Bottom half of a page of handwritten lyrics - I'm not really sure where the corrections in pencil go, so I'll do my best.

Since the day I went away Babydoll
I though of you, my heart away
My lips, my soul, my everything
"do be" yours
But if you "do be" forgettin' me I will
throw myself into the bay
Cause only you "do be" my


Found in "Gone With the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell. Published by Macmillan. Cover and and a few pages are missing, can't tell you the date.

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Big Night in Middle Earth

Collection of liquor bottle labels.

Found in "Tolkien: The Authorized Biography" by Humphrey Carter. Published by Ballantine, 1978.

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Danzel, who entered right here. Send me an email so I know where to send your books:

Yet Another Children's Book Giveaway - contest closed

Giving away another batch of vintage kid's books this week. 15 total books, some Twain, some Bobbseys, some Nancy Drew.

Contest closed, winner announced in a moment.

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A Grand Mother

Letter, dated March 6, 1968:

Dear Grand Son Robert,
Hoping this finds you enjoying life. I am coming along very good, after that sick spell I had after Christmas. How is the snow up there? It has been thawing here for the last 3 days. This morning it is raining, it will warm up some time and melt this snow.
This weekend I am looking for Lillian and Sharon if the weather and roads are good.
From a Grand Mother,

Found in "The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas" published by Harcourt and Brace, 1933 (first edition).

- I know I usually don't comment on these posts, but for some reason this letter got to me. I lost a grandmother not so long ago. She lived right around the corner from the book shop, and I would go and visit her every day for lunch. She suffered from dementia towards the end, and it wasn't easy to watch. The handwriting in this letter reminded me of her writing; my grandmother was an epic letter writer, and you can gauge the progression of her illness through her handwriting. Sorry for the personal comments, carry on.

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Silent Cal

Post card, no postmark.

The front features a a photograph of President Calvin Coolidge:

Room in which President Coolidge took oath of office given by his father on Aug. 3 1923, 2:47 AM at Coolidge homestead, Plymouth, Vermont.

On the back:

We visited this place on the 20 of July 1939 - about 4:30 PM

Found in "The Road to Safety on Land and Water" published by the American Book Company, 1938.

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Across The Sea

Two airplane tickets, dated July 1966.

Look like it was quite an itinerary, Montreal, Frankfurt, Vienna, London.

Found in "A Guide to Literary Europe" edited by Margaret Crosland. Published by Chilton Books, no date listed, circa 1960s.

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Two tobacco cards, one for Lone Jack Cigarettes, one for Duke's Cigarettes. The Duke's card features "picket duty" as part of their "Perilous Occupation" series.

Both found in "Sketches from Texas Siftings" by Sweet and Knox. Published by Texas Siftings Publishing Company, 1882.

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Cookbooks winner

This week's giveaway winner was Ginny Mills Overstreet, who entered on Facebook.

 As always, thank you all for entering! See you here next week.

The Well-Loved and Well-Worn Cookbook Giveaway (contest closed)

A bit wordy, but you get the picture:

Giving away these twelve cookbook. They're a little worn, but that just means they were used often, a sure sign of a good cookbook.

Contest now closed, announcing a winner shortly.

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Cream Cheese, Cat Food, Lawyer

What's a listery? Why, it's a list with a mystery.


Cream CheeseNutri GrainHarvest Burgersranch dressing mix
onion dip mix
sour cream
salsamayocookiesyogurtcottage cheesecat foodTreats
3.99 - 150 Hefty Styrofoam plates
clairoxide developer
S4S 1.99

Back (you might have to help me with some of this):

This has been one hell of an adventure (?)
It's ???????? to me at all.
What I ??? (need?) is a damn lawyer

Found in "Danse Macabre" by Stephen King. Published by Berkley, 1983.

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Pictures Of Matchstick Men

Photograph, no writing or dates on reverse.

Found in "The Last of the Mohicans" by James Fenimore Cooper. Published by D.C. Heath, 1909.

Here's the photo all cleaned up:

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My Mama Says

Advertising blotter featuring Bond Bread.

Found in "My Mama Says There Aren't Any Zombies, Ghosts, Vampires, Creatures, Demons, Monsters, Fiends, Goblins, or Things" by Judith Viorst. Published by Atheneum, 1973.

