Giveaway winners

Yes, I said winners. I was reminded that this is the last giveaway of the year - and it's been a damn good year for Forgotten Bookmarks, thanks to all of you. I thought I would throw together a few more prizes.

Winner of the original 17 vintage books was Kelly Marriott, who entered on Facebook.

Second prize are these matched volumes:

Winner of this batch was thisgirlremembers, who entered right here on Forgotten Bookmarks.

Last, not least, are these:

Winner of these was @ChasingAmyK, who (of course) entered on Twitter.

I will do my best to contact each of you, but if you see this - email me:

Have a safe New Year!

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Friday Giveaway: 17 Vintage Classics - contest closed

Suddenly, it's Friday! This week went by quickly.

Up for grabs today are 17 miscellaneous classics, Hemingway to Blake to Dumas and places in-between.

Contest closed, announcing winner in a moment.

Good luck!

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Children's drawing, in green marker.

Found in "The How and Why Wonder Book of Primitive Man" by Donald Barr. Published by Wonder Books, 1961.

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The Bronx Is Up

Postcard, no postmark on front or rear. Copyright date of the card is 1906 and features a lovely scene of the Bronx River.

Written in pencil on the front:

Will be up Wednesday night did not find you in Wm. Thomson (?) 

And on reverse:

Mr. Dadds (?)

Found in "Maggie Miller" by Mary J. Holmes. Published by Lupton, no date listed, circa 1900.

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Baby photo, on reverse is written in pencil:

Taken when 7 months old, Feb 1927

Found in "The Scottish Queen" by Herbert Gorman. Published by Farrar and RInehart, 1932.

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Things are calm and quiet here in the shop today. The winter holiday season is the busiest time of the year for us; add book promotion, manuscript for book number two, kitchen remodel and a very pregnant wife, and you have the recipe for a busy and stressful few weeks.

Most of that is behind me now (still finishing up the manuscript and waiting for the newest bookseller to arrive), so I'm taking today to collect my thoughts and finally exhale.

Here's a "inscription" I found the other day:

To Harvey Erhardt
Warren G. Harding 

 From "The Sleeping Beauty" published by Henry Altemus, 1905.
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Giveaway winner

This week's giveaway winner was Faythe Levine, who entered right here on the site.

 As always, many thanks to everyone who entered! Have a fantastic holiday, and I'll see you all on Monday.

Friday Giveaway: Big Stack of Kid's Books: contest closed

Today's giveaway includes all the children's books seen above. "Fox in Socks" to an old English reader to "Young People's History of the World."

Contest closed - winner announced shortly.

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Into The Self

One page of a larger essay, or a really thoughtful letter:

do we excite ourselves into life. As nature renews after winter so does beauty after death. Ah, but we can never catch beauty... it is a flighty bird as portrayed in the parable "Susannah and The Elders."

Finally, the artist moves in the only direction possible, into the self. The body is a decrepit hulk that forces us to retreat into the mind. The physical world exists only as a necessary postulate of the mind. The mind and body and distinct and their

Found in "The Hotel New Hampshire" by John Irving. Published by Pocket Books, 1981.

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Christmas Wishes

Christmas card, no date or postmark on the envelope, just the inscription:

To Homer

From Aunt Nisa

Found in "Bird Guide: Land Birds: Song and Insectivorious Birds East of the Rockies" by Chester Reed. Published by Doubleday and Page, 1926.

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Guarantee card from the Laco Watch Company. It looks like the type dealers would hand out with a new purchase.

Found in "Eagle and Earwig: Essays on Books and Writers" by Colin Wilson. Published by Reader's Union, 1967.

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'Tis The Season

Photo, with writing on the reverse:

Our Christmas Tree

Christmas Day 1944

Found in "The Iliad of Homer" translated by Richard Lattimore. Published by the University of Chicago Press, 1957.

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Nobel Library winner

This week's giveaway winner was joemmama, who entered right here. I'll be in touch with you shortly.

Friday Giveaway: Nobel Prize Library - contest closed

This week's giveaway is this very fine Nobel Prize Library set, which contains "...for each laureate, the presentation address, any acceptance speech, a work of the laureate significant to the judge's decision, bibliography, and a brief explanation of the reasons for the laureate's selection."

You can read about the works included here.

Contest closed, winner will be announced in a moment.

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I Love A Parade

I purchased a box of books today, some older stuff that happened to be in awful condition. At the bottom of the box were to photo albums. This is not uncommon, I come across old scrapbooks and albums all the time.  Something struck me about this group of photographs; the images were sharp and clear and the composition was fantastic. I would guess that they were taken by a professional, or at least a very promising amateur. I'm still going through the dozens of images, but I wanted to share this small group with you - looks like a beautiful day for a parade.

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Oh, Nanna

Recipe for "Nanna's Condensed Milk Salad Dressing"

Beat one egg until thick

Add 1 tsp. dry mustard, 1 T salt, 1/4 tsp. pepp. 1/2 tsp. paprika.

Now add 3/4 c vinegar, 1 can condensed milk and 1/4 c melted olea.

Beat - do not cook

Found in "Echoes of Bats and Men" by Donald R. Griffin. Published by Anchor Books, 1959.

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I'm Late


It is the private glee (?) of the man who in his hurry to work has taken the wrong train and now surely will be late.

Found in "Madness and Civilization" by Michel Foucault. Published by Vintage, 1973.

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First day cover commerorating the royal wedding of Prince Rainier III of Monaco and Grace Kelly, dated April 19, 1956.

Found in "This Very Earth" by Erskine Caldwell. Published by Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1948.

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This week's giveaway winner was Diana, who entered on Facebook. See you all next week!

Friday Giveaway: Famous Epoch Makers: Contest closed

Some nonfiction for a change this week, here's a 15 volume set of biographies, "Famous Epoch Makers" published by Fred DeFau & Co., 1900. Stories on figures from Cicero to Robert E. Lee.

Contest closed, winner announced shortly

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I'm Rather Fond Of It

Bookmark with yarn tassel.

Found in "The White Album" by Joan Didion. Published by Pocket Books, 1980.

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Get Your Eyes Checked

A friendly reminder from Erwin L. Gienke, Optometrist, postmarked September 9, 1954.

Found in "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll. Published by International, 1946.

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Not Fair

A 1990 Topps baseball coin, number 40, Barry Bonds.

Found in "Fair Ball" by Bob Costas. Published by Broadway Books, 2000.

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A Day At The Beach

Two black and white photos, no writing on the other side but the number 53 is stamped on both, I'm guessing it indicates 1953.

Found in "Prose You Ought To Know" edited by John Raymond Howard. Published by Fleming H. Revell, 1906.

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This week's giveaway winner was Brenna, who entered here on the site.

I'll email you shortly.

Thanks to all who entered, see you next week with more goodies.

Friday Giveaway: A Taste of Forgotten Bookmarks (contest closed)

For something different, I thought I would gather up some of the titles that have been featured on the blog (and in the book) and offer them to you all. Note, it's just the books, not the bookmarks inside.

Black Beauty, from "Treasure This Letter"

The Centenary Poe, from "Double Vision"

Galahad from "Martha My Dear"

Of Stars and Men from "Rationalization Nation"

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance which appears on page 93 of the book.

I'll also throw in a signed copy of my book:

Contest closed, winner announced shortly.

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