Plans Have Changed


Dear Max:

Please note the following change: You will our guest for dinner Dri. nite Dec 14th - instead of the Goodmans.

Looking forward to seeing you + Ilse, I am (???)


Found in "The Living Talmud" selected and translated by Judah Goldin. Published by Mentor, 1957. (Stated copyright date, but the book has an ISBN and zip codes present, so it's probably a little newer)

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Friday Giveaway: The Winners

Another great turnout for this week's giveaway, I can't tell you how much fun I have with these.

To the winners...

Winner of the lovely copy of "Huckleberry Finn" was Claudia Li, who entered on Facebook.

Winner of the English Authors set was doris, who entered on the website.

Winner of the "Hours In A Library" set was @hotdirtyfork, who entered on twitter.

 That certainly worked out nicely!

 I'll be trying to get in touch with all three of you, but if you see this, please send me an email so I know where your books are going:

 Thanks for another fun giveaway!

Friday Giveaway - contest closed

This is the last giveaway before the book comes out, so I thought I would make it a little special. Today's giveaway will have three separate prizes; first, second, and third. Let's start with the big one:

Twain's classic "Huckleberry Finn" published by The Easton Press, 1994. Bound in rich red full leather with gilt decoration on spine and front cover, four raised bands on spine, archival quality paper - Golden Tan Moire Silk end papers and Golden Tan Satin ribbon book mark, gilt all edges. A lovely book.

Second prize is this great set of collected stories by English authors, put out by Scribners in the early 1900s.

Includes authors like J.M. Barrie, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Thomas Hardy, Sir Walter Scott and dozens more.

Finally, the third prize is this quaint set, "Hours In A Library" in four volumes by Leslie Stephen. Published by G.P. Putnam, 1907. "New" edition, with additions.

Stephen was a well-known author and critic, and father of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell. These four volumes contain short vignettes on the books of various authors. Included are pieces on Defoe, Hawthorne, Walpole, George Eliot, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Charlotte Bronte and others.

Contest closed, results in a moment.

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Speakeasy And Carry A Big Book

Thought you all might be interested in this essay I wrote for the Wall Street Journal's 'Speakeasy' -


Very small Confederate Flag, five inches by four inches.

Found in "Satellite!" by Erik Bergaust and William Beller. Published by Hanover House, 1956.

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From Our European Correspondent

I ran into a reader of the blog on reddit yesterday, I had thrown together a small book giveaway for the fine folks at r/bookcollecting. This reader, Daniel John Benton, hails from across the pond and had a number of interesting finds, and so I asked if I could share them. Commentary is his:

A four-leaf clover found in S.T. Coleridge's "Biographia Literaria" (printed 1917). This was my last purchase from Bank Street Books (Dumfries, Scotland) on the day the shop closed forever, and as you can see, it bore omens of good fortune. Coleridge is my favourite classic poet. The four-leaf clover is still in there. Hopefully in another 90 years someone will appreciate it. It's actually kind of funny: a close family member has spent all her life looking for one growing, and I stumble across one neatly pressed in a nice book. I guess that's just luck for you.

A cutting of white heather found in a Victorian print of Porter's "The Scottish Chiefs." Unfortunately, not much I can tell you besides the summary. The book is undated and came from an English family member - although the pressed heather indicates it may have been purchased on a holiday up north!

No idea what this is. Found in "The Republic of Plato" (printed 1890). "I have pleasure in promising to subscribe towards the support of the work in this town of the "Queen Victoria's Jubilee" Nurse, through that portion of the Fund contributed by the Dorking Wesleyan Church."

Both of these come from the same beautiful 1890 copy of Plato's "Republic," which is annotated and underlined throughout by one Elizabeth Budge.

A WWII-era (1941) Liverpool bus ticket found in a book on the Life of General Gordon (printed ~1890s). The age of the book is a best guess as there is no date to be found. The original owner's ornate signature, and the overall interior and exterior design of the book suggest it is a late Victorian edition, although it could be somewhat younger.

"Molly Eye App" (2007) - written on the back of an AA card in "A Lexicon of Freemasonry" (printed 1919).

A Safeway garage receipt (I blurred out some parts I wasn't sure about) from 2003, found in "A Lexicon of Freemasonry" (printed 1919). It's nothing to us, but someone will probably find that in a hundred years and find it fascinating. The book was purchased at a small book fair in Scotland - coincidentally, in an old, ornate Masonic hall. It is what I would consider a perfect find - an antique, strange, interesting book full of obscure facts and content. The entries range from everything between ancient Egyptian mythology to entries on the Illuminati. The book itself was written during the Victorian era, this edition being a 1919 print with a few more "up to date" appendices.

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Orange life vest, I believe it was an action figure's accessory at some point. I wasn't able to figure out what it went to, the only clues are printed on the front; the "AJ" logo and the "Air Vest U.S.A.F" stamp.

