I was thinking... Updated

Books are a great way to escape from the stresses of our lives, our deadlines and bills, our worries and our wants.

If you know someone that's having a tough time, I want to hear about it. I would love to help out in my own small way by sending along a book care package.

The wonderful Melissa from toboldlyfold.com has generously offered this handmade book to the winner of the care package. Yes, I said made by hand:

Pretty awesome. Please repay her kindness by checking out more of her fantastic work at www.toboldlyfold.com.

If you have a story, leave a note in the comments or send me an email at fb@forgottenbookmarks.com. I will pick one of the stories tomorrow afternoon, and we can get a box of books in the mail.

I hope to hear from you.

We Are Screwed

Clipping from The New York Times, August 12, 1970, a book review of "Marijuana - The New Prohibition" by John Kaplan, review by Roger Jellinek. There are some passages underlining and noted, and at the top, in pencil, is written:


Found in "The Pleasure Seekers: The Drug Crisis, Youth and Society" by Joel Fort. Published by Bobbs Merrill, 1969.

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"The Army and Navy" needle book. Packaging claims they are rust-proof. Made in occupied Japan, no date listed.

Found in "Old Mrs. Camelot" by Emery Bonett. Published by Blakiston, 1944.

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To Daddy

Christmas gift note.

Found in "The Deerslayer" by James Fenimore Cooper. Published by President Publishing, circa 1930.

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A Good Man

Letter, postmarked December 23, 1921, Salt Lake City, Utah:

Salt Lake City. Dec. 22, 1921.

Mr. Edwin Fisk
Dear Sir

Your letter of Nov. 1st. rec., in which you  ay Mr. Campbells death was not in that Bible.

We regret very much that we did not think to, of that, caused probly by our distress over Sisters sad death. After looking all of our papers over I went to T. Ellis Browne our atorney. He says Mr. Campbell died Oct. 24, 1910. Aged 73 years. This is the only information I can give you when he died.

Please write it into the Bible for it is a long history of your relations. I hope your wife has entirely recovered, Please give her my regards.

Yours truly, Mrs. Rachel C Hunt
P.O. Box 83

P.S. Have you a picture of Mr. Campbell. If you have not would you like one if I can get
a good one. Hunt.
for we always thought him a grand man

Found in "The Double Traitor" by E. Phillips Oppenheim. Published by World, 1943.

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Postmodern Baby

Photo, no writing on reverse.

Found in "Curriculum Development in the Postmodern Era" by Patrick Slattery. Published by Garland, 1995.

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The Doctor Is In

Coaster advertising Utica Club beer.

Found in "White Witch Doctor" by Louise A. Stinetorf. Published by Westminster Press, 1950.

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Little Women winner

Today's book giveaway winner was Pam.

Pam, you were nice enough to have your email in your Blogger profile, so I will be getting in touch with you in a moment.


Hearts: Giveaway ended

Round playing card, the five of hearts. Lovely illustration on reverse side.

Found in "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott. Published by World Publishing, circa 1934.

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Dancing In The Streets

Lyrics or short poem:

Some day I'll be dancing, just dancing round and round.

In that disco with the musical sound, and that dream that I wished, would always come true.

Just faded away in the clear just disappear blue. 

Found in "When The Stars Come Out" by Robert Baker. Published by the Junior Literary Guild and The Viking Press, 1934.

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Murder De-Lux

Panel from an old box of Lux soap.

Found in "The Greene Murder Case" by S.S. Van Dine. Published by Grosset and Dunlap, 1928.

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Question sheet for the 16th Advanced Academic Examination, Botany, dated June 1883.

Found in "First Lessons in Botany" by Asa Gray. Published by Ivison, Phinney, Blakeman and Co., 1865.

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The People's Library

Bookmark, with embossed floral illustration, from The People's Library.

Found in "The Children of the Abbey" by Regina Maria Roche. Published by John W. Lovell, 1894.

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Need A Hand?

Illustration labelled "External View of Hand," reverse shows the bones. I'm guessing it came out of one of those old "Home Medical Advisors."

Found in "Mystery of the East Wind" by Dwight Marfield. Published by E.P. Dutton, 1930.

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Giveaway winner

Quite a lot of entries on this one, I was a bit surprised. There were so many that I decided to pick a second and third winner.

First prize, the original six vintage classics, goes to Rachel Wishnoff, who entered on Facebook.

