Manifest Destiny

Thank you note, of sorts, dated 9-2-02:


Sorry that it has taken me so long to get this book back to you, but out of sight, out of mind. I had put it in a magazine rack and lost track of it. I'm sure the Chinese think they have a manifest destiny to rule not only S.E. Asia but the whole hemisphere. They may have a surprise waiting for them. Thanks for the loan. Again, sorry for the delay in returning the book.


Found in "Hegemon: China's Plan to Dominate Asia and the World" by Steven W. Mosher. Published by Encounter Books, 2000.

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Direct To Consumer

Label from a can of Saltsea Brand Rhode Island Clam Chowder.

Found in "Choice Recipes" complied and published by the Women's Association of the Eliot Union Church, Lowell, Massachusetts, no date.

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History Winner

This week's giveaway winner was Sheri Fenley, who entered right here on Forgotten Bookmarks. Many thanks to all of you who enter every week, I look forward to seeing your names for the next one.

Friday Giveaway: Nine Vintage History Books - contest closed

It seems like I've been offering a lot of fiction lately, so I thought I would change things up this week. Here we have nine vintage history books, many are pre-1900.

Contest closed, winner announced shortly.

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Here's To You, Mr. Robinson

Photograph from the studio of Fred Robinson, Geneva NY. No other names, dates or writing.

Found in "The Holy Bible: Volume II" published by R.H. Hinkley, no date, circa 1904. Yes, that's real wood  in the binding.

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Gnostic Noms

Recipe for Peanut Butter Mounds:

1 1/4 c. flour
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 c. margarine
1/2 c. peanut butter
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1/2 c. sugar
1 egg

Roll into ball size of walnuts.

Place on cookie sheet (greased)

Flatten with fork. Top each cookie with corn flake topping.

Bake 375 degrees - 10-12 min.

Cornflake Topping

1/4 c. margarine
1/3 c. sugar
1 egg
3 c. cornflakes
1/2 c. chopped peanuts
3 tbl. chopped maraschino cherries
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Found in "The Gnostics" by Tobias Churton. Published by Barnes and Noble, 1997.

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Reading, Writing, Insulting

A page from some kind of school planner, with assignments for various classes.

I don't know how they did thing back then, but I prefer to do my insulting on Fridays and suitcase returns on Monday. Get it right out of the way.

Found in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain. Published by Signet, 1960.

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Honolulu Baby

Lyrics (or instructions, if you prefer) for a square dance, probably called "Honolulu Baby."

Allemand the left,
With the lady on your left
Grand right and left
with your lady,
Swing her when you meet _ _ _
Promenade your Honolulu Baby

First couple right,
Circle four hand round,
Change, swing the one you love truly,
Leave her alone,
go back where you belong
Swing with your
Honolulu Baby -

Lead to the next -

Repeat chorus and on to next couple and etc. until all couples have had their turn

Found in "Stylists on Style" by Louis Milic. Published by Scribners, 1969.

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Giveaway winner

This week's giveaway winner was Tina S Rath, who entered on Facebook.

Friday Giveaway: 18 Vintage Children's Books - contest closed

Friday is here again, this week's giveaway features 18 vintage series books, from Honey Bunch to Nan Sherwood (that Nan!) to the Hardy Boys.

Contest closed, winner announced shortly.

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Hangman, Wait A Little While

Notebook paper with an adorable game of hangman.

Found in "Clifford Goes to Hollywood" by Norman Bridwell. Published by Scholastic, 1980.

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Poe giveaway winner

TONS of entries. You guys must really like Poe.

Winner of the ten volume set was Reading Rambo, who entered right here on the site. I'll be contacting you shortly.

Thanks to all who entered, I'll try and get a post up today.

Recovery - contest closed

Good morning all. I'm not quite sorted out from yesterday's mess, so a new bookmark will have to wait another day. Instead, I'm happy to offer up a giveaway:

"The Works of Edgar Allan Poe" in ten little volumes (they measure 4 inches by 7 inches). Published by John Hovendon, circa 1902. I know there's only nine in the photos, I left one on the shelf. Trust me, I have all ten.

Contest closed to entries, back with a winner in a few minutes.

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False Start

The bookshop has been semi-closed for the last week plus; our employee has been on vacation, and I've been busy taking care of a new baby and a recovering wife. Today was set to be our re-opening day. I had spent much of Monday puttering around in the store, making sure everything was ready to go. Little did I know that a great beast was lurking behind the shelves, waiting to strike when the lights were down and I was safely tucked into bed.

The last few days have been cold, bitter cold. Sunday morning greeted me with a -11 F reading. It was cold enough to freeze the water pipes at the store. This was no great surprise, the pipes have frozen at least 50 times since we've been here. So as I was leaving the shop last night, I made sure to close up all the open faucets and turn-off valves in the bathroom, in case the pipes warmed overnight. It was a routine I've done many times.

