P.S. I Love You

Photo, with inscription on reverse:

To Shayne 8/18/79

The one who has been my whole life, and I know in the near future we will get everything we want in life. Your family has been so sweet to me and Shannon is like my own "flesh and blood" and always will be.

I love you very much you're ???

P.S. I love you very much

Found in "The Stepford Wives" by Ira Levin. Published by Fawcett Crest, 1973.

EDIT: Looks like it's "I love you very much you're mine." Thanks, all.

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And How!

Holiday card / gift label:

Joyeux Noël

And Happy New Year too! And How!

Love to you all


Found in "Black Widow" by Patrick Quentin. Dell Book #759, 1952.

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Mein Clown

Notebook page of doodles.

Found in "Der Fuehrer: Hitler's Rise to Power" byKonrad Heiden. Published by Houghton Mifflin, 1944.

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As promised, our new employee:

The Million

Novelty million dollar bill.

Found in "Betty Crocker's Picture Cook Book" published by Rodale and General Mills, 2005.

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Hamlet They're Not, But Great Danes To Be Sure

Two polaroids.

Found in "Great Danes" by Diane McCarty. Published by TFH Publications, 1995.

Personal note: I just adopted a big dog (maybe not quite this big) so I was excited to post these. I will show off the newest member of the family as soon as I take some photos.

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I Am Still Alive

First page of a letter, written on American Red Cross stationery and dated April 29th, "Somewhere in New Guinea."

Hello Ma,

Guess it is about time I wrote you folks a few lines, what do you think?

I am still alive and feeling fine. In fact I am getting so I don't mind this place one bit. I could find nicer places but this is no where as bad as you people think back home. When I get back I can describe it to you in more detail. You know we have to be careful about what we write over here. But you tell my mother not to worry about me one bit as I will make out O.K..

Tell the kids that they would get a kick out of...
Found in "New Frontiers of the Mind: The Story of the Duke Experiments" by J.B. Rhine. Published by Farrar and Rinehart, 1937.

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"Two Shelves" giveaway winner

Boy, it's starting to take a long time to format and figure out these entries. I'll have to work on a better system

Anyway, happy to announce that the winner of the giveaway was Alexa, who entered right here on Forgotten Bookmarks.

Alexa, if you read this, send me an email at fb@forgottenbookmarks.com. I'll try and contact you directly, but it always helps if I hear from you first.

Thanks to all of you who entered, these giveaways are always a great time.

Contest closed, results to come

Giving away lots of books today, must be that spring air. Up for grabs:

17 volumes from the "World's Greatest Literature" series.

5 volumes (with index) of "Short Story Classics: Foreign"

10 matched volumes of Rudyard Kipling

Contest closed, will post an update with the winner in a moment.

Fruit Cake

Fruit Cake
4 cups sifted flour
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 dozen large or X large eggs
1 cup orange juice
1 lb butter
2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon rose water
Cream butter until very light and sugary
Add eggs 1 at a time, beating thoroughly after each one
Sift flour and baking powder very well together and add alternately with orange juice, flavorings.
Add the following fruits which are dredged with one cup of flour:
1/4 lb candied orange peel
1/4 lb candied lemon peel
1 lb or more of shelled unsalted nutes (pecans or pecans and almonds are best)
1 lb candied pineapple (yellow is best)
2 lb cherries
2 lb light raisins
Mix together with your hands - put in loaf pans.
Line pans with solocone paper or buttered paper (completely saturated with butter)
Bake at 275 degrees about 3 1/2 hours till done.
When cool enough to handle tins put in about one cup of brandy (apricot or peach).
Wrap tightly in foil when completely cool.

Found in "The Joy of Cooking" by Irma S. Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker. Published by Bobbs-Merrill, 1963.

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Cher Papa

Inscription, in French:

Cher Papa,
J'espère que tu liras le livre et qu'il te plairas.
Ta petite princesse,

Found written in "Le Petit Prince" by Antoine de Saint Exupéry. Published by Harbrace, 1971.

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Does This Make Me Look Fat?

Illustration, no writing or text.