EDIT: I love the internet. Within moments, nowhere informs us that the vest came from an Action Jackson doll. And sure enough, with a little searching, I found one here:

Found in "Bats In The Dark" by John Kaufmann. Published by Crowell, 1972.

Oh, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who thinks of this Back To The Future clip every time they see an orange vest:

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Friendliness Lives Here

Advertising card for Tydol Gas. On reverse is calendar for 1951.

Found in Women's Day Magazine, March, 1955.

As I'm sure you can tell, I did some minor upgrades to the site. I'm still working on a lot of the little details, but if you find something that's not working (or can't find something to begin with) - please let me know.

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Giveaway winner

Happy to report that this week's winner was MrCachet - a familiar face around these parts for some time. I'll email you in a moment.

Friday Giveaway: This and That - contest closed

It's that time again. I tried to throw a little bit of everything in here, from Scottish history to Louisa May Alcott to Winston Churchill. Hopefully there's something in there you will enjoy.

Contest closed - announcing a winner in a moment.

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Art Mandalay

Small embroidered cross bookmark.

Found in "Back to Mandalay" by Lowell Thomas. Published by the Greystone Press, 1951.

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Special Agent

Business card of S.C. Faulkner, special agent for the Travelers' Accident Insurance Company.

Found in "Irish Fairy and Folk Tales" edited by W.B. Yeats. Published by the Modern Library, no date listed.

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Alcott winner

Winner of the three Alcott books was Country Girl (of, who entered right here on the site. 

I'll try and get in touch with you, but it's always easier if you email me:


Giveaway: Three Vintage Alcotts - contest closed

I know it's not Friday, but I felt like celebrating. The first post of the day happened to be #900 here on Forgotten Bookmarks, so let's mark the occasion with a little giveaway.

Up for grabs are these three Louisa May Alcott books, the oldest being "Little Men" from 1910. All three are well-worn, but the pages are all there and the bindings are holding up.

Contest closed - announcing a winner a moment.

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Miss White

More from that huge stack of magazines I've been going through. This photo comes from an April 30, 1945 issue of Time:

On the back:

for Miss White
June 13, 1944

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Mince Meat Cookies

Recipe for mince meat cookies. Enjoy:

3 1/4 cups sifted flour
1/2 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon soda
1 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs, well beaten
1 package None Such mince meat

Sift flour, salt and soda.

Cream shortening, add sugar gradually.

Add eggs, beat until smooth.

Add mince meat broken in small pieces.

Add flour and mix well.

Drop by teaspoonful on greased baking sheet.

Bake in oven 400 degrees - 12 mins

Found in "Favorite Recipes of Famous Chefs" by Emma C. Caron. Published by Robert McBride, 1927.

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Giveaway winner

Tons of entries to sort through and format, I apologize for the delay... Winner of the 24 children's books was kellytirman, who entered right here on Forgotten Bookmarks. Thanks to everyone who entered.

Friday Giveaway: contest closed

With Forgotten Bookmarks, Jr. (my first) due in a few months, I've already started thinking about the library I'll put together for the little squirt. As I was making my list, I thought it would be a great idea to offer up a similar selection of children's classics for all of you. The pictures above show what I came up with - by no means a complete library, but not a bad start.

Contest closed, results announced in a moment.

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Volcano House

Note written on "Volcano House" stationery (spelled it right this time) -

The Code Breakers

Moved away

Vendal? 1908-1911

Found in the September 5th, 1970 issue of The New Yorker.

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The Mama

Greeting card from Christmas, 1976.

Found in "Little Bear" by Else Holmelund Minarik. Pictures by Maurice Sendak. Published by Harper and Row, 1957.

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A blank telegram form, from RCA's "Radiogram" service.

Found in an issue of Good Housekeeping from March, 1937.

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What Can I Do?

Cardboard jacket for the Londonbeat cassette single "I've Been Thinking About You."

Haven't thought about this song in a long time. Here's the video:

Found in "The Hunt for Red October" by Tom Clancy. Published by Berkley, 1990.

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Nonfiction winner

This week's winner was @RyanAdams, who entered over on Twitter.

Friday Giveaweay #4080 - contest closed

I thought I would offer up something a bit different this week, I'm going will all nonfiction titles. This giveaway will include everything from French history to gardening to mathematics. Hope you enjoy them.

Contest closed, winner announced shortly.

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I'm Not Your Stepping Stone

Photo, no writing on reverse.

Found in "The Moon and Sixpence" by W. Somerset Maugham. Published by The Modern Library, no date, circa 1930.

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Better Homes and Cookies

Recipe for chocolate oatmeal cookies:

2 cups sugar
1 stick margarine - 1/2 cup
1/2 cup milk

Boil 3 minutes

In a bowl, put:

3 cups quick oats
4 tbsp cocoa
1/2 cup coconut
1/2 cup nut meats

Pour boil mix over and mix. Drop by tsp on waxed paper

(note: the wonderful Stephanie points out that this is a no-bake recipe. I should have known better)

Found in the January 1933 issue of "Better Homes and Gardens."

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