See Ya Monday

 Postcard, dated June 7th, 1974.

Judy -

Hi! Greetings from the Pa. Turnpike. Hope you didn't work too hard today!

See ya Monday


To: Miss Judy (I guess it could be Jody)
Main Street
Cooperstown NY 13326

Found in "The Little Minister" by J.M. Barrie. Published by The Lowell Press. It's our bookperdiem.

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The Golden Age

Three military patches. After some research, I found out that MAAF stands for Mediterranean Allied Air Forces, the major Allied air force organization during World War II. The third patch appears to be the crusader's shield and sword, an emblem of the British Second Army.

Found in "The Golden Age" by Kenneth Grahame. Published by John Lane, 1924.

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Giveaway: Classics: CONTEST CLOSED

Another giveaway, this one is for 16 various classics.

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Comment to enter, winner will be picked at random at 2:30 PM EST today (about an hour and a half)

--Winner was Tiffany

Giveaway: Lucky 13: CONTEST CLOSED

Today's giveaway includes thirteen author biographies (thought I might do something different):

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OK, winner was Sal Towse, who entered over on Facebook. Thanks for entering, I will try and get another contest up today.

Ghost Light

 Photo with post it stuck on the back:

Merry Christmas!

The picture is Joe Dowling and Frank Rich in a public discussion at The Guthrie Theater.

Phyl + Don

Found in "Ghost Light" by Frank Rich. Published by Random House, 2000. (Book is also signed by Rich, dated 11-26-01)

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Commending Their Sky

Newspaper clipping of an obituary, no date.

SHELL - In this city, on Friday evening, July 3, aged 21 years and 10 months, Frederick P. Shell, a well-known Teacher in the Drawing and Painting school of Mr. Coe, in the New York University.

Possessing a delicate constitution, and with most of his time occupied in teaching he was a careful student of nature, and has left pictures which compare favorably with the most gifted of our younger artists. Extremely social in his habits, and pleasing in his address, with a kind word for every person of every condition, he parts with a large circle of sincere friends. Prostrated with his last day's efforts in teaching, the pupils of the school in all parts of the country will be interested to know they were not forgotten by him in his last hours. Calling many by name in his partial delerium, he would cheer them onward, commending their sky, the rocks and the water, and encourage them to rely on their own exertions. His thoughts, particularly during the past few months have been turned to contemplate the future, and his friends are consoled with the hope that he has gone to that "city, where they have no need of the sun neither of the moon, to shine it, for the glory of God and the Lamb are the light thereof." 

Found in "Eight Cousins" by Louisa May Alcott. Published by Roberts, 1890.

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Jane Came By With A Lock Of Your Hair

Forgotten Bookmarks reader Allena sent this one in:

Lock of hair in envelope with name written on outside.

Found in "Tokology: A Book for Every Woman" by Alice B. Stockham. Published by Sanitary Publishing Co., 1887.

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Go Ask Alice


How do we keep the enthusiasm and avoid the destruction?

Getting the state to do what religion can’t itself do? (little league)

Any religion that needs the state to subsidize and support it doesn’t deserve to survive

Found in "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll. Published by Doubleday circa 1950.

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Giveaway Winners

OK, that was a lot harder than I thought. 521 total entries. It took me a while to format and sort the list, but it's done, so let's get to the winners.

3rd Prize, the set of Harvard Classics, goes to @AllTheWiser, who entered on Twitter.

2nd Prize, the Dickens and Thackeray, goes to John Rudy, who entered on Facebook.

1st prize, 80 books, goes to Emilee, who entered on Forgotten Bookmarks.

I will on contact with you three in a moment, but if you don't hear from me, please email so we can set up shipping:

Thanks to everyone who entered, what a great turnout! I'll have another big giveaway blowout next week - I'll see if I can make it bigger than this one.

Giveaway Update: CONTEST CLOSED

I've had a ton of entries, so I decided to add a second and third place prize:

Second place prize are these leatherbound Dickens and Thackeray books.

Third place is this grouping of Harvard Classics.

Good luck everyone! Remember, entries will be accepted here on the site, on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr.

Winners will be picked at random today (Saturday August 21) at 1:00 PM EST.

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Giveaway - 80 Vintage and Antiquarian Books: CONTEST CLOSED

Today's giveaway is for these 80 vintage and antiquarian books. Most are classics, but there should be something for everyone in there.

Comment to enter, I will be picking a winner at random tomorrow (Saturday, August 21st, 2010) at 1:00 PM EST. Entries will be accepted here on the site, on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr.

Good luck!

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Hold On

Illustration with pervious owner's name, Margaret Graham.

Found in "Of Human Bondage" by M. Somerset Maugham. Published by Garden City Publishing Co., 1915. This books is also today's bookperdiem.

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Emma and Julius

Postcard, photo of house on front. No postmark or date.
On reverse:

Birthday greetings from Emma and Julius

P.S. Picture of our house

To J. Henry 

Found in "Tales of Edgar Allan Poe."  Published by The Lowell Press, circa 1940. The Poe book is today's Book per diem.

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Best Intentions

This was the first page of a journal, one of the ones that looks like a normal book but the inside pages are blank:

Sunday October 21, 2000 2001

I bought this book yesterday with the intention of filling it with stories. my stories, stories of friends and people I have met, and the stories I tell myself to make the days go by. it will be my book. I'd love "to be a writer," and to write a book. maybe i will pupl publish this - or maybe this will be it...

