Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Keni Kohl, who entered here on the site. Keni, if you see this, please send me an email: I'll try and get in touch with you.

Friday Giveaway: 12 Vintage Books: Contest closed

Giving away these 12 vintage and antiquarian books; O. Henry, Longfellow,George Eliot, Hugo (in French) and more.

Contest now closed, winner announced shortly.

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The Mayview

Postcard, dated August 21, 1961:

Dear Peggy,

How has your summer been? I have thought of you often. Here's where I am working as a waitress and often serve outside in my pink uniform. My summer has been filled with experiences. The mountains are gorgeous, and the sunsets almost indescribable. Have to be in school on the 4th. Ugh. Time flies! Give my love to your family.


Found in "The Waste Land" by T.S. Eliot. Published by Harvest Books, 1958.

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A Wonderful Discovery

Trade card advertising "Wei de Meyer's Remedy" from 1878.

Found in "The World on Wheels" by Benjamin F Taylor. Published by S.C. Griggs, 1874.

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Show and Tell

Every once in a while, I like to show off the more interesting books that come into the shop.

Charles Dickens' classic "A Tale of Two Cities" first appeared in serial form in his periodical "All The Year Round" in 1859. Here's our copy:

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Not Forgotten: Part II

A few days back, I posted a collection of some of my less-interesting finds. Consider this part two of an ongoing series.

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Busy Day

A rather confusing and incomplete recipe for "Busy Day Cake" -

Sift 3 cups Swans Down cake flour, 4 teaspoons Calumet baking powder, 1/4 t. salt, 2 cups sugar three times.

10 t. melted butter a little cool
4 eggs fill cup with milk then add 1 cup more milk
1 t. vanilla

Put all together abd beat three minutes, bake in 3 layers 25 minutes

Found in "Better Homes and Gardens Encyclopedia of Cooking, Volume 10" published by BHaG, 1973.

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Books on Books winner

This week's giveaway winner was Stephanie Jobe, who entered right here.

Stephanie, send me an email so I know where to send your books:

Friday Giveaway: Books on Books (contest closed)

Giving away these fifteen books.

-Contest closed, winner announced shortly.

Brotherly Love

Absolutely terrific photo of old (well, not THAT old) Philadelphia, with the Benjamin Franklin Bridge looming in the distance.

I spent a happy hour trying to find this spot on Google Maps so I could see what it looks like today. I'm not satisfied I found the exact street, but I believe it's Race Street or North Front Street or maybe even Quarry Street. It doesn't look like those old buildings are there. Here's as close as I got:

Found in "The Plot Genie Index" by Wycliffe A. Hill. Published by Ernest E. Gagnon, 1934.

If you'd like a bigger and cleaner version of the photograph, here it is.

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Grand Master

One ticket for the September 28th, 1985 performance of Abbey Simon at Hartwick College.

Found in "Babylon Revisted and Other Stories" by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Published by Scribners, 1971.

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Death In The Afternoon

Postcard, date unknown:


This is my second day in Mexico City. It's really a beautiful place, quite modern. On Sunday we're off to the bull fights. It ought to be fun.

See you in 6 weeks.


Found in "Death in the Afternoon" by Ernest Hemingway. Published by Scribners, 1954.

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Today's bookmark has surpassed this post as my favorite found letter:

Letter, dated January 8, 1952:


I'm sorry we managed to elude each other so successfully during the recent brief holiday, but life was excessively traumatic.

Permit me to announce, at this time, the termination of the Romance of the Century... (not to be confused with the Greatest Fights of the Century, which is a television show on boxing)... which after an eventful three years and half, etc., etc.,

I am working. This time for the University. I am the receptionist at the Reading Institute for Children Who don't Know the Alphabet (in sanscrit) and retarded Adults. It is very dull here except when the children do some perverted thing like stop up the toilet, or walk through windows. Then it gets very interesting. The woman I work for is a bitch, and she hates me, but then so does everybody else. Every day, all over the world, mankind observes, religiously, fifteen minutes of hate Alice.

I saw George Broadfield for the first time in about two years the other night, and he bored the hell out of me for half an hour. What is left in life for me now, if even Broadfield is boring. He has, by the way, the East via, I suspect, a Tibetan fairy or something related. Anyway, he has decided that he is a Negro, and that he's going to South Africa like Augustine or somebody.

I have been having fierce pains in the stomach for about two weeks. It's probably psychosomatic, but I prefer to think that my brother has been feeding me large doses of ground glass in my rice crispies.

