Lucky, Part 18

Four leaf clover.

Found in "Mrs. Browning's Poems" published by Hurst, 1900.

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The Future

Came across this book today, thought you all might get a kick out of it. It's "Cyberbooks" by Ben Bova - from 1990:

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Buttoned Up

Photo postcard, no date or writing on the other side.

Found in "Suwannee River: Strange Green Land" by Cecile Hulse Matschat. Published by the Literary Guild, 1938.

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Limited Edition

I've been going through the poetry section the last few weeks, and I came across this gem. The book is a beautifully-bound leather volumes, "A Half-Century of Sonnets" by Gustav Davidson (1924). It's a limited edition, number 5 of 550 copies, inscribed by the author with his photo.

Not one of my usual posts, I know, but I couldn't resist sharing it.

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Get Well Soon

I found all of these "get well" cards bunched together in the first volume of "My Book House" from 1953.

Writing on the little brown folder they were in:

Patty's Cards

One of the cards has a short note addressed to "Betty" - so that Patty might be a Betty. The note also mentions Sidney Center, a very small village in the area.

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Giveaway winner

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

Lindsey, please get in touch so I know where to send your books:


Friday Giveaway: Eat Your Greens: Contest closed

Giving away these 15 books; a collection of O. Henry volumes from 1913 and nine books from the "Stories by Foreign Authors" series from the early 1900s.

Contest closed, winner announced shortly.

Good luck!

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Meet Me Where We Parted Last

Leather bookmark from Oakland, California. Looks like it was hand painted.

Found in "Little Men" by Louisa May Alcott. Published by Garden City Publishing Co., 1933

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Long Enough To Judge

School wallet photo - I'm guessing it was a senior picture.

Written on the back:

To Donnie

You're a nice guy. You have been my friend long enough for me to judge. Keep your nice smile.



Found in "We Speak As Liberators: Young Black Poets" edited by Orde Coombs. Published by Dodd, Mead and Co., 1970.

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Tough to call this one a forgotten bookmark, as it was pasted to the inside front cover.

Valentine's Day card.

Front: To say I love you wildly -

Inside: would just be putting it mildly! (ugh)


Happy Valentine Darling - Jack

Found in "Invitation to Poetry" by Lloyd Frankenberg. Published by Doubleday, 1956.

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Gone Fishin'

Photo. Written on reverse:

Here is the hat shot

With the printing:

L.R. Taylor Studio
Sturgis, So. Dak

Found in "Fly Fishing For Trout, Salmon, Bass and Panfish" by Frank R. Steel. Published by Paul, Richmond and Co.,1946.

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Poetry winner

This week's winner was Georgiana Marie Kateri Waldron, who entered on Facebook. Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday Giveaway: 10 Volumes of Poetry - contest closed

I've been going through the poetry section the last few days, and I've picked out a few titles for this week's giveaway.

Contest closed, winner announced shortly.

Good luck!

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Just To-Do It

To-do / grocery list:

chem (?)
gourmet florist
gourmet - for P.
fabric lady
Post - Jerio (?)
frozen vegetables, beans, broccoli, 2-3, creamed spinach

Found in "Best Poems of 1997" edited by Melissa Mitchell.  Published by the National Library of Poetry, 1997.
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You Spin Me Right Round Baby

Two records, a little smaller than a standard 45 RPM. They might have been for one of those children's record players that are so collectible now. EDIT: reader Danzel informs me that they are 78s.

First one is "Frosty The Snow Man (Parts I and II) from 1951. The second is "Open Up Your Heart / THe Lord is Counting On You" by Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, no date.

Found in "Horton Hatches the Egg" by Dr. Seuss. Published by Random House, 1940 (although it could be a later printing - Seuss copyrights are notoriously tough to pin down).

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Souvenir photo. Written on reverse: "Tennyson's Birthplace - Somersby"

Found in "Idylls of the King" by Alfred Tennyson. Published by Edward Moxon, 1859.

Also of note, this book came with an intriguing bookplate:

As much as I want it to be true, the William Wordsworth died in 1850, well before this book was published.

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Today's deadline day for my Handwritten Recipes manuscript, so I am furiously tapping away at the keyboard, drinking twenty shots of espresso, tossing crumpled-up pieces of paper onto the ground - you know, deadline stuff.

I didn't want to leave you all without, so here's an inscription:

If a star in the night
Should sing
Underneath your window -
It is I, Donna
Merry Christmas!

Found in "The Uncelestial City" by Humbert Wolf. Published by Alfred A. Knopf, 1930.

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Sendak winner

This weeks's winner was Gregory Short, who entered on Facebook.

Have a great weekend!

Friday Giveaway: Three in Honor of Sendak - contest closed

Celebrating the life of Maurice Sendak - here are three books that feature his work.

"I Saw Esau: The Schoolchild's Pocket Book" by Iona and Peter Opie, illustrations by Sendak, 1992.

"The Bat Poet" by Randall Jarrell, illustrations by Sendak, 1966.

