I Can See Your House From Here

Black and white photograph, no writing or dates.

Found in "Tender Is the Night" by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Published by Scribners, 1962.

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Mother Goose winner

This week's winner was Tereza, who entered right here on the site. Tereza, I'll be emailing you shortly. See you all on Monday, have a terrific weekend.

Friday Giveaway: Arthur Rackham's 'Mother Goose' - contest closed

This book just came into the shop this week. It's a classic, although fairly hard to find. It's a collection of Mother Goose nursery rhymes, illustrations by Arthur Rackham, who's probably best known for his work on Alice. This edition is from 1913.

I posted a scan of the cover on Twitter and Tumblr yesterday, and got a terrific response. I had planned on fixing it up a bit before putting it up for sale, but I'll happy to offer it up to you all instead.

Contest now closed, winner announced shortly.

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A Winner Is You

New York State lottery scratch-off, this was a one dollar winner.

Found in "An Irish Country Doctor" by Patrick Taylor. Published by Forge, 2007.

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Is It True?

Birthday card. On the front:
Is it true?
This is your birthday?
This is the birthday wish
I hope
Will linger your
lifetime through
May the years move along
like a beautiful song
And all of your dreams come true
I thought that was it, but then I noticed the "A Complete Song Inside." Sure enough:

Found in "A Child is Born" by Charles Harrison. Published by Jonathan Cape, 1931.

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Preparing For Battle

I don't really know what to make of this. It reads like a critique of a fight.


B slap ????

Back heel
Don't move on pom. punch
Exp. knee
Hair pull
Getting into pinto?


Hi 4's
Weird roll on hands
sped up last phase sloppy
Dr. Saim a mess


1st knees exposed
nice b'slaps r'house
P- active hand
messy pinto?
Beautiful patinavdo ??
By the way, I darkened the image so you could read the handwriting a bit better. The paper is just plain white.

Found in "Bloodline" by Kate Cary. Published by Razorbill/Penguin, 2005.

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The Best Is Yet To Come

Gift inscription, dated May 25, 2007 (last names removed by me):

To Fred -

Sinatra's songs evoke memories of the days of wine and roses, when we were young and the world was ours to seize and make the most of our opportunities.

Let's keep the music going in the autumn of our years, the best is yet to come.


From "Frank Sinatra: The Man, The Music, The Legend" edited by Jeanne Fuchs and Ruth Prigozy. Published by the University of Rochester Press, 2007.

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Shiny winner

This week's winner was Laurie, who entered right here.

 Laurie, you have your email in your Blogger profile, so look for an email from me shortly.

Friday Giveaway: 12 Shiny Classics: Contest Closed

Check out the shine on these books - twelve volumes of classic literature, the best from authors such as Tennyson, Coleridge, Browning, Oscar Wilde, Keats, Boswell... all in matched bindings. Gilt top edge, gilt lettering and decoration, every volume is crisp and clean. A well-kept set.

Contest now closed, winner announced shortly.

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A Good Representation

An illustration of the skeleton of a horse, labelled with typical horse diseases. On the reverse is "a good representation of the New Laboratory and Manufactory of Dr. B.J. Kendall Co., Enosburgh Falls, VT, USA, proprietors of the celebrated Kendall's Spavin Cure."

I have to assume this illustration came out of an old medical text on horses, or at least an advertisement booklet.

I'm glad to see that building is still around.

Found in "Baldwin's Fourth Year Reader" published by the American Book Company, 1897.

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If You Can't Enlist - Invest

"5th War Loan" voucher. No date or writing on reverse.

Found in "Color Style Ideas" by Betty Moore. Published by the Benjamin Moore Paint Company, 1942.

If I find some time later in the day, I'll post some of the color illustrations from the book, they are fantastic.

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Goodbye, Old Friend

Black and white photograph, no date or writing on the reverse.

I think that's an old Reliant wagon:

Found in "The Poetry and Prose of Heinrich Heine" edited by Frederic Ewen. Published by Citadel, 1959.

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Stepping Out

Catalog from the O.T. Moses Company of Chicago, no date listed.

Found in "Walks and Talks in the Geological Field" by Alexander Winchell. Published by Chautauqua Press, 1886.

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Kate Fogle Klarmann, who entered over on Facebook. Thanks to all who entered, see you again next week.

Friday Giveaway: 10 Books - Contest closed

I hope luck's on your side today.

Giving away these ten books - some vintage Poe, some history, some George Eliot -

Contest closed, winner announced shortly.

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Nostalgia, Part II

I know you remember collecting these as a kid.

Six Garbage Pail Kids cards from the 9th series, circa 1987.

Found in "Tell Me Why" by Arkady Leokum. Published by Grosset and Dunlap, 1974.

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Family Circle

Note. I offer no suggestions on the context.

Our Family Circle at Dinner time

Memorial of the World Fair

Favorite Radio Program

Habit - Friend or enemy

Disadvantages of owning pet

There is a bit of writing on the back, but it appears to be parts of a larger bit of writing.

Found in "Hardy Boys - What Happened at Midnight" by Franklin W. Dixon. Published by Grosset and Dunlap, 1931.