Found in "Hints for Painters, Decorators, and Paper-Hangers" by "An Old Hand." Published by The Inustrial Publication Company, 1882

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Alice Giveaway Winner

Spectacular turnout for this giveaway. There were so many entries that I decided to giveaway a second prize, another copy of Alice:

This is a 1946 Random House edition of "Alice's Adventures." It has the same Tenniel illustrations, colored by Fritz Kredel (very handsome).

On to the winners -

Winner of the 1946 Random House "Alice" was Kaitlyn Ann who entered on Facebook.

Winner of the 1941 Book League facsimile first edition was boknord, who entered right here on Forgotten Bookmarks.

Kaitlyn Ann, I've sent you a message on Facebook. Booknord, please send me an email at fb@forgottenbookmarks, and I will try and get in touch with you.

Many thanks to the more than 150 of you who entered. As always, keep an eye out for more giveaways and contests. I plan on having a Kindle giveaway one of these days, that should be fun!

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Giveaway: "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland"(Contest Closed)

Trying to start the week on a good note. Giving away this copy of Lewis Carroll's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." It is a facsimile reprint of the first edition, published by The Book League in 1941. Covers show some wear and soil, but the binding is tight, and all of Tenniel's illustrations are intact.

Contest closed 5/17/11

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Mom Might Be Reading

Note with instructions, written by a daughter to her father:
Dear Dad, 
I love you!
Step 1 - For Dinner Instructions
1. Look for food to heat up with signs that say "To Daddy From ____"
2. Heat eat an come downstairs.
3. Mom and I will be in bed. Mom might be reading. Kiss both of us. 
I hope you enjoy your meal! Next page
Sadly, there is no next page. Found in "The Velveteen Rabbit" by Margery Williams. Published by Portland House, 1997.

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Fun And Unusual Facts

Card with matching envelope:

Dear Aaron,
Here is a book with fun and unusual facts. David enjoyed it and we think that you would too.
Hoping to have you back to Huntington before next summer.
Love to you,
The Lawrences

Found in "Stories Behind Everyday Things" published by Reader's Digest, 1983.

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A ticket for the January 19th, 2004 show of"Werther" at the Metropolitan Opera.

Found in "Good King Harry" by Denise Giardina. Published by Fawcett, 1999.

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Mind Your Manners And Your Mustaches

Black and white photo.

Found in "Manners" by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Published by Henry Altemus, circa 1900.

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Giveaway winner

The winner of today's giveaway was Debbie K, who entered right here.

Thanks to everyone for entering - more next week!

Moms! (Contest Closed)

Happy Mother's Day! I thought I would honor all the moms out there with a giveaway. Here's what is up for grabs:

Seventeen books from the "Junior Deluxe" series, many are illustrated. Lots of classic juvenile titles in there, from "Eight Cousins" to "The Wizard of Oz."

-Contest closed. Update shortly.

Pay Day

One dollar bill.

Found in "All Over but the Shoutin'" by Rick Bragg. Published by Vintage, 1997.

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This Good Old Book

Haven't had an inscription in a while, this seemed like a good candidate.

The ink is a bit faded and the handwriting is a little loopy, so I will do my best.

If you see something I don't, let me know in the comments.

This good old book
Anny man or woman this book ?? take ?? will work him down with a stake.
William G. ?? fine boy he is verry smart in school he reads well and ?? good

Found in "A Plan Practical System of Arithmetic" by Nathan Daboll. Published by Hosford, Albany NY, 1821.

Edit: Thank you all for the help! Updated text here:

This good old book.

Any man or woman this book does take I will knock him down with a stake.

William G Kettle (?) is a fine boy, he is very smart in school, he reads well and ciphers good.

William Kettle he is a rover

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If You Go Out In The Woods Today

Patch commemorating Brownie Day - 1988: The Teddy Bear Affair.

Found in "Handel and the Famous Sword Swallower of Halle" by Bryna Stevens. Published by Philomel Books, 1990.

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Tide Flats

Postcard, dated August 5, 1908. Front illustration features a view of Tide Flats in Tacoma, Washington.


Leaving tonight for St. Paul Minn -
Write upon arrival
Address me there

Found in "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck. Published by Covici Friede, 1937.

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