Captain Jack Sparrow Wins The Gold

Slip of paper, one side has "Robert Armstrong - Thursday" written on, with a bit of text cut off, the other side has this strange sentence:

The pirates frighten the farmers because they have javelins.

Found in "Gus The Great" by Thomas W. Duncan. Published by Lippincott, 1947.

My best guess? I think it might have been a writing exercise for school, either spelling or handwriting.

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Hillbilly Weddin'

 Program for a high school production of the dramatic classic "Hillbilly Weddin'" by Le Roma Greth. The cover indicates it was put on by the S.C.S. class of  1965, but I can't find any additional information inside.

Found in "Geometric Optics: The Matrix Theory" by J. Warren Blaker. Published by Marcel Dekker, 1971.

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Stellowlongfein winner

Winner of the Steinbeck and Longfellow books was The Hoffs, who entered right here.

If you see this, send me an email: I'll try and get in touch with you, but it's always easier if you catch me first.

Steinfellow Longbeck: contest closed

Today is the birthday of both Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and John Steinbeck. To celebrate, I'm giving away a few vintage copies of their books:

To enter, just leave a comment here on the site, or enter on Facebook or Twitter.

I'll take the entries from all three and pick a random winner this evening, let's say 5:00 PM EST.

OK, 5:00 has come, so I'll be back in a moment with the winner.

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Joe Dec, who entered on Facebook. Have a great weekend!

Friday Giveaway: 11 Vintage Books: Contest Closed

Nothing too special today, just eleven vintage classics.

-contest closed, I'll announce a winner in a few minutes.

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Starlight, Star Bright

Recipe for "Starlight Mint Surprise Cookies" -

Bake 375 degrees 10-12 minutes
Makes 4 1/2 dozen


3 c flour
1 t soda
1/2 t salt


1 c butter
1 c sugar
1/2 c brown sugar

Blend in:

2 eggs
2 T water

Found in "In The Saddle With Uncle Bill" by Will James. Published by Scribners, 1935.

(Yes, I realize there's no mint to be found. Reader Andrea points us in this direction:

This recipe is basically the same, except "you wrap the dough around a piece of minty chocolate and stick a walnut on top."

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Bresee's Revisited

Plastic bookmark from Bresee's Department Store in Oneonta, NY. I've mentioned Bresee's before here on the blog.

Found in "This Side of Paradise" by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Published by Scribners, copyright states 1948 (this is a later printing, circa 1965 or so).

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Knowledge Is Power, France Is Bacon

Note written on the back of an index card:

One of the strongest characteristics of genius is the power of lighting its own fire.


might have had

you certainly have been

Found in "Essays and New Atlantis" by Francis Bacon. Published by Walter J. Black, 1942.

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Carlos the Dwarf

Reference sheet for a Dungeons and Dragons-type role playing game. I think.

Found in "Starcraft: Prima's Official Strategy Guide" published by Prima Publishing, 1998.
Carlos the Dwarf. Probably my favorite moment in the entire series.

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Mysteries winner

This week's winner was @aramblingfancy, who entered on twitter. Have a great weekend!

Friday Giveaway: 16 Vintage Mysteries: contest closed

I bring you murder and intrigue this week, sixteen vintage mysteries from Ellery Queen to Agatha Christie.

Contest closed - winner announced shortly.

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A Valuable Citizen

Just came across this inscription, wanted to share it:

Dear Bob,

I hope you will read and enjoy this book. I thought it was appropriate as you are in a way preparing your self to serve your country, not necessarily as a soldier but as a valuable citizen of the most generous country in the world.

With love and good luck -



Written in "The Story of George Washington" by Enid LaMonte Meadowcroft. Published by Grosset and Dunlap, 1952.

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Warm Stories

Small card with handwritten note. Front of the card is "Hand and Acorn" by Michael McCurdy.

29 March 99


Dear Peg

Enclosed is the "China tape" you made for Chloe - as well as a blank tape I had on hand (for your own use!) - (sorry, it's a 90-minute instead of a 60). We really enjoyed the music (esp. Ma's work on side 2!) and the stories, as I'm sure Chloe did! I can see now why your music appreciation courses and slide shows are so popular. You have a real gift for pacing and content - and a perfect combination of music and words; of weaving solid facts with "warm stories" and emotion. I know that it takes time and planning to put together such an enjoyable program! Thanks so much for sharing it with us,

* and your beautiful recorder piece!

Rena and Gus
Found in "The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup" by Susan Orlean. Published by Random House, 2001. 

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Note, one side typed, the other written:


Hello dear father,

Wie gehts, wie stehts?

I hope you didn't go out and buy this somewhere.

Things are so-so here, but will be excellent as soon as Britten moves. The questions is, when????????

I don't think she's being realistic about it; she wants the impossible in an apartment, etc. and as soon as she realizes what the real estate situation here is (terrible), the better it will be.

Will write you & mom long letter soon explaining all --->

Hope your tooth gives you no trouble and that you're fine.

Got check from Merrill Lynch dor $1,945, which is perfect. Thanks to you and Chrysler, which for your sake I hope soars upward.

