Grin and Bear It

Photo of a classroom, looks like it was "Bring Your Bear To Work" day.

Found in "Castaways of the Flying Dutchman" by Brian Jacques. Published by Philomel Books, 2001.

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Cracker Jack

Plastic Cracker Jack bookmark. I really like the koala.

Found in "Sounds of the River" by Da Chen. Published by Perennial, 2003.

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Label for "Spry" brand triple-creamed vegetable shortening, featuring Aunt Jenny, who reminds us:

I'm telling you - Spry cakes are lighter cakes!

Found in "Stories" by Katherine Mansfield. Published by Vintage Books, 1956.

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You Mess With The Bull, You Get Squash Pickles

Recipe for Squash Pickles:

4 qts. squash
6 sliced onions
2 green peppers
2 red peppers
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons salt

5 C. sugar
1 1/2 tsp tumeric
2 tbsp mustard
1 1/2 tsp celery salt
1 1/2 C. vinegar
1/2 C. water

Combine second list, pour over squash and bring to a boil

Found in "Horns of Ecstasy" by David Williams. Published by Beacon Envoy, 1961.

For what it's worth, this book looks fascinating. It's going on my to-read shelf.

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John, I'm Only Dancing

I was going to post an interesting recipe today, but I found this inscription at the last minute and wanted to share:

John K**** is a zombie hoof!


John K***** digs on all the motley girls in the grade!


Written on "Reflections on a Gift of Watermelon Pickle... and Other Modern Verse." Published by Scott, Foresman and Co., 1966.

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Number 701, Or The Post Where The Winner Is Revealed

Today's giveaway winner was @AleciaEllen, who entered on Twitter.

Thanks to the 125+ of you who entered, keep an eye out for the next one.

Giveaway: Lucky 700: CONTEST CLOSED

This will be post number 700 here on Forgotten Bookmarks, and I though we should celebrate with a giveaway:

10 vintage classics, from Emerson to Shakespeare to Sinclair Lewis.

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The Needs Of The Many

Commander Spock trading card and a "Friend of the Federation" membership card.

Found in "A Handbook of Tibetan Culture" edited by Graham Coleman. Published by Shambhala Publications, 1994.

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I've had these letters for a while, but was unable to find someone to help with the translation. With the help of the most excellent BarryPepito, who I found on reddit, I am finally able to share these with you:

My dear André,

Among the customers of the counter (other word for a bar), there is a lady and one of her friend who are looking for a good cellist in order to form a trio. I thought about you. It would be I think a great exercise for you and in the same time a delicious distraction. Secondly, these persons are from the "grand monde" (means high bourgeoisie, rich people) and that won't harm your relations (meeting important people). Then, with these relations, you could, I think, I believe, produce yourself one day or another in a professional way.

Anyway, give me as soon as possible your response concerning this matter. And if you're interested, please come over 2, place de l'Opera (2, Opera Plaza, Opera Square) {Monday morning} at the counter (bar). I will introduced you to my Head of Service who will do the rest.
I think that you all are perfectly healthy. Please send to your dear parents my best wishes. To you and your little sisters, receive kisses from your uncle.

Sign 67 rue de Clichy (Clichy Street) Paris

PS: your aunt sends you and your family affectionate kisses.

It's heavy-hearted that we received your letter, and we all thank Mme, Hekking and you, master (French title for lawyers), for the sympathy that you were willing to show us.

Man born of a woman, living for a short time, is filled with many miseries. He comes out like a flower, and is cut down: he goes in flight like a shade, and is never seen again.

Note, BP: After a little google, I found the original quote of the end of the text, it's from Job 14:1 and 14:2. Also, this note is the draft of the last letter:

27, rue Titon (Titon Street), Paris XI (Paris is split in districts called "Arrondissements", Titon street is in the 11th "Arrondissement)

Dear Doctor/Master, (still the French title for Lawyer, it could also havee been a teacher or even a member of a freemasonry, but generally, using only "maitre" is when you talk to a lawyer)

It's heavy-hearted that we received your letter, and we all thank Mme. Hekking and you master, for the sympathy that you were willing to show us after the death of my late mother. Man born of a woman, living for a short time, is filled with many miseries. (he cutted out the second part)

Because, here below, we are not masters of our destiny. Today we are but tomorrow, where will we be ? We flee like a shadow *(coming from the job 14:2 once again).

