You all seemed to enjoy yesterday's inscription, here's another for you:

I've decided you needed a Gremlin in your house - and I'd like to share my favorite one with you. Hope you enjoy him!


Written in "Barnaby" by Crockett Johnson. Published by Henry Holt, 1943.

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Singly or Doubly

An inscription for you today, this one comes from the author of the book, Laurence McKinney:

For Ted Sadler

Who singly or doubly is a swell box beater

From his admirer
Laurence McKinney
Oct 1944<
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The book is "People of Note: a Score of Symphony Faces" published by Literary Classics, 1943.

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The Ferocious Concierge

Postcard, dated February 7, 1990:

Dear Jeanne -

Thanks for your thoughts about lunch/tea. (I went to dinner again at Pond House on Lattingtown Rd. last Fri. night but drove alone Dosoris Lane far too late for tea). The invitation to come and sip in your handsome house is alluring; I'll be sure to propose a date before too long. (This weekend I'm in Atlanta and environs). I'm not likely to have a residence of any length in London this year but I've mentioned Mr. Blewett's flat and others. Sounds attractive. I presume the ferocious "Concierge" does not come with it.

Love, Bill

Found in "Our House in the Last World" by Oscar Hijuelos. Published by Persea Books, 1991.

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This week's winner was Sarah Dunham, who entered here on the site.

Sarah, please get in touch with me here:

Thanks to all who entered.

Friday Giveaway: 16 Antiquarian Books - contest closed

Contest now closed, back with a winner shortly.

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Remember Me With My Books

Tintype photograph.

Found in "Memoir of Catherine Brown, A Christian Indian of The Cherokee Nation" published by American Sunday School Union, Philadelphia, 1831.

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To The Lady Of The House

Trade card for "Northern Queen" washboards.

Found in "Aspects of Fiction and Other Ventures in Criticism" by Brander Matthews. Published by Harpers, 1896.

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When Life Gives You Lemons

Recipe for Lemon Jelly Filling

1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 T water
1 t flour
1 lemon, grated rind and juice
Butter size of a small egg

Mix all ingredients well. Cook in boiler or in a sauce pan over low heat, stirring constantly if pan is used. Remove from fire when it thickens.

Found in "The Book On The Shelf" by Henry Petroski. Published by Knopf, 1999.

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A Stitch In Time

Silk bookmark with the stitched initials "JB."

Found in "The Book of Psalms" published by American Bible Company, 1857.

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Giveaway Winner

This week's winner was @Papergreat, who entered over on Twitter. Many thanks to all of you who enter - see you again next week!

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

Contest now closed, winner announced shortly.

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Trade card for "Parker's Ginger Tonic."

Found in "Among Friends" by Samuel McCord Crothers. Published by Houghton Mifflin, 1910.

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Killer Queen


In June 2000
when I was at my Dad's house he has lots of wasps coming in his house so one was on the screen and he caught it and I had a pet wasp named Killer

Found in "Frog and Toad Are Friends" by Arnold Lobel. Published by Harper and Row, 1970.

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On The Money

One dollar bookmark.

Found in "The Death of Ivan Ilych" by Leo Tolstoy. Published by Signet, 1960.

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It Was The Fashion

Photograph, no date or writing.

Check out the size of the bow in her hair, awesome!

Found in "The Aspen Papers" by Henry James. Published by Martin Secker, 1926.

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Giveaway winner

Tons of entries this week, guess I picked some good ones!

This week's winner was John Sebastian, who entered over on Facebook. As always, thanks to all who entered, see you again next week!

Friday Giveaway: 12 Antiquarian Books - contest closed

I'm giving away these twelve books this week, there are some as old as 1767.

To enter, leave a comment below. You can also enter on Facebook, Twitter or via email.

I will gather up all the entries and select a winner at random tomorrow morning at 10:00 AM EST.

While you're here checking out this week's giveaway, I'd like you to know the bookshop is having a Spring clearance sale. I figured I might as well let you all in on it, even if you make it to the shop. I've set up a coupon for Forgotten Bookmarks readers on, just enter "FORGOTTEN" when you're checking out for 30% off our books. Feel free to use the search form below.

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I'm not really sure what to make of today's bookmark. It's a disbound portion of an unknown German language book, no mention of the publisher or date. There is this note written in pen:

Made and printed at Ephrata Monastery just before the Battle of Brandywine. Most of the edition was use for gun wad at Brandywine
Given to Chas. L. Hamilton and Kay Phillips, 1900 September while at monastery.  

I've supplied some links to information on Brandywine and Ephrata. A fascinating bit of history if authentic.

Found in "The Agrarian Crusade" by Solon Buck. Published by Yale University Press, 1920.

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How To Save A Life

Here's a copy of "The Diseases of Live Stock and Their Most Efficient Remedies: A Popular Guide for the Medical and Surgical Treatment of all Domestic Animals" by William Miller and Lloyd V. Tellor from 1890. As you can see, it was filled with various clippings and notes:

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At The Lake

Five photographs, all marked "Lake Keuka NY." No dates or other writing.

Found in "Try and Trust" by Horatio Alger. Published by the NY Book Company, 1910.

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Sunshine On Cloudy Day

Crayon drawing.

Found in "Dr. Suess's A B C" published by Random House, circa 1970.

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Karrie S, who entered on the site.

Thanks to all who entered, see you again next week.

Friday Giveaway: 15 Modern Literature Titles - contest closed

Contest now closed, winner announced shortly

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On The Water

Photograph, no writing or date.

Found in "The Six-Cylinder Courtship" by Edward Salisbury Field. Published by Grosset and Dunlap, 1907.

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The Old Ballgame

Baseball has begun again in earnest, thought I would celebrate by sharing this 1911 guide and reference published by the A.G. Spalding Company.

Play ball!

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