Illustration titled "A Yankee Clipper" by Frank Vining Smith.

Best Wishes for Christmas and the New Year

The Seamen's Bank for Savings

Found in "Authors and Publishers" published by Putnam and Sons, 1883.

EDIT: there was also a little dried flower in there, but it turned to dust as soon as I touched it.

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Contract agreeing to the manufacture of pruning shears, dated 1871:


Whereas, Lawrence Campbell, of Marengo, County of Calhoun, State of Michigan, did obtain Letters Patent of the United States, for certain improvements in pruning and hedge shears, which letters bear date the 22nd of September, 1868, and are numbered 82,290;

Now this agreement witnesseth, that John Sweeney, of Quincy, Michigan, hereby agrees to manufacture and furnish to E H Babbins said pruning and hedge shears, for the price and sum of two dollars and fifty cents, each, for the small size, and three dollars, each, for the large size, on delivery, during the life of said patent.

And the said E H Babbins agrees to pay to the said John Sweeney, two dollars and fifty cents, each, for the small size, and three dollars, each, for the large size, payable on delivery for all shears ordered.

Said shears to be delivered at the Express Office named in the order.

PO Quincy Mich.
Dated Nov. 1st, 1871
John Sweeney

Found in "Jewels for the Household; or Selections of Thought and Anecdote for Family Reading" by Tryon Edwards. Published by Case, Lockwood & Co., 1858.

Thanks to the handy Google Patent Search, I was able to find out a bit more about Mr. Campbell's improvements:

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Removal Notice

Removal notice announcing both the 70th anniversary and moving of the offices of the E.B. Estes Company.

Card is dated 1917.

1847-1917 - Telephone Greeley 4820-4821
New York, January 18th, 1917.

E.B. Estes and Sons, on this seventieth anniversary of their establishment, announce the removal of their New York offices, sales and sample rooms to 362 & 364 Fifth Avenue, near 34th Street, New York.

At this new centrally located address, convenient to the railroad terminals and the hotel center, they hope to have the pleasure of your frequent visits.

Warehouse, Bush Terminal Building No. 10, Brooklyn NY

Found in "Economics and Ethics" by J.A.R. Marriott. Published by E.P. Dutton, no date, circa 1910.

If you have a few minutes, I found that the history of this company was a fascinating read.

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Classics winner was Vanessa, who entered on Facebook.

Such a fantastic response, will have another big giveaway tomorrow.

Giveaway: 10 Classics

Giveaway - ten classics, including O. Henry, D.H. Lawrence, George Eliot, Sophocles, Dumas and more.

Reply here to enter, or you can enter on Twitter and Facebook.

I'll pick a winner at random today at 5:00 PM.

Good luck!

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Symbols of Health

 Bookmark advertising Christmas Seals. Date on stamps in illustration is 1956.

Found in "Berkeley's Theory of Vision" by D.M. Armstrong. Published by the Melbourne University Press, 1960.

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To The Best Of My Abilities

Campaign letter from Riley A. Wilson, candidate for the Assembly of New York, dated October 28, 1915.

Savannah NY, Oct. 28 1915

My dear sir:

I am a candidate for Member of Assembly on the Republican ticket. I have served two terms in that body and would be glad to have any citizen of Wayne County investigate my record. I have stood for clean, wholesome legislation and my vote has always been recorded in favor of such legislation. I have, in every way to the best of my ability, discharged my duties and safe-guarded the interest of Wayne County. If re-elected I shall, which my past experience and acquaintance, be able to render the People still better service.

Next Tuesday, Nov. 2, is election day. It is important that you as a Republican should make it a point to vote and enroll next Tuesday so that you can vote in the primary next year when a President and a Governor are to be nominated and elected. May I ask you to make it a point to not only come out next Tuesday and aid in the election of the Republican ticket but also endeavor to get your friends and neighbors to do the same?

Yours sincerely,

Found in "The New Century Dictionary: Volume One" published by Collier & Son, 1946.