I wanted to get an early start this morning, as with yesterday's holiday, we would have twice the orders to wrap up and get out. I was in by 7:30 or so, and the first thing I noticed when I walked in the door was that there was a big puddle. At first I thought some snow might have drifted under the door and melted, as the winds were high last night. Then I heard the sound. The great hissing of the beast.

It took me a second to realize what had happened and what I had to do. I sloshed though the water and over to the main shut-off. The hissing quieted, then stopped. I got up off the floor and took a good look; it was still mostly dark outside, and the only light was from the EXIT sign above the door. I noticed the reflection on the floor, rippling. This wasn't just a little water. It's a good thing I wore my boots.

Thank you for indulging me a bit. I'm a little overwhelmed. And sad. And angry... but I wanted to let you know where I've been this morning. For a moment, I wondered what I was doing here on Blogger in the middle of this emergency, but I realized that you all are my friends, and I'm here to share news with you, good or bad. Today is not good, but we're all alive and it appears that we have only lost about $10,000 in books or so. It could  have been a lot worse...

The pipe burst right behind my desk, where we keep a lot of the expensive books, and where I keep all the forgotten bookmarks. I lost most of them:

So, we'll see what this week brings. I can't promise you anything, but you can be sure I'll do my best. Here are a few more pictures for you:

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Fourth place ribbon. The insignia at the top of the ribbon bears the following acronyms:


Found in "The Metamorphosis" by Franz Kafka. Published by Bantam, 1981.

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"Romance" winner

Winner of this week's giveaway was Bev Hankins, who entered right here on Forgotten Bookmarks.

Bev, I'll contact you shortly to arrange for delivery.

See you all next week!

Friday Giveaway: The Real America in Romance: contest closed

This week's giveaway is a twelve volume set of American history - "The Real American in Romance: An Authentic History of America From the Discovery to the Present Day Profusely Illustrated With Portraits of Historical Characters and Views of the Sacred and Memorable Places of Our Native Land" edited by Edwin Markham, published in 1914.

As you can see from the photos, the complete set is thirteen volumes, this collection is missing the last one. Filled with illustrations and a handsome shelf look, I think they'll make a fine addition to your home library.

Contest closed, winner announced in a moment.

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Me Gusta

Black and white photograph, no writing or dates on other side.

Found in ""Mary-'Gusta" by Joseph C. Lincoln. Published by A.L. Burt, 1916.

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Shopping list:

Yeast cakes
1 loaf of bread
1 loaf of whole wheat bread
Baking Powder
Sunday Paper

Found in "365 Ways to Cook Hamburger" by Doyne Nickerson. Published by Doubleday, 1960.

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The Last Step

Silk ribbon bookmark; written in green crayon (I think):

1908 * E.C.
BookMark F.O.

Found in "Stepping Heavenward" by Mrs. E. Prentiss. Published by Anson Randolph and Co., 1880.

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Stars and Stripes Forever

I was packing up the set of book from Friday's giveaway and this old girl fell out of volume six:

The flag is eight inches by ten inches, and the material feel modern, like a silk/poly blend. Then again, what do I know about fabrics.

Found in "The Library of Choice Literature," volume six, published by Gebbie and Co., 1882.

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Adele Maxson - who entered on Facebook. Many many thanks for all the kind words and well wishes this week - and for the fantastic participation in this week's giveaway. I think I'll have to offer more books to more winners next week.

Friday Giveaway: The Library of Choice Literature - contest closed

Today's giveaway includes this handsome eight volume set, "The Library of Choice Literature," published by Gebbie and Co., 1882 Filled with illustrations, 66 steel engravings. Includes a wide range of authors; George Eliot, Charles Reade, John Keats, Lord Byron, Sophocles, Henry Fielding, Charles Dickens, Sir Walter Scott, Mary Shelley, Wordsworth, Matthew Arnold, Shakespeare... well, you get the picture. Gilt all edges, lovely decorated covers - just a nice old set.

Contest closed, winner announced shortly.

Good luck!

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Some News

Apologies for no content yesterday; as some of you found out on Twitter and Facebook, my wife gave birth to a very happy and healthy baby girl (our first). We'll both have our hands full for the next couple of decades, but I promise to have some new bookmarks here for you soon - and I will do my best to get a giveaway up tomorrow. Feels natural to give back after so much has been given to us.


Nice Parking Job

Photograph, no writing on other side.

Found in "The Bluebird and The Sparrow" by Janette Oke. Published by Bethany House, 1995.

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Rubber Biscuit

Invoice sent to A.H. Wheeler, dated 1904, from the National Biscuit Company.

Found in "Elements of Electrical Engineering" by W.S. Franklin. Published by Macmillan, 1917.

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