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If At First You Don't Succeed

Two name tags. Looks like one was a failed attempt.

Found in "Libra" by Don DeLillo. Published by Penguin, 1989.

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23 Classics winner

This week's winner was Claudia, who entered here on the website. Will send you an email in a moment.

Friday Giveaway: 23 Classics - contest closed

I've got 23 classic titles for you this week, Aristotle to Xenophon.

Contest now closed, winner announced shortly.

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Have A Heart

Five heart-shapes invitations to a "Valentine Social."

Found in "Duino Elegies" by Rainer Maria Rilke. Published by Norton, 1963.

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Hand made bookmark.

Found in "The Bobbsey Twins and the Horseshoe Riddle" by Laura Lee Hope. Published by Grosset and Dunlap, 1953.

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Recipe for "Gold Fluffy Cake" -

Sift together into bowl:

  • 2 cups sifted soft as silk
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 3 tsp double action B. powder
  • 1 tsp salt


  • 1/3 cup high grade shortening
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp lemon ext.
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla

Medium Speed 2 min


  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup unbeatened eggs (2 large)
  • 1/4 tsp red food coloring of desired

Beat 2 more min

Temp: 350 degress

(Page two seems to be from a different recipe) 
If neccessary, add a little water to make 1 1/2 cups juice

Bring juice to boiling, stir in 1 cup sigar, 3 tbsp cornstarch

Cook and pour over berries in pie shell. Chill about two hours. Remove from refridgerator about 20 minutes befor service and decorate with whipped cream.

Found in "Foxfire 2" edited by Eliot Wigginton. Published by Anchor Press, 1973.

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Whiskers, Toughest Cat In The West

Small photograph, no writing on reverse.

Found in "Coroner Creek" by Luke Short. Published by Bantam, 1948.

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was W. Shane Wallace, who entered via email. I'll send you a note in a moment to arrange shipping.

 Thanks to all who entered.

 PS - I'm running a small weekend clearance over on bookperdiem:

Seven Classics - contest closed

Giving away these seven handsome classics this week:

  • Tennyson's Works
  • Twice-Told Tales
  • The Pathfinder
  • The Way of All Flesh
  • The House of the Seven Gables
  • Evangeline
  • Arabian Nights

Contest now closed, winner announced shortly.

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Somebody's Watching Me

Red silk bookmark and advertisement for Lion's Coffee.

Both found in today's bookperdiem, "The Home Library of Entertainment, Instruction and Amusement" by Thomas Sheppard Meek. Published by W.E. Scull, 1902.

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The Stranger

Today's post is a special one. This is the most interesting (and most valuable) thing I've found in a book. I had been saving it in hopes of including it in one of my books, but I doubt I'll ever get permission to publish it. I originally posted it on Forbes' Booked blog a few years back, here's the description I wrote:

As a general rule, I don’t buy books unseen. I made an exception this weekend and purchased 3,000 books from the estate of a college professor who had passed away. He was a English professor, so I was fairly certain there would be some good titles in the lot. The third book I picked up was a common paperback copy of The Stranger by Albert Camus. There was a folded paper stuck inside, and I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t have a look:

Here is the picture:

Albert Camus
Paris, France
December 18, 1959

Dear Prof. Ullmann: A number of American and European friends have formed a committee to help Spanish refugees. I write simply to ask you to help us.

For us, the Spanish Civil War is long since ended; not so for the thousands who now live in France with their families. For them the war continues, in suffering and privation. They endure poverty and illness with pride. 

But we should ease their condition if we can. Our help can give them medical care, the tools for making a living, the hope for a life with some dignity. Whatever you do for them will make an immediate difference in their daily lives. Help them, I beg you. And, in advance, I thank you with all my heart.

- Albert Camus

Most remarkable is the date of the letter, December 18th, 1959. Camus died in a car accident just 17 days later on January 4th.

EDIT: Here's another version sent to me by @LettersOfNote:

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Photo postcard featuring bathing beach in Quogue, Long Island NY, postmarked August, 1922:

Dearest Minnie,

We are having a perfectly lovely time here and wish you all were here with me! Are my two darlings with you? Our dearest love to you all -


Found in "He's Gone With 'Poop' Dalong" by David Crane. Published by the author, no date listed, circa 1990.

**Thanks for the help, readers.

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