Here goes nuthin!!

This was the only entry in the journal.

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Mr. Gordon


Mr. Gordon gave a recitation in Oral Expr. this A.M..
The title of it was 'My sister has a beau."
He got part way through and forgot.
He waited for a week or so, then he said "Well, I guess I have tackled something I can't go thru with."
We all had to laugh. He is so funny.

Found in "Wild Northern Scenes" by S.H. Hammond. Published by Potter and Co., 1863.

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Momma loves you and I'm real proud of the work you're doing on your rug!

Good luck today!

Found in "Wapootin" by Jane and Paul Annixter. Published by Coward and McCann, 1976

Gimme Shelter

Apartment hunting list, Boston area. (phone numbers censored)

Found in "Midwives" by Chris Bohjalian. Published by Vintage, 1997.

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Tough Day

Note, could be a page from a diary:

Went to work
Boss was told by someone about being arested, Almost relaps into doing drugs!
But held my ground after talking to Mom, ???, Fred
Feel a little better

Found in "The Book of Gods and Devils" by Charles Simic. Published by Harcourt Brace, 1990.

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A Realist's Heart

This forgotten bookmark comes from one of readers. Robin sent along these pictures and this note:

Today I found a 1923 edition of Sara Teasdale's "Love Songs" at a thrift store and snagged it for 65 cents. Once home, I opened it up to enjoy poetry and found several forgotten items. A bookplate in front, accompanied by a post it which had the story of how the book was passed from its original owner to the next. Then an obituary notice for the original owner and a feature article from her hometown newspaper, with her life story in it. I was amazed! How often do you buy an old book and get with it the life story of it's original owner?

Bookplate reads "Lois Anne Smith". The post it reads:
2-16-2004, Miss Smith gave this book to Mary Lee after her 90th birthday party. We visited her about 1995..6?? She was a sister to J. W. Collier's mother, Raywil. She taught Mary Lee at Paschal, later became my patient. Don Boston

The obituary is for Lois Anne Smith. The first part reads:
Fort Worth: Lois Anne Smith, 91, a retired teacher with Fort Worth public schools, died Tuesday (handwritten is the date June 11th, 1996) at a local nursing center. Lois was born Aug. 26, 1904, in Sherman TX. She was the daughter of Dr. Forrest Smith and Jessie Thomas Smith. She was a member of Broadway Baptist Church for more than 80 years. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1926 from Baylor University and a master of arts in 1939 from Texas Christian University.

The article is from the Fort Worth Star Telegram newspaper, June 13, 1996. It tells the tale of a woman who taught English to high schoolers for 30 years "with an artist's eye and a realist's heart" and was much beloved by her former students, many of whom are quoted in the article. One student states, "She showed me that writing and books had lives to be shared. With her, literature was a window to understand and appreciate humanity."

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Mr. Pickwick On Wheels

Advertising card:

Mr. Pickwick on Wheels -

Mr. Pickwick becometh a Star.
Goldsmith Bros. and Co.
Merchant Tailors
New No. 146 North Clinton Street (old no. 57)
Rochester N.Y.

Found in "The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett." Published by Harper & Bros., 1899.

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Old Man winner

Lots of entries today - huzzah!

44 on Facebook
38 here
36 on twitter
8 on tumblr
3 via email (??)

Anyway, the winner...

Congrats to slightly bedraggled / snackajawea, who entered on tumblr.
Thanks everyone - next big giveaway will be Tuesday.

Giveaway: Old Man and the Sea First Edition: ENDED

Giving away this first edition of Hemingway's "Old Man and the Sea" from 1952.

Comment to enter, I'll pick a winner at random today at 3:00 PM EST.

Good luck!

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No Illusions

Note card signed by author of this book:

Because this book is a gift it need not clutter up your shelves. Pass it on. The author has no illusions about its enduring worth. Nor need you fear that he will question you about the contents when we meet. But as long as it stays with you,  let this card remind you that it is sent with the sincere affection of your friend.


John van Schaick, Jr.

Boston, 1926

Found in "Cruising Cross Country" by John van Schaick, Jr.. Published by Universalist Publishing House, 1926.

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Fran And Bonnie


Dear Fran -

When I saw this card, it stirred up some ancient memories. Thought you might enjoy this too.

Getting itchy for a gab session with you - been missing you, and looking at this card makes it worse.


Found in "Sure of You" by Armistead Maupin. Published by HarperPerennial, 1990.

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Martha My Dear

Trade card.

Printed on reverse:
80 Main St
Batavia NY
R.W. Shannon.
Martha from Howard
Nov. 6 1904
Found in "Galahad: Enough of His Life to Explain His Reputation" by John Erskine. Published by Eveleigh, Nash and Grayson, 1927.

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Sweet Clover

Label from a can of Sweet Clover Brand condensed milk.

Found in "Boston and the Boston Legend" by Lucius Beebe, published by D. Appleton-Century, 1935.

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Man On The Moon

Today's guest bookmarks come from Kate McKean, who was kind enough to share some of her finds:

The Bible is from a used book in London, purchased in about 1999. The text on the inside cover says (sideways) "Man will reach the moon before 1980. D Gray 22/7/54."

And then on the other side: "If seeds in the black earth, turn into such lovely roses, what might the heart of man become, in it's long journey to the stars. H.G. Wells."

"David Gray, 197, Longwood Gdns [?Oxford] [??]"

The second is a volume of Shakespeare, complete with dried four leaf clovers:

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