I once wrote you a  letter when you first wrote to Dave Green but I think I lost it. Or maybe I handed it to Wm. Riley Parker instead of a Milton paper. I haven't been to that class since that day, anyhow.

I still do not have a thesis, or even an idea, and I don't expect to have one.

What is Chicago. Do you the like U. Are you going to the U. I met somebody who knows you whose name is Pearl Weis-something. I don't think she likes you. She is divorcing her husband.

I had a nice christmas. I got presents and I got drunk. Write to me unless you're too busy or something.


Found in "Collected Poems: 1909-1935" by T.S. Eliot. Published by Harcourt, Brace and Co., 1936.

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Giveaway winner

Giveaway winner was Deiann Elliott, who entered on Facebook.

See you all next week.

Friday Giveaway: 14 Vintage Books - contest closed

Giving away these 14 books this week. Nothing special, just thought they had a nice shelf look.

Contest now closed, winner announced shortly.

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The Tabard Inn Library

Today I learned about the Tabard Inn Library.

The Tabard Inn Library was founded in 1902 by Seymour Eaton. It was administered by the Booklovers Library, another Eaton enterprise. Eaton was a remarkable entrepreneur and promoter who was also an author, journalist, and educator. He was the author of the "Teddy Bear Books".
The Tabard Inn Library was a membership library with stations in the form of revolving bookcases located in drug stores and other commercial establishments throughout the United States. In an initial advertisement for the library, Eaton indicated that 10,000 of these bookcases would be manufactured at a rate of 25 and then 50 a day.

I found that site after finding one of the bookplates:

It was in a copy of "The Minx" by Mrs. Mannington Caffyn, published by Stokes, 1899.

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Gone Fishin'

Postcard, dated August, 1954:

Dear Doris and Bill,
Daddy has gone fishing. We are having a good time. Will see you Mon. or Tuesday.
Mom and Dad

Found in "Zing!" magazine, September 1949 issue.

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Not Forgotten

Not everything I find in books is good enough to post here on the site. I try and give you guys the most interesting bookmarks, and that means a lot of stuff gets set aside. That doesn't mean I toss them - here's a little sample of some of the things I've found:

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Lady Jane

Business card for the "Lady Jane" hair salon of Baltimore, Maryland.

Found in (what else?) "Persuasion" by Jane Austen. Published by Dent/Readers Union, no date, circa 1950.

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Hand-colored illustrated, titled "Godey's Authentic Fashions - Lady's Book, Oct. 1845"

Found in "Maternity: A Book for Every Wife and Mother" by Mrs. P.B. Saur. Published by Monarch Books, 1889.

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This and That Winner

This week's winner was Pixel Berry Pie, who entered right here on the site. Thanks to everyone who entered, we'll do it again next week.

Friday Giveaway: This and That: Contest closed

Giving away these eight books; some poetry, vintage picture books, short stories... this and that.

Contest closed, winner announced shortly.

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Clowning Around and Give-a-Heming-Way Winner

Small cutout of a clown, hand drawn and colored.

Found in "Naomi's Road" by Joy Kogawa. Published by Oxford, 1986.

Now, for the reason you're all reading this - winner of the Hemingway giveaway was DoctorVenkman, who entered over on Reddit.

Thanks for all of your get well wishes, I'm just about back to normal.

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Giveaway: All Apologies Edition: contest closed

You may have noticed that there was no post yesterday. I've been sick since Saturday, and for the first time in a very long time, I didn't come into work yesterday. To make it up to you, I'm giving away this first edition of Hemingway's "For Whom The Bell Tolls"  -

(The "A" under the copyright information indicates a first edition)

To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment. I'm putting this up on Twitter and Facebook too, so feel free to enter there as well.

I'll pick a random winner tomorrow morning (whenever I post a new bookmark). Good luck!

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Photo, written on reverse is "May 1913."

Found in "Woman: Her Position, Influence and  Achievement Throughout The Civilized World" published by King-Richardson, 1902.

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Giveaway winner

Winner of "The Children's Hour" was Cat B, who entered right here.

Cat, I'll email you in a moment.

Friday Giveaway: The Children's Hour: Contest closed

A really terrific giveaway this week, volumes 1-10 of "The Children's Hour." It's an illustrated collection of stories and nursery rhymes, fables and fairy tales, poems and legends - and everything in between. It was published by Houghton and Mifflin in 1907.

Contest closed, winner announced shortly.

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