"Many Long Years Ago" by Ogden Nash, first edition, jacket design by Sendak, 1945.

Contest closed - winner announced shortly

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Humble Bouquet

I find a lot of of flowers in books. After bookstore receipts, they are likely the item most commonly found. I decided a while back not to post any, as I tried to limit my posted finds to the strangest and funniest. But for some reason, this humble bouquet caught my eye.

Found in "Homeric Greek - A Book for Beginners" by Clyde Pharr. Published by the University of Oklahoma Press, 1980.

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Yes, We Have No Potatoes

Shopping list.

Found in "The Hobbit" by J.R.R. Tolkein. Published by Houghton Mifflin, 1997.

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Sad Dress

I've found action figure accessories before, but this is a first.

Doll clothes, one dress and one pair of bloomers.

Found very forcefully stuffed in "Anchors Aweigh!" by Oliver G. Swan. Published by Grosset and Dunlap, 1929.

By the way, the title comes from the Belly song - one I haven't thought about in a long time.

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The Heritage

From the stationery of Thomas Luce Summa:

To Edward:

In appreciation

We will do it all over again soon - thank you for joining the Heritage.

Best wishes -


Found in "Tanglewood Tales" by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Published by Hampton, 1921.

I did a bit of quick research, it looks like Thomas Luce Summa was the artistic director of The Heritage Theater in Stonington, CT.

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Alice Eliot winners

We have two winners this week. 

First was rossichka, who entered right here. She won the copy of Alice.

 Second was Kristen Butler, who entered on Facebook.

 I'll try and get in touch with you both shortly - but feel free to reach me at

Friday Giveaway: Alice Eliot - contest closed

I couldn't choose one book to offer today, so I picked two. That means there will be two winners this week.

First book is "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through The Looking Glass" by Lewis Carroll. It's a lovely collector's edition bound in red leather with gilt edges. It's from Longmeadow Press, 1985.

The second book is T.S. Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats." It's a later printing of the first edition from 1939.

Contest now closed, winners announced shortly.

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Such Was The Hero Of Our Race

Typed poem titled "Abraham Lincoln." With a little searching, I discovered it's by Charles Monroe Dickinson. This paper doesn't have the complete poem, I'll reproduce it in its entirety:

If any one hath doubt or fear
That this is Freedom's chosen clime--
That God hath sown and planted here
The richest harvest field of Time--
Let him take heart, throw off his fears,
As he looks back a hundred years.

Cities and fields and wealth untold,
With equal rights before the law;
And, better than all lands and gold--
Such as the old world never saw--
Freedom and peace, the right to be,
And honor to those who made us free.

Our greatness did not happen so,
We owe it not to chance or fate;
In furnace heat, by blow on blow,
Were forged the things that make us great;
And men still live who bore that heat,
And felt those deadly hammers beat.

Not in the pampered courts of kings,
Not in the homes that rich men keep,
God calls His Davids with their slings,
Or wakes His Samuels from their sleep;
But from the homes of toil and need
Calls those who serve as well as lead.

Such was the hero of our race;
Skilled in the school of common things,
He felt the sweat on Labor's face,
He knew the pinch of want, the sting
The bondman felt, and all the wrong
The weak had suffered from the strong.

God passed the waiting centuries by,
And kept him for our time of need--
To lead us with his courage high--
To make our country free indeed;
Then, that he be by none surpassed,
God crowned him martyr at the last.

Let speech and pen and song proclaim
Our grateful praise this natal morn;
Time hath preserved no nobler name,
And generations yet unborn
Shall swell the pride of those who can
Claim Lincoln as their countryman.

Found in "Cyrano de Bergerac" by Edmond Rostand. Published by Hurst, 1907.

There was an amusing inscription in the book:

I won boo-by prize
Jany 18 1908
Towns curd (???) Party

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Clipped recipe for jambalaya:

1 cup ham cut in strips
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup green pepper cut in squares
1 medium clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons salad oil
1 can (10 3/4 ounces) condensed tomato soup
2 cups water
2/3 cup raw rice
1 medium bay leaf
Dash Tabasco sauce
1 cup cooked shrimp
Chopped parsley

In a large skillet, brown ham and cook onion, green pepper, and garlic in oil until vegetables are tender. Add remaining ingredients except shrimp and parsley. Bring to a boil. Cover; cool over low heat 20 minutes. Stir now and then. Stir in the shrimp; cook 5 minutes more or until rice is tender. Garnish with parsley. 4 servings.

Found in "How To Show Your Own Dog" by Virginia Tuck Nichols. Published by TFH, 1976.

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Calling In Sick

It's one of those days. Rainy, chilly, dark... I'm sick, the wife is sick and the baby is sick.

I'm calling in today, but I wanted to leave you with something to read. Here's a favorite bookmark of mine, originally posted in November 2010:

Dear Jennie Are you going to get married, you my dearest friend?

You can read the rest of the letter here.

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