Love to mother and you,

- 27 today; I sold at 28 3/8

Found in "Einstein: His Life and Times" by Phillipp Frank. Published by Alfred A. Knopf, 1970.

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Sweets For The Sweet

It's become somewhat of a tradition around here to post some vintage postcards on holidays. I'm a sucker for tradition:

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Check, dated August 18, 1899, in the amount of thirty dollars.

I can't quite make out the note at the bottom.

Found in "Famous Pictures" by Charles Barstow. Published by The Century Co., 1913.

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Poetry winner

Winner of the collection of poetry books was Jane Hicks, who entered on Facebook.

Thanks to all of you - see you on Monday.

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Friday Giveaway: 15 Poetry Books - contest closed

It will be tough to top last week's giveaway, so I'm not even going to try. At least not for a while.

This week, we have fifteen poetry books. There are a few anthologies, a Scott, a Tennyson, a Browning, a leatherbound Milton...

Contest closed, winner announced shortly.

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Symbol of Free Enterprise

I just loved the language and style in this inscription, had to share it:

To Connie Smith -

In the hope that you lend your books after you read them.
May your store always be the fine-looking symbol of free enterprise that it was when I saw it.

John Patric

July 23 1946

Patric is the author of the book the inscription is found in, "Yankee Hobo in the Orient." It was published by the author through Frying Pan Creek, 1946 (or thereabouts).

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Read Before You Dig

Plastic flag, looks like the little ones you see planted in the ground before a dig.

Found in "Problems, Cases and Materials on Evidence" by Eric Green, Charles Nesson and Peter Murray. Published by Aspen Law and Business, 2000.

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Postcard, stamped November 23th, 1945, Louisville Kentucky. Front illustration depicts the Pioneer Cemetery in Harrodsburg, Kentucky and the grave of "the first white child buried in Kentucky."


This we believe is the most unique graveyard we've yet seen, and we managed to get some swell shots of the whole place.

Love, M + U

Found in "The Web of Evil" by Lucille Emerick. Published by Doubleday, 1948.

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Number 1001: Giveaway winner

OK, I guess this was a good giveaway. Record-setting number of entries. It took me nearly an hour to copy/paste them all into notepad to send them to

Winner of the 1000th Post Giveaway was AES, who entered here on Forgotten Bookmarks. I'll be sending you an email after I post this... for the rest of you, a very sincere thank you for all of your good wishes. I wouldn't be here without you - and I hope to continue giving you all something to smile about.


Friday Giveaway: 1000 - Contest Closed

Taken just before I started this post:

Yes, this will be the 1,000th post here on Forgotten Bookmarks. Hard to believe it all started way back in June of 2007 with this bookmark, "Cassie's Coming Back." (Still no comments?) Since then, there have been bookmarks of all kinds, more than 500 books given away (I lost track in 2010 or so), babies, book deals, guest posts on The Wall Street Journal, retweets from William Shatner, Susan Stamberg mispronouncing my name (doesn't tarnish it a bit - IT'S SUSAN STAMBERG), two floods here at the bookshop...

Best of all, there's all of you. I can't tell you how great it's been getting to know you readers. I don't have a lot of friends living locally, you guys have become my best friends. I am delighted to bring you these silly bookmarks and giveaways, and I look forward to 1,000 more posts. Here's what I have for you today:

"Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte. Published by Ward and Lock, circa 1920.

"The Moon Is Down" by John Steinbeck. Published by Viking, 1942. First edition, second state, in jacket.

"The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today" by Mark Twain. Published by the American Publishing Company, Hartford CT, 1874. First edition, later "mixed" state. Fair condition, text and illustrations complete.

"For Whom The Bell Tolls" by Ernest Hemingway. Published by Scribners, 1940. First edition, later printing.

"Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" by J.K. Rowling. Published by Levine/Scholastic, 2000. First edition, first printing.

"The Silmarillion" by J.R.R. Tolkien. Published by Houghton Mifflin, 1977. First American Edition. "Books By" list includes "Father Giles of Ham." Fold-out map is present.

"The Two Towers: Being the Second Part of 'The Lord of the Rings'" by J.R.R. Tolkien. Published by Houghton Mifflin, 1967. First edition, first printing of the "Revised Edition." $6.00 jacket price.

"Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson" published by Macmillan, 1910. Full leather binding.

"Versus" by Ogden Nash. Published by Little, Brown and Co., 1949. Jacket illustrations by Maurice Sendak.

"Ulysses" by James Joyce. Published by Random House, 1946. Early RH book club edition.

- contest closed, winner announced shortly.

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No bookmark today - I found this note written inside an old history book and wanted to share it:

Egypt has the most lovely climate that the world can boast. The mechanical skill of the Egyptians has never been surpassed. 
Persia, Greek and Roman have come and gone; Pagan, Jew and Christian and Muslim have built their temples - seen the glory and decline of their religions.
Isis and Osiris, Moses, Christ, Joseph, Caliphs, Mamelukes, Khedive, Haroun Al Raschid, Pharaohs, Cleopatra.
Six thousand years of assiduous cultivation of the soil has not diminished its fertility.

Found in "Outlines of Universal History From The Creation of the World to the Present Time" by Dr. George Weber. Published by Brewer and Tileston, 1853.

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