One round of sandpaper, 20 grit. Yes, it did quite a number to the pages inside.

Found in "The Original Thai Cookbook" by Jennifer Brennan. Published by Perigee Books, 1984.

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My Wish For You

Postcard, stamped January 1, 1924:

Be good in 1924

Pass regents in Geography is my wish for you in 1924.


Found in "If Winter Comes" by A.S.M. Hutchinson. Published by Little, Brown, 1921.

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January 1971

Two photos, both have the date "JAN 71" printed on the side.

Found in "Window-Box Gardening" by Henry Teuscher. Published by Macmillan, 1956.

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Giveaway Winner

This week's winner was Stuart, who entered right here on the site.

Stuart - I will do my best to get in touch, but if you see this, please email me: 

Thanks to all who entered!

Friday Giveaway: 12 Vintage Classics - contest closed

Contest now closed, winner will be announced shortly.

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Yo Ho Ho

A recipe for rum sauce:

1 box (?) dark brown sugar
Water so you can boil
2 tbl rum
2 teas cornstarch

Can be used on Date Nut Cake

Can be stored in covered jar

Heat before serving

Found in "Murderer: A Play in Two Acts" by Anthony Schaffer. Published by Marion Boyars, 1979.

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I found this one dollar bill - sliced into a dozen pieces - bookmarking several pages. The bill is from 2006.

The book is "The Elements of Style" by William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White. Published by Macmillan, 1979.

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Paying The Bills

Pages from a ledger, one side is from November / December 1904, the other side jumps to 1919.

The bottom of the first page reads "Money received from Fenimore Knitting Mills" - the company was based in Index, NY, which is just up the road from us on the way to Cooperstown.

Found in "The West From a Car Window" by Richard Harding Davis. Published by Harpers, 1892.

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Save My Place

I'm not exactly sure what this is - it appears to be crocheted, and it's quite long, over two feet. I suppose it could be a bookmark, but it seems a bit too fancy for such a humble task. Any guesses?

Found in (well, around actually, as pictured in the photo) "Of Human Bondage" by W. Somerset Maugham. Published by Garden City Publishing Co., 1939.

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Giveaway Winner

This week's winner was John Sebastian, who entered on Facebook.

John, I have sent you a FB message, be sure to check your "other" inbox. If you don't see it, feel free to get in touch:

Thanks to all for such a terrific turnout.

The More Abundant Life

Bookmark advertising Augur's Corner Book Store, which is just up the road from us in Cooperstown, NY. I'm happy to report Augur's is still in business.

Found in "Woodworker's Turning and Joining Manual" published by Popular Science, 1946.


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Washington, 1860

Found this little beauty, at first I thought it was just a little flower bookmark. When I picked it up, I noticed that it unfolds:

There are color illustrations on both sides, each a prominent landmark in Washington D.C. - U.S. Treasury, the "President's House," the Washington Monument, the Capitol and that old favorite the "Lunatic Asylum."

There's a small bit of text reading "Entered According to Act of Congress in the Year 1860 by G. Henro..." or something very close.

Found in "Puppy Playmates" published by Samuel Gabriel & Sons, no date listed.

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Model Of The Month

A quick word of warning: today's bookmark contains not safe for work (NSFW) images. I'm posting it with a blur, but you if you want to see it uncensored, click here.

Order form from the "Model of the Month" photograph service, based on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California. They offer 100 color slides for $30.00 or 100 negatives for $8.00. The images in question are all nude photographs of women. My best guess, based on the small amount of information I was able to find online, is that the company sold these photographs as "art supplies," but many of the buyers were just people looking for some pornography at a time when it was hard to purchase.

Found in "The Outlook for American Prose" by John Warren Beach. Published by the University of Chicago, 1926.

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Wear The Colors

Red white and blue ribbon pin, reads "Wear The Colors - Sold by a Disabled Veteran - Thank You."

Found in "Soul on Ice" by Eldridge Cleaver. Published by Dell, 1970.

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was @whitneymae_EC, who entered on Twitter.

See you all here next week, I have something special planned.

