Choppin' Broccoli

Recipe for what looks like broccoli soup:

1/3 stick butter
2 cup chicken broth
2 c. milk
3 tlbs flour
2 pkg. frozen chopped broccoli

In large dutch oven

Melt butter - add flour to make paste - add chicken broth, milk and thawed broccoli.  Salt and pepper to taste. Simmer approx. 1 hr

If you would like the soup thicker at this point add corn starch - not flour

Found in "The Wrong Side of the Bed" by Edward Ardizzone. Published by Doubleday and Co., 1970.

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Giveaway winners

Two winners this week -

First, winner of the five leatherbound books was Serena Saint-Marceaux, who entered on Facebook.

Winner of the 11 classics was SpitfireGrrrl, who entered here on the site.

Serena, I will send you a Facebook message, so please check your "other" inbox.

SpitfireGrrrl, I will do my best to get in touch, but if you see this, please send me an email:

Thanks to all who entered!

Friday Giveaway: Five and Ten - contest now closed

I'm giving away two prizes this week, first is this handsome grouping of five classics with flexible leather bindings. They even have their own sewn-in silk bookmarks:

The second prize includes these ten (OK, eleven) books:

Contest is now closed, the two winners will be announced shortly.

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Learning Is Wealth

I love finding recipes and old letters and pressed four leaf clovers, but there's something much more exciting about finding a little piece of a greater history. Today's post features a handful of cartes de visite which I discovered were

sold in 1863-1864 by a group that included Union Maj. George Hanks and representatives of the American Missionary Association and the National Freedman's Relief Association to help raise money to pay for schools for emancipated slaves in New Orleans. 
"They need to raise money for these schools, and someone somewhere along the way decided to take a group of freed people to the North to raise money for the cause," where they were also photographed for the cartes, according to Mitchell. (Mary Niall Mitchell, associate professor of history at the University of New Orleans. Mitchell had researched the group for her book, "Raising Freedom's Child: Black Children and Visions of the Future After Slavery") 
"They realized that the sympathies that people would have for children who looked white but had been slaves was going to be greater than the sympathy they might have for black-skinned children," she says.

You can read the entire NPR article here.

Here's what I found:

I also found these two photographs, the smaller one is a tintype, the large one has the name "Wm. H. Drake" written on the back:

All were found in "Confederate War Papers" by Gustavus W. Smith. Published by Atlantic Publishing and Engraving, 1884.

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Not Forgotten: Part IX

Another installment! Here are parts one, twothreefourfivesix, seven and eight of this ongoing series where I feature some of the items I find that aren't quite good enough for their own post.

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Carefully Prepared

Advertising trade card, this one is for "Hood's Sarsaparilla."

Found in "Willy Reilly" by William Carleton. Published by John Lovell, circa 1896.

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Life Is But A Dream

Two photos, no date or writing. Looks like a fine day on the water.

Found in "Modern Letter Writing" published by Carnell and Hoit, 1903.

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Giveaway Winner

This week's winner was Angie, who entered right here on Forgotten Bookmarks.

Angie - please get in touch with me at - I will do my best to contact you in the meantime.

Thanks to all who entered! See you next week.

Friday Giveaway: Forgotten Bookmarks, Handwritten Recipes and a Surprise - contest closed

Contest now closed, winner will be announced in a few minutes.

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I Am A Lonesome Hobo

Handwritten "hobo dictionary." If you're interested in seeing more symbols, check out this site.

Found in "Fifteen Western Tales" published by Popular Publications, November 1943.

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Raining Cats and Dogs

Two "James Pyle's Pearline" trade cards, looks like a matched pear (hehheh).


Found in "Our National Calamity of Fire, Flood and Tornado" by Logan Marshall. Published by L.T. Myers, 1913.

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School Days

Souvenir of the Number 12 School District, Cabin Hill, NY for the year 1901-1902:

Jeannett D. Monroe, Teacher
Crawford Shaw, Trustee


Names of Pupils

Arthur Sutherland
Mary Belle Elliott
Harold Bartholomew
Minnie Coss
Andrew Eadie
Lucia Kittle
William Elliott
Bertha Brace
Arthur Cross
Amelia Kittle
George Bonney

Found in "Oliver Cromwell: His Life, Times, Battlefields and Contemporaries" by Paxton Hood. Published by Funk and Wagnalls, 1883.

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Lucky, Part 15

Four leaf clover.

Found in "Red Men and White" by Owen Wister. Published by Grosset and Dunlap, no date listed, circa 1910.

I've never been one to keep luck to myself, so I'll offer up this deal: One signed copy of "Handwritten Recipes," this copy of "Red Men and White" and the four leaf clover, tucked right back in where I found it.

Shipping charges are included in the price:

Shipping Options

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Shasta Twitchell, who entered on Facebook.

As always, thanks to all of you who entered!

Friday Giveaway: Lucky 13 (contest closed)

Contest now closed, I'll announce the winner shortly.

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Recipe for "Mrs. Duel's Four Egg Sponge Cake" -

1 cup flour, sifted with one teaspoon baking powder
4 eggs
1 cup sugar
4 tablespoons cold water
1 teaspoonful vanilla

Beat yolks of eggs, add the sugar, then cold water and sifted flour. Fold in beaten whites. Bake in moderate oven, forty five minutes.

Found in "All About Home Baking" published by General Foods, 1936.

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August 1968

Photo, no writing. Develop date is August, 1968.

Found in "Fashion Sewing for Everyone" by Adele P. Margolis. Published by Doubleday, 1974.

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Annie Get Your Book

I haven't had an inscription on the site in a while, figured it was a fine way to start off the week:

Annie -

I hope this book is as inspirational for you as it has been for me. You are travelling an arduous road and I'm impressed by how courageous you are to pursue it. Your friendship has been something very important to and enlightening to me. You have helped me when you didn't even know it. And you've been a great listener. Bsudes, we've had lots of fun. Just remember that your choices open a world of opportunities. All  my love and good luck in every place you go to. Rilke says all of this better than I could. So read (???) and think of me (??) in NYC.


Found in "Letters to a Young Poet" by Rainer Maria Rilke. Published by Norton, 1993

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Giveaway winner

GIGANTIC turnout this week. More than 650 entries from Facebook alone.

Winner of this terrific set of kid's classics was MatchbookLady, who entered right here on the site.

MatchbookLady - please get in touch if you see this, - I will do my best to contact you.

Friday Giveaway: 12 Vintage Children's Classics - contest now closed

I'm really excited for this week's giveaway. Check out the pictures and you'll see why -

OK, the giveaway has ended - I'm off to gather entries and pick a winner, back in a few minutes.

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I Can Do It

Here's a charming handmade bookmark, found in "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott. Published by John C. Winston, 1926.

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Here's a marriage certificate, dated October 18, 1899. It appears to be more of a keepsake than a legal document.

Found in "The Holy Bible" published by Samuel T. Armstrong, no date, circa 1850.

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A poem, attributed at the bottom to Mary Field:


Jumbo is my baby,
Great big elephant calf,
He fat, slow, and lazy,
But sure to make you laugh.

His tail is like his nose,
I pull them both quite hard.
His feet those my (??) toes
Can never hurt his (??)ard

I'm afraid my Jumbo sick,
And must have doctor stuff.
Now Jumbo don't you kick
For doctor is not rough.

Found in "The Rudiments of Written Arithmetic" edited by Daniel Fish. Published by the American Book Company, 1877.

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