It has been 8 days already (tonight, at 10:30) that my beloved mother left this world of misery for (her?) eternity and her memory is still here. We need to spend hours so cruel for our poor hearts, to realize how worthless we are and see the vanity in which we live. Our consolation is that we are not eternal and that one day, we will also take this path to leave this land of pain where we are only passengers.

So I conclude, dear maître, by sending you my best regards.

André Sharon

The book the letters were in:

Found in "Histoire des Treize" by Honore de Balzac. Published by Societe d'Editions Litteraires et Artistiques, Paris, 1904.

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A Rich and Noble Future

Something a bit different today, I thought I'd show you these two gift inscriptions I came across recenty:

Surely it is fitting, Grace, to offer you Pater - who possesses so divinely the "hard gemlike flame," the "ecstasy." Yours is a rich, a noble future.

Found in "The Renaissance: Studies in Art and Poetry" by Walter Pater. Published by Macmillan and Co., 1924.

Cyril Hunt (?)

In memory of many a nice piece of haddock, many an omlette, and countless cups of tea - and the pleasant conversation which went with them.

From ?? Davis 31.5.32 

Found in "Eminent Victorians" by Lytton Strachey. Published by Chatto and Windus, 1929.

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Deposit slip for the Second National Bank of Cooperstown, New York. Dated January 3, 1919.

Found in "The Golden Canon" by G.A. Henty. Published by the Federal Book Company, 1899.

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Postcard - postmarked July 28th, 1910. Front illustration is titled "Boardwalk and Bathing, Atlantic City."

Written on reverse:

Having a gay time in Atlantic City. Will return early part of next week. Love to you and Mr. Mackey.


Found in "The Plan Book; Primary, Autumn" by Marian George. Published by A. Flanagan Company, 1897.

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Inauguration of Governor Charles E. Hughes

Assembly chamber, Capitol, Albany NY

January First

Nineteen hundred and Nine

Found in "Memorial of the Life, Character and Public Services of Oswell P. Flower." Published by James B. Lyon, 1900.

Flower was  Congressman from 1881 to 1883 and governor of New York from 1892 to 1894.

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Dear John,

These books are for Eleanor. Please take them to her when you go to see her.

Didn't want to send them to the hospital. Afraid she would have been moved.

I know this is all hard on you. Take care of yourself and give my love to Eleanor. Hope she enjoys the books.

Aunt Mary

Found in "Custard's Last Stand" by Tamar Myers. Published by Signet, 2004.

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Contest Winner

Today's winner was Emily G., who entered on Facebook.

Thanks to everyone who entered, I'll see you for the next giveaway.

Giveaway: Great Men and Famous Women: CONTEST CLOSED

We had a fantastic week over on bookperdiem, so let's celebrate with a giveaway.

This antiquarian set was featured last week on bpd; It didn't sell, but now you can win them:

"Great Men And Famous Women: A Series of Pen and Pencil Sketches Of The Lives Of More Than 200 Of The Most Prominent Personages In History" edited by Charles F. Horne. Published by Selmar Hess, New York, 1894. Complete in eight volumes.

68 photogravures with tissue guards (including the frontispieces), 126 wood engravings and typogravures and many text illustrations. Many of these illustrations are full page.

Three-quarter leather bindings with raised bands on spine. Gilt lettering and design on covers and spine. Pebbled cloth inset. Marbled endpapers.

Interior pages of these volumes are in terrific shape, paper is white and bright. Illustrations look as good as the day they were printed. There is wear to the leather, especially at the tops and bottoms of spines.

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Paths That They Have Not Known

Embossed Bible quote:

And I will bring the Blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in Paths that they have not known; I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.


N.B. Kneass, Jr., Printer, Phil'a

Found in "Beauties and Achievements of the Blind" by Wm. Artman and L.V. Hall. Published by the authors in Auburn, NY, 1865.

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Sing Fat, Sweet Chariot

Advertisement for "Sing Fat Co., Leading Oriental Bazaar." The paper feels like thick newsprint or even a paper bag; there's no printing on the reverse side.

Found in "Textbook of Chemistry For the Use of Schools and Colleges" by by John William Draper. Published by Harper and Brothers, 1851.

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