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Looking For A Good Time

Letter, dated April 18, 1934 from the Skip, Step and Happiana radio show of WGY, Schenectady.

Dear Buddy,

Your letter to WGY was turned over to us. In reply will say our proposition is as follows. You furnish the hall.

We furnish you with and pay for ten days radio announcements over the air. We furnish you with window cards, handbills and even your tickets. We furnish transportation for six and pay all of our own expenses. We present one hour and half show both afternoon and evening.

We like to run matinees for school children and those people who can not come in the evening. The matinee prices are 15 cents for children and 25 cents for adults. The evening prices would be 25 cents for children and the adult price would have to be determined according to the seating capacity of your auditorium. Under 500 seats, 40 cents, above 500, 35 cents.

Should you care to run a dance in conjunction with the evening show the price is 50 cents under 500 people and 40 cents over 500. You furnish the orchestra.

You take 25% of the gross receipts including both matinee and evening shows. If you have $50 advance sale, you take 40%; if you sell $100 worth of tickets in advance you take 40% providing you have a dance. Without the dance you take 35%. We know what our drawing power is.

Be very glad to give you a date the third week in May. Would like to hear from you immediately.

Sincerely yours,


Skip, Step and Happiana

Found in "Jimmy Dale and the Phantom Clue" by Frank L. Packard. Published by Novel Selections, Inc., copyright of 1922, but I believe this was printed later.

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Photo, "Montezuma" written on the front.

Reverse reads "Bird's eye view of Montezuma."

Found in "Open Land" by B.M. Bower. Published by Triangle, 1945.

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Antiquarian giveaway winner

This week's winner was moonrat, who entered right here on Forgotten Bookmarks. If you see this, send me an email: fb@forgottenbookmarks.com I'll try and get in touch with you in the meantime. See you all next week!

Friday Giveaway: 11 Antiquarian Books - contest closed

This week's giveaway features eleven antiquarian books on a variety of subjects; there's a bit of leather, a bit of gilt, lots of illustrations and plenty of dusty pages. Sounds like a recipe for good giveaway.

Contest closed, winner announced shortly.

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Contents Unknown

Unopened envelope, it looks like there's a card in there. No writing, no stamps, no postmarks.

Found in "The Official Alaska Cook Book - A Collector's Edition" by Sue Phelps. Published by Southeast Alaska Empire, 1969.

So, should I open it? Technically, it's not mail.

EDIT: I opened it. Here's what I found:

A thank-you card, looks like it was handmade as the illustrations are unevenly cut and pasted down.

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Cher Papa Revisited

You may remember an experiment I tried a while back, pairing a forgotten bookmark with a short piece of fiction. I thought it would be fun to try again. I hope to post a few of these in the coming days. The first piece is by Jessica Fortunato. She chose to write about this find. I'll re-post the images, story to follow.

Hollie perched upon the worn window seat. It had rained for days, and reading was all there was to do. Reading and missing her Papa. He had sent her to England to live with her Grand-mère three years earlier after her Mother’s sudden passing. To lose one parent is painful. To lose two filled Hollie with a feeling of longing that words cold not describe. Words, her Grand-mère had always told her, were the key to life itself. Hollie had not received a letter from her Papa in over a year. She begged, pleaded with her Grand-mère, just allow her to write him once, yet she was always denied. As she stared at the rain, she decided tonight would be the night. She would sneak into the study and find an address.

It seemed to take ages for Grand-mère to turn out her light, and even then, Hollie allowed plenty of time for her to fall asleep. To pass the hours Hollie finished reading the new book she had received as a gift the month before on her 12th birthday. Le Petit Prince was a funny sort of story. For such a Little Prince, he knew much more of the world than Hollie did. The author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry could weave words in such a way that her heart beat faster with each page, and as she finished the story, she found herself weeping in the night while feeling wrapped in love.

Finally, she felt it was safe enough to go to the study. There she retrieved stationary and tried to write. All the feelings she had, all the things she wanted to do, the knowledge she’d learned. Her hand froze over the paper, and once more, she began to weep. With blurred vision, she searched through her Grandmother’s papers, until finally she found it. Her Father’s name and an address Père Lachaise, Paris France was scrawled on a scrap of paper. She copied the address, it was incomplete but she knew it would get to her Father.

After thinking all night, Hollie had decided exactly what she was to send. She marched with the confidence of a girl much her senior to the post office down the street. There she paid to have the paper wrapped package sent to her Father Albert, at the address she’d found. The young man took her money, and tossed the package into the bin for delivery. Hollie skipped happily home.

The kindly old woman working at the Laposte in France picked up the small package and read the address. This would be undeliverable she thought shaking her head. For Père Lachaise was a Cemetery, everyone knew that. With no return address, the package sat on her desk for weeks, until her curiosity overwhelmed her and she opened the wrappings to reveal a book.

She opened the cover to reveal the inscription, and tears welled up in her eyes.

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100 mark note from Germany, dated 1920. "Souvenir" is written on both sides.

Found in "Spaßige Rimels - Plattdeutsche Humoristische Gedichte" by Heinrich Jürs. Published by G. Kramer Verlag, 1894.

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No Goats, No Glory

Three goat sketches.

Found in the December 1955 issue of "Wee Wisdom."

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