Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Ann Kjeld, who entered on Facebook.

See you all here next week!

Friday Giveaway: 14 Vintage Classics - contest closed

Contest now closed, I'll announce the winner in a moment.

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Hail To The Chief

Collection of postage stamps featuring the US Presidents, from Washington to Teddy Roosevelt.

The former owner has titled it "Memory of our Presidents."

Found in "Mother Goose in Words of One Syllable" published by Saalfield, 1909.

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Sold At Popular Prices

Here's a strange old trade card - one side features a portrait of George Dewey, the other advertises the G. Bligh shop in Oneonta, which features the "Vitals" Brand clothing.

Found in "Great Issues and National Leaders: The Voter's Guide for the Campaign of 1900" by Charles Morris and Edward Ellis. Published by Winston, 1900.

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Take Me To The Bridge

Isn't this just a fantastic photo? I did a little sleuthing to figure out just what bridge is under construction, and I have it narrowed down to the George Washington and the Mid-Hudson. I can't decide - perhaps there's someone out there who can tell us for sure.

Found in "O'Malley of Shanganagh" by Donn Byrne. Published by The Century Co., 1925.

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The Call Of The Mild

Found this noted taped inside "The Call of the Wild" -

I went to church this morning. After that I got the paper and watched TV until dinner. After dinner I watched TV and then went to the barn.

This edition of Jack London's classic was published by Whitman, 1960.

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Giveaway Winner

This week's winner was Beth ( who entered right here on the website.

Beth, if you see this - send me an email: I'll try and get in touch with you in the meantime.

Thanks to all of you who entered! It was a great turnout this week.

Friday Giveaway: 18 Vintage Children's Books - contest closed

Contest now closed, I'll announce a winner in a moment.

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Mrs. Johnson says I've been stealing money again after your letter. Lizzie gave me 5 cents and that's all. I bought 5 cents worth of caramel butterscotch. I don't want to go away from hear at all. I cried awful to. I don't to go away at all. Last night just before Mrs. Johnson came into the barn Anna come up. Mrs. Johnson didn't believe she just come but she did. I wanted to go into the woods and get mayflowers (?) Mrs. Johnson wouldn't let me.


Found in "Doings of the Bodley Family in Town and Country" by Horace E. Scudder. Published by The Riverside Press, 1876.

Oh, Emma. I believe you. That Mrs. Johnson sounds like a real piece of work.

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Cinnamon Shack

Recipe for Cinnamon Bread (tough to read, I know - the writing has faded quite a bit) -

2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
-Sifted together

1 egg
1 cup sour milk
1/3 cup shortening
1 teaspoon soda

Bake thirty minutes

salt (?)

Found in "The Shack" by Wm. Paul Young. Published by Windblown Media, 2007.

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Stop And Go

Birthday card, no date printed but signed "Love, Peg (or maybe Reg)."

Found in "We Took to the Woods" by Louise Dickinson Rich. Published by Lippincott, 1942.

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By The Seashore

Postcard featuring various seashells "found along the Gulf of Mexico," no writing or postmark; also a small slip of paper with a few notes regarding... seashells. Not surprisingly, they were found in "Florida Sea Shells" by Bertha D.E. Aldrich and Ethel Snyder. Published by Houghton Mifflin, 1936.

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Emily C, who entered right here on the site. Emily, I will contact you via the email in your Blogger profile.

Thanks to all of you who entered, see you here next week.

Friday Giveaway: 15 Classics: Contest closed

Contest now closed, winner will be announced shortly.

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I Am Still Alive - Still

When I came across today's bookmark, I did a double take. The paper and handwriting seemed so familiar, I thought that maybe I had already posted it and that somehow it got shuffled back into another book (it's happened before). After a bit of research, it appears as though this letter is from the same author as the letter featured in this post from 5/23/2011:

This letter is also on Red Cross stationery, and the handwriting seems to match up -

Dutch New Guinea
July 12th 1944

Dear Betty Jean

Received your letter and stamps today and was very glad to hear from you. I am sorry that I haven't written before but it is a long story.

You see I am in a new place now and I have been kept pretty busy getting things organized.

My new home is right in the jungle but still is only about 300 yards from the sea shore. The beach is not much good as it is all coral and if you don't wear something on your feet when you go into the water you cut your feet all to pieces.

We have our area here fixed up pretty nice already. We have lights, showers and even gone as far as to make tables and chairs. Of course it takes time and we all have to work together.

