Cyclopedia winner

This week's winner was Marion T. Librarian, who entered right here on Forgotten Bookmarks. I'll try and get in touch, but if you see this please send along an email:

Friday Giveaway: The American Cyclopedia - contest closed

This week's giveaway includes volumes 1 through 7 of "The New American Cyclopedia" edited by George Ripley and Charles A. Dana. Published by D. Appleton and Co., 1863. Sadly, there are sixteen volumes in the full set, so you'll be getting just the first half. The volumes are bound in three-quarter brown leather with gilt lettering on the spine. They have marbled endpapers are in fairly good condition for their age.

Contest closed, winner announced shortly.

Good luck!

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Keep On Writing

I found this letter and matching envelope tucked in a copy of "If This Be Treason" by Margaret Echard. The letter is from Echard, answering a letter from a fan of her writing:

Jan 7 '46

Dear Margaret Johansen,

Thank you for your Christmas greetings and the nice things you said about the books. It is always heart warming to an author to hear from a reader like you. My only other book beside the ones you mention is "Before I Wake." Have you had that one yet? I hope to have a new one out before too long.

I wish I could give you an infallible rule for success in writing. I know but one. If you feel the urge, write and keep on writing. There is no short cut.

Good luck to you and Happy New Year.

Margaret Echard

The book was published by Doubleday, 1944.

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Buy This

Collection of photos, no writing or dates except "Dec 1909" on the front of one.

Found in "A Concise History of Ireland" by P.W. Joyce. Published by M.H. Gill and Son, 1900.

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Only In My Dreams

This is the photo I was going to post before I found the Carrie Fisher card.

Turns out these two inspired a nightmare.

I woke up Monday morning with a very clear narrative about this set of blonde twins, abandoned by their mother in an isolated rural town. The locals quickly adopted them both, as they were the most beautiful children anyone had ever seen. Their beauty hid a psychotic evil, however, and as they grew up, they consumed all the kindness, all the humanity around them (I have also been watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer recently). After a few generations, the entire town were all blonde inbred psychopaths. Yeah, lovely stuff.

I had forgotten about the photo I had found a few days earlier, so this dream seemed to come out of nowhere and kind of freaked me out. Now it makes sense.

The photo was found in "Ten Days' Wonder" by Ellery Queen. Published by Little, Brown and Co., 1948.

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Man's Fate Is Delicious

Recipe for cheese cake:


1 lb cottage cheese
3 egg yolks
3 tbs. flour
1 c. sugar
pinch salt
1/2 c. milk

Beat egg whites until stiff fold into batter



1/2 c. butter or crisco and cream with 1/3 c. sugar, 1 egg and 1 cup flour, 1 t. vanilla.

Pour batter in and bake 350 degrees 45 min until done (shake, if solid it is done)

Found in "Man's Fate" by Andre Malaraux. Published by Modern Library, 1934.

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"Looking Glass" winner

This week's giveaway winner is Carrie Klein, who entered on Facebook. Thank you for all the entries! See you next week.

Friday Giveaway: "Through The Looking Glass" - contest closed

This week's giveaway is just one book, but it's a lovely one. Lewis Carroll's "Through The Looking Glass" published by Altemus, 1897. This volume has the Tenniel illustrations, a few of which are in full color. Sadly, the binding is not the best, but what it lacks in structural integrity it makes up for with charm.

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

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Your Worshipfulness

Just found this one this morning. I almost missed it, the book was headed to the fifty cent section when this dropped out:

Index card with what appears to be the signature of Carrie Fisher.

On the reverse side, someone has written "Actress" in black ink.

I have no idea if it's authentic, but it looks a lot like other signatures out there. That, and it was found in "The Empire Strikes Back" by Donald Glut. Published by Ballantine, 1980.

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Goodness Of Heart

A photograph shows
One's features, in part,
But it can never picture
One's goodness of heart.

Found in "The Word and Works of God" by John Gill. Published by H. Dayton, 1859.

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Forever A Bride

Newspaper or magazine clipping.

Found in "This Side of Innocence" by Taylor Caldwell. Published by Scribners, 1946.