Friday Giveaway: Eight Classics - contest closed

My trusty old digital camera finally gave up the ghost, so I'm forced to improvise a bit this week. Today's giveaway includes these eight classic titles, in semi-matching bindings. All are published by Reader's Digest.
Titles include three by Charles Dickens:

Oliver Twist
A Christmas Carol and other stories
David Copperfield

As well as five other classics:

Twain - Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Eliot - Silas Marner
Wells - The Invisible Man / The Island of Dr. Moreau
Cather - O Pioneers!
Wharton - The Age of Innocence

Contest now closed, winner announced shortly.

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Saving Energy

Mimeographed copy of "Joe's" homework essay on saving energy:

There are different ways of saving energy, such as: using solar cells. Solar cells can be used for light and heating our homes. Only watching the shows you want to on tv can save energy because you will wast electricity with the tv on all day watching it. Usig car pools will save gas too. These are just a few of the facts. If yor are an "energy waster" try to cut down on electricity and save heat. Use weather stripping and close doors and windows. Energy waste can be started by you and it can be stopped by you too.

The end

Found in "The Two Towers" by J.R.R. Tolkien. Published by Ballantine, 1965.

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Photograph, no date or writing.

Found in "Foundations of Genealogy" by William Stowell Mills. Published by Monograph Co., 1899.

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Camp Week

Letter with original envelope, postmarked July 28, 1948:

Wednesday Afternoon

Dear Betty Jean,

Nancy and Frankie are having their naps, so I will put one over on them and write to you, for them!

We were glad to hear about camp. Sounds like you are just as busy as I was during camp week. How do you like going swimming three times a day? Whew! It's so hot  here, I wouldn't mind a day or two in that old 4H pool right now.

You're lucky that your tent is under some shady trees. It's awful how hot they get in the daytime and surprising how cold it is at night.

What kind of exam are you talking about? I don't recall anything like that.

You'll have fun on K.P.. Get good and acquainted with cooks and you'll be surprised the hand-outs that result. Ha! Ha! At least that's the way it worked for me.

Have a good time "Bet," and don't be afraid to accept a few campfire challenges. They're lots of fun.

We all miss you lots.

Your neighbors,
Frankie, Nancy and Paula

Found in "Old Mortality" by Sir Walter Scott. Published by J.M. Dent, 1958.

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Photograph, written on the back:

Uncle Charlie

Found in "Royal Purple" by Bertita Harding. Published by Bobbs and Merrill, 1935.

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Giveaway Winner

This week's winner was Daniel Thrasher, who entered on Facebook.

 Hope to you see you here next Friday - I promise to be on time.

Friday Giveaway on Saturday: "A Tramp Abroad" - contest closed

So... I thought yesterday was Thursday. I didn't realize it was actually Friday until about 4:00 PM - much too late to throw up a giveaway. Hopefully this will make it up to you:

Contest now closed, winner will be announced shortly.

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Sock It To Me

Knitting pattern for some funky socks. I like the sudsy beer bugs myself.

Found in "Paper Flower Decorations" by Pamela Woods. Published by Taplinger, 1972.

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I've been holding on to this forgotten bookmark for a while, figuring it would make a great Fourth of July post. Sadly, I stashed it for so long that I've forgotten what book I found it in.

No writing on reverse, no postmark.

American friends, have a great Independence Day, stay safe out there.

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Cheese Glorious Cheese

Recipe for "Cheese Souffle" -

16 slices white bread
6 eggs
1 pt. milk
1/2 pound cheddar cheese - grated
1/3 tsp. salt
1/3 c. melted margarine

Cut crusts off bread and cube it, in buttered casserole. Place layer of bread cubes, then cheese, ending with cheese on top.

Beat eggs, add milk and salt. Pour over bread and cheese. Dribble melted margarine over top. Cover with foil, refrigerate overnight.

Remove from refrigerator 1 hour before baking. Set casserole in pan of water (1 inch). Bake at 400 degs. for one hour. Uncover to brown about 10 mins. before serving.

Found in "Charles Darwin: Evolution and Natural Selection" edited by Bert James Loewenberg. Published by Beacon, 1959.

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Always Room

Vintage advertisement featuring the Jell-O Girl. Looks like it was the front cover of a little recipe booklet.

Found in "Arsène Lupin Versus Herlock Sholmes" by Maurice Leblanc. Published by J.S. Ogilvie, 1910.

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