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Cardboard Shriners fez, specifically from the Kalurah temple in Endicott, NY.

Found in "Stories and Pictures: Floodtide in the Southern Tier." Published by R.E. Atwood, 1935.

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Bad news, my vacation is over.

Good news, new forgotten bookmarks are coming soon.

Picture Day

I've posted a lot of photos here on Forgotten Bookmarks, but this one is my favorite.

Found in "Gumpy - Son of Spunk" by Arthur C. Bartlett. Puvlished by Cupples & Leon, 1930.

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The Ghost Story

Trade card. Reverse touts the wonderful curative powers of Dr. Jayne's tonics and pills.

Found in "Poems of Shelley" published by Macmillan and Co., 1887.

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Ten Acres Enough

Note (this must be note week):

Otego N.Y. April1 1894

Received of L.R. Georgia One Hundred and twenty four dollars $124.00 being the full amount due on mortgage given April 9, 1892

Lewis Wilber

Found in "Ten Acres Enough" published by the Orange Judd Co., 1906.

Couldn't find much info on Wilber or Georgia. I did see that Mr. Wilber is buried in Bundy Cemetery in Otego with his wife.

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God's Right Hand Man


use low heat setting for synthetics

if high heat setting is used spotting occurs

Neosporin for cuts

3 planes

p 800

Gods right hand man

Found in "The Lenin Anthology" edited by Robert C. Tucker. Published by WW Norton Co., 1975.

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Rough Patch

Military patch.

Found in "Pocket Dictionary of the French and English Language" by J.E. Wesseky. Published by Doubleday, 1929.

If anyone knows what this patch represents, leave a comment. I was unable to find it online.

Update - Crossett Library was kind enough to find out. It's a 4th Air Force.

Update 2 - Phoebe (via Facebook) has a bit more info:  

WW2 era US Army Air Corps 4th Air Force. They were the defence force for the Southwestern and Lower Midwest US HQ'ed out of March Field in California.

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From The Heart

Advertising card for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. Poem on front is "From the Heart of a Little Girl" by Annie Denman.

Found in "The Light in the East: The Life of Christ and The Apostles" by Rev. John Fleetwood. Published by the Jones Brothers, 1874.

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Dear Cousin

 Postcard, no date or postmark.

Dear Cousin,
I hope you will have a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year.
Mabry Bills

Master Herchel Logan
Windfield Kan

Found in "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Published by Houghton Mifflin, circa 1900.

Note, the name Herchel (or Herschel) Logan sounded familiar, so I did a quick Googling. Turns out Master Logan was a fairly well-known artist and author.

Now the name sounded really familiar. Sure enough, we have one of Logan's miniature books in stock:
The book is about 2.5 inches tall.

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Coming Back

Hand drawn map, with notes and a drawing:

Fri 4:30 PM leaving
Sun 9:30 AM coming back

Found in "Jitterbug Perfume" by Tom Robbins. Published by Bantam, 1984.

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Note. It looks like it was written by the author of yesterday's note:


I didn't suppose you ever used of these things.

You need an ??? Your ??? ribs are all broken. Amen.

Found in "Europe, Through a Woman's Eye" by Mrs. Lucy Yeend Culler. Published by the Lutheran Publication Society, 1883.

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A Slap On The Wrist


I should think you would know better than to use one of these trots. If I were the teacher I would slap you on the wrist.

(unknown signature)

Found in "Selected Poems of Matthew Arnold" published by Macmillan, 1878.

By the way, this is post number 600. Not too bad.

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Let's Dance

Slip of paper advertising the "Ballet Russes." Dated 1931.

Found in "Yvert and Tellier-Champion's Catalogue of Postage Stamps" published in 1927.

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Paris, 1937

Bookmark advertising the Paris World Exposition in 1937 (Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne).

Found in "English Book Illustration: 1800-1900" by Philip James. Published by King Penguin Books, 1947.

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