? Well, yes, but Martini offers a deeper, more reflective narrative, one that showcases her interactions with other well-known stitchers; her book features family snippets and personal philosophies and her travels to places where knitters congregate, such as Toronto and Rhinebeck, New York.

We meet Ann Shayne, coauthor of Mason-Dixon Knitting (2006), as well as Amy R. Singer, “Master of the Knitting Universe.” We learn a lot about the craft (or is it an art?) from statistics and these profiles of major figures as well as achieve an understanding of the community that binds knitters together. Marvel—even if you’re a nonknitter—at Martini’s way with words: “Scissors and knitting go together like mashed potatoes and chocolate syrup.” Purling through life was never so fascinating. --Barbara Jacobs

Come on readers, this is right up your alley. Doesn't this sound like an awesome book?
Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy.

If you need more convincing, check out her website,, or look her up on Twitter.

Kids Say The Darndest Things


In case you can't read it, the kid's sign says "Fleming Is A Scrub." It looks like the original sign said something different, the edits are in pen.

Found in "Square Foot Gardening" by Mel Bartholomew. Published by Rodale, 1981.

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Small advertisement for Sapolio soap.

Found in "The Phantom of the Poles" by William Reed. Published by Rockey, 1906.

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