Black and white photo.

Found in "Uncle Sam's Navy: How It Fights" by George Avison. Published by Macmillan, 1944.

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Found this money bag at the bottom of a box of books.






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Bookmark winner

What a great response to the bookmark giveaway, I had no idea so many people would be interested.

The winner was Snugglebug - email me so we can arrange shipping:


Bad Habit

Dried flower bookmark.

Found in "The Called and The Chosen: A Nun's Life Inside Convent Walls" by Monica Baldwin. Published by Signet, 1958.

If you want the bookmark, let me know. I'll pick a random winner tomorrow.

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Appropriate Measurements

To-do list:

Geoff To Do List:

1. Call Jen and ask
  • what type of heat? electric or gas?
  • washer & dryer?
  • dishwasher?

2. Finish Campus Heights Apt. application AND return

3. Transfer $10.00 from savings to checking

3. Pick out tuxedos (call Matt for appropriate measurements)

4. Pay Verizon bill DUE MON 1/14

Found in "What to Expect When You're Expecting" by Arlene Eisenberg. Published by Workman, 1991.

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The Pilot's Wife


Written on reverse:

Jan 1970

81 + 80 years

Found in "The Pilot" by James Fenimore Cooper. Published by President Publishing, circa 1900.

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Matzo Balls

Partial recipe for "Matzo Balls."

1/2 cup water
1/4 cup fat
2 eggs
salt & pepper
meal to consistency for rolling

Found in "Player Piano" by Kurt Vonnegut. Published by Scribners, 1952.

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Every Job Guaranteed

Small advertisement for radio repair. 

Found in "The Red Pony" by John Steinbeck. Published by The Viking Press, 1945.

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Either He Deed or He Didn't

Deed, dated February 2, 1917. Describes a tract of land in Maryland, NY sold for the price of $1.

Found in "The Book of Progress: Volume II" edited by Albert A. Hopkins. Published by Cricks, 1915.

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Cutouts from a mermaid illustration.

Found in "Miss Toosey's Mission" by the author of "Laddie" (Evelyn Whitaker). Published by Henry Altemus, 1903.

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Be Sure To Ask Mother

This bit of cardboard used to come in boxes of Shredded Wheat. You could collect a bunch and bind them together with string. Pictured is the card for Hungary, I also found a card for "Puss in Boots" -

Found in "The Golden Book Illustrated Dictionary: Volume 5." Published by the Golden Press, 1961.

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Hello everyone... wanted to give you all an update, there's been a death in my family, so there might not be a new post or giveaway for a few days.

I promise I'll be back soon. Thanks for your understanding.

I Can't Afford A Carriage

Half of a letter from the Consolidated Carriage Works of Cortland, NY. No date.

Found in "An Old-Fashioned Girl" by Louisa May Alcott. Published by Sampson & Low, circa 1913.
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Possible Short

No idea what this is. The only clues I could find were references to a "possible short" and "GE Tube" so there's a chance it's some sort of electrical diagram.

Found in "Paris in the Past" published Skira, 1957.

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Johnny Appleseed Bars

Recipe for "Johnny Appleseed Bars" -

1 c flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 c oats
2/3 c brown sugar (packed)
1/2 c oil
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla

Mix together and press half of dough in 9" square pan

Sprinkle with 1 c nuts 2 c thin sliced apples

Spread rest of dough over nuts and apples, press down with pancake turner and smooth top

Bake 350 degrees - 25 min.

Cool and sift conf. sugar

Cut in bars

Found in "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte. Published by Random House, 1943.

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Tall Guy Is Tall

Photograph, no date or writing.

Found in "Split Images" by Elmore Leonard. Published by Quill, 1999.

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Giveaway: 10 Biographies: CONTEST CLOSED

Contest winner was Sharon Galligar Chance, who entered on Facebooks.

Thanks to all who entered.

Quickie giveaway, 10 biographies seen above.

Winner picked at random at 12:30 PM EST (about an hour and a half)

Comment here or over on Facebook to enter.

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Four leaf clover affixed to a slip of paper. Written:

Margaret Ida Graham

July 4 1927

Found on Fifth Ave



Found in "A History of Ornament, Ancient and Medieval: Volume 1" by A.D.F. Hamlin. Published by The Century Co., 1916.

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Subterranean Homesick Blues

Postcard, dated May 18, 1968. Printed on the back:

Showing the Texas School Book Depository Building (Hertz sign on roof) where bullet was fired that killed President Kennedy. Then, showing left to right: Hall of Records Building, old Courthouse, and new Courthouse. Underpass on left is the one the Kennedy caravan passed through en route to Parkland Hospital where the President died.


Dearest Ann,

I am in Dallas on a National Convention for nurses - 10,000 nurses are here.

My traveling mate and also roommate from home is more fun. We have been laughing until we ache all over. We leave here Friday 1 PM for home. It has been really fun and educational.


Found in "The Subterraneans" by Jack Kerouac. Published by The Grove Press, 1966.

Here's what the underpass and surrounding buildings look like today.

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