The first think I fone when I got here was to dig a foxhole and boy right now it is the best buddy I have. The Japs paid us a visit a few nights ago.

We have a movie screen only about 25 feet from our tent and they have shows every other night. It's a good thing they have something to keep our morale up.

I had begun to think you folks had forgotten me as I had not heard from you in so long. I haven't heard from Aunt Elgia (?) now in months. I began to think she was mad at me over something.

I don't have much time right now Betty, so guess I will have to write you again when I find time. Thanks for the stamps. Oh say you might as well save your money as I can get them over here now. When it is so I can't get them again I will let you know.

Write soon, I hope you are all fine and say hello to the whole family for me.

Yours truly, George.

Now, it's amazing that I found this, but not absurdly so. I likely bought a few boxes from the same auction lot, and it just took me this long to get to the rest of the books.

Found in "The Damon Runyon Story" by Ed Weiner. Published by Popular Library, 1948.

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Busy Every Minute

Postcard featuring the Paramount and Times Buildings in Times Square, postmarked October 16, 1941:

Hello Folks:

Am here at last and having a fine time. Busy every minute and love it. Will try and write a letter letter.


Found in "Many Laughs for Many Days" by Irvin S. Cobb. Published by Garden City Publishing Co., 1925.

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The Bank of Bygone Bookmarks

If you've ever wanted to know a bit more about me, the bookshop and Forgotten Bookmarks, there's a great piece up on by Shannon Firth:

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Careful Not To Burn

Recipe for fruit conserve:

Three quarts of fruit, different kinds
Three pounds of sugar
One pound of raisins
One-fourth pound of English walnut meats
Two oranges
One lemon

Cook until thick, careful not to burn

Found in "Sea Food Cookery" by Lily Haxworth Wallace. Published by Blue Ribbon Books, 1944.

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Trade card advertising Fuller and Warren stoves and furnaces, as sold by Fayette Allen, Schuyler's Lake NY.

Found in "The Rover of the Andes" by R.M. Ballantyne. Published by Thomas Nelson, 1885.

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Jennifer Grimme, who entered on Facebook.

As always, thanks to all of you who entered. I look forward to every Friday. See you here next week.

Friday Giveaway: 15 Vintage Classics: Contest Closed

This week's giveaway includes another fifteen great titles, Aristotle to Hemingway.

Contest is now closed, winner will be announced shortly.

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I Know My Place

Here's a lovely vintage bookmark, it reads:

I am just a little bookmark


I know my place.

To You My Valentine

Reverse side of the bookmark has written in pencil "Mrs. Whipple - 1914."

Found in "Wanted a Chaperon" by Paul Leicester Ford. Published by A.L. Burt, 1902.

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Pickle Me This

Recipe for "Thousand Island Pickles."

1 quart sliced cucumbers
1 large onion sliced fine

Salt in layers and let stand three hours, then squeeze out the brine

Add -

1 cup vinegar
1 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon tumeric
A few dozen mustard seeds and a little horseradish chopped fine

Heat thoroughly and put in cans while hot.

Found in "All About Home Baking"  published by General Foods, 1937.

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Autumn Attractions

I normally don't post clippings from newspapers and magazines - they are fairly common and usually on the boring side. However, this advertisement for dress patterns from 1963 caught my eye.

Found in "The I Hate To Cook Book" by Peg Bracken. Published by Fawcett Crest, 1969.

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Looks Like Spring

Letter, no date (I'm guessing it's around February, no idea on the year):

Dear Mrs. Florman,

I miss you, How are you feeling? Is the weather nice? Looks like spring is coming here. My class and I had a Valentines party today. Jimmie and Jackie are on a paper route. I can't wait to see you next summer. God bless you on Valentines Day.


Found in "The Ivory Dagger" by Patricia Wentworth. (Great book if you get a chance to read it!) Published by Bantam, 1980.

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Giveaway Winner

This week's winner was Jessica MacLeod, who entered on Facebook.

Many thanks to all who entered - I hope to see you here next week.

Friday Giveaway: 12 Classics - Contest Closed

Contest now closed, winner announced shortly.

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Picture Books And Bathing Trunks

Note, no dates or names:

Write Jr.

Rec'd package from Grand Rapids

Picture books and bathing trunks

Page 276

Philippine Islands

Found in "The White Continent" by Thomas R. Henry. Published by Sloane, 1950. (No mention of The Philippines on page 276)

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