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Reviews by John

Found this pair of book inscriptions:

After careful reading of the contents of this book, I am convinced it is either the erratic ramblings of an ignorant and uninformed person; or the deliberate devilness (??) of a perverse mind.

John A. Gurney

I have read the Bible from cover to cover three times.

J. Gurney

Written in "The Bible Unmasked" by Joseph Lewis. Published by The Freethought Press, 1941.

After reading the book "The Bible Unmasked," I consider reading this one by the same author a waste of time. I, therefore have never, and never intend to, read a word that is in it.

John A. Gurney

Written in "Atheism and Other Addresses" by Joseph Lewis. Published by The Freethought Press, 1941.

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Friday giveaway winner

This week's winner was @sagebrushcoast, who entered on twitter. I look forward to seeing you all here next week!

Friday Giveaway: Paolini and Snicket: contest closed

This week's giveaway includes volumes 1-13 of the Lemony Snicket series as well as Eragon and Eldest by Christopher Paolini.

Contest closed, back with a winner in a moment.

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Young Man

Film negative.

Found in "The English Patient" by Michael Ondaatje. Published by Vintage Books, 1992.

Here are the photographs from this strip:

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By The Time I Get To Farmingdale

Bus ticket from Newburgh NY to Farmingdale NY, dated May 5th, 1991.

Found in "Animal Farm" by George Orwell. Published by Signet.
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Let The Waves Roll

Postcard featuring the Lido Club Hotel, Lido Beach, Long Island NY. The date is unknown, I can't quite make out the postmark.
Hi Joyce and Johnny,

Did you have a nice vacation at your grandma? Tell Johnny I miss him very much Joyce too (?)

How is your mother and father? Down here you can go swimming in the ocean or just sit and let the waves roll over top of you.

Marge (?)
Found in "Chinese Art" by Judith and Arthur Hart Burling. Published by Bonanza Books, 1953.

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Note, dated May, 2006:
Dear Janet,

I hope you enjoy reading this book and will think about our friendship, too bad we didn't connect sooner - we would have had a great time together in our youth!

Love you,
Loni (maybe Lori)
Found in "Seven Weeks to Better Sex" by Domeena Renshaw, MD. Published by Random House, 1995.

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Stefanie Rae, who entered over on Facebook. See you all next week.

Friday Giveaway: Celebrating Women's History Month - contest closed

This week's giveaway includes these fifteen books, all by female authors.

Contest closed, back with a winner in a moment.

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White Wedding

Wedding photo.

On reverse:

Printed: GLOSSY

Written: Miss White - 394

Found in "In Old Oneonta: Volume 2" by Edwin Moore. Published by Upper Susquehanna Historical Society, 1963.

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"Lady Ace" brand comb.

Found in "Five Bushel Farm" by Elizabeth Coatsworth. Published by Macmillan, 1939.

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Pretty Sneaky Sis

I was sorting through a stack of old Time Magazines yesterday when I come across these two:

One issue is from 1966, the other from 1967. Nothing special about these two, but they felt a little off, like the stapled binding had come loose. When I opened the first one up:

Very clever.

The other issue:

The issues in question:

Time - June 17, 1966 - General Giap cover
The Avengers - April 1966 #27

Time - August 18, 1967
The Avengers - September 167 #44

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Economical Entertainment

A "play bookmark" from the Biltmore Theatre in New York City, advertising "Clutterbuck" featuring Arthur Margetson. There's no date on the bookmark, but a little research shows that the play ran in 1949-1950 or so, and it was "daffy taffy featuring Freudian fripperies."

Found in "Blizzard" by Phil Stong. Published by Doubleday, 1955.

Here's a bonus image for you, Mr. Stong's unusual author photo from the back jacket flap -

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Deniz, who entered right here on Forgotten Bookmarks. See you all next week.

Friday Giveaway: 19 Vintage Books - contest closed

I'll be honest, I thought for sure there were 20 books up there, but I counted again. There are 19:

OK, the giveaway has ended. Winner will be announced shortly.

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Old Friends

Photo, no writing on reverse.

Found in "Shall Liberty Die? or Patriots To The Front: A Biblical, and Historical, View of the Great Antichrist" by Rev. Elijah Lucas. Published by the author, 1897.

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