Second prize goes to Basil, who entered on the website.

Third prize goes to Fion L., who also entered on the website.

Basil and Fion, I will get in touch with you to see what kind of books you might like.

Thanks to all of you for entering, it was quite a turnout.

Giveaway: Six Vintage Classics: CONTEST CLOSED

Giving away these six vintage books.

Picking a winner, back shortly.

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Be It Ever So Humble

Found this lovely piece of silk embroidery in today's bookperdiem, "The Hearthstone; or, Life at Home. A Household Manual Containing Hints & Help for Home Making; Home Furnishing, Decorations, Amusements, Health Directions, The Sick Room; The Nursery, the Library, the Laundry, etc., Together with A Complete Cookery Book" by Laura C. Holloway. Published by Bradley, Garretson and Co., 1883.

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He Who Controls The Spice

Recipe for pasta with artichokes, capers and tomatoes.

2 T. onions chopped
2 T. minced garlic
2 T. olive oil
28 oz. can plain tomatoes
6 oz. chopped marinated artichoke hearts
3 T. capers drained
3 T. fresh parsley minced
3/4 C. chicken broth
1/3 C. sour cream
1 C. half and half
1 t. each basil and oregano
1/2 t. ground coriander
Cook onion and garlic in olive oil til softened.
Add tomatoes and juice, simmer 5 mins.
Add artichokes and capers, simmer 5 mins.
Add herbs and broth, bring to boil. Boil 5 mins.
Add sour cream and half and half, simmer 10-15 mins until slightly thickened.
Serve over capellini (very thin spaghetti) or other pasta. Parmesan to taste.

Found in "Dune Messiah" by Frank Herbert. Published by G.P. Putnam, 1969.

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A Year With The Fairies

As requested, here is a small sampling of some of the illustrations of the book that was featured in today's post:

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Semper Fidelis

Smith family crest.

Found in "A Year With The Fairies" by Anna M. Scott. Published by P.F. Volland, 1914.

By the way, this book is filled with fantastic color illustrations by M.T. Ross.

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Screwy Decimal

I've been lucky to have a few guest posts over the years, but I'm especially excited to have Rita Meade here today. Rita runs the hilarious and uplifting blog "Screwy Decimal," which gives readers a fun look behind the librarian's desk. I follow both her blog and her twitter account, and you should as well.

Here's what she brings us:

Public librarians have many responsibilities. Maintaining the book collection is just
one of them. Along with an analysis of its circulation statistics, each book must be
carefully checked to see if it is in good enough condition to remain on the shelves. The
fun upshot of this is that sometimes we librarians find interesting things that have been
used as bookmarks - like lottery tickets and used gum. My coworker, who knows
that I enjoy posting library anecdotes and oddities on my blog, recently found this
handmade bookmark in a children’s novel and thoughtfully gave it to me to share with
the world:

You can tell that Michelle put a lot of thought into this. The dolphin stickers
add an adorably random aquatic touch, and her misspellings are delightfully endearing
(homophones are tough!) You can tell she loves to read and cares very deeply about
keeping her place in library books. I am sorry that Michelle no longer has this bookmark
to use, but it is my hope that she made another one to take its place. It is also my hope
that she will keep reading long after her love for dolphin stickers subsides.

-Rita Meade, Children’s Librarian

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If This Rock Is Rocking

This photo looks like it used to be the front of a postcard; the size is right and judging from the light water stains and peeling layer, the back portion has fallen to the wayside. Photo features the Rocking Stone and Rocking Stone Restaurant located in the New York Zoological Park. There is a copyright date of 1905.

Found in "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Published by Houghton, Mifflin and Co., 1878.

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A Kind Gesture

Illustrations of gestures or body language, look they they came out of a book.

Found in "The Last Slaver" by Dr. George S. King. Published by G.P. Putnam, 1933.

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Nice Girls

I've been off buying books most of the day, but I wanted to give you guys something to gawk at. Bought this one this afternoon, love the title:

"No Nice Girl Swears" by Alice-Leone Moats. Published by Alfred A. Knopf, 1933.

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The Call Of Duty

I think today's find is a great one; I'll let the pictures do the talking:

 The caption on the last photo reads:

With Division Officers
July 27-42

No other writing on any of the photographs.

Found in "The 1943 Harvard Album" published by Harvard University.

In case you're interested, the class of 1943 included Norman Mailer:

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