Throw Away The Key

Small card, found in an envelope marked "Hannah Harrington, Laurens NY."

My heart to you is given,
Oh! do give yours to me;
We'll lock them up together,
And throw away the key.

The back of the envelope is postmarked "Cooperstown Feb  14" - can't make out much else:

Found in "Out of the Depths" by George A. Parker. Published by Reid Publishing Co., 1908.

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I, Vegetarian

Recipe for Vegetarian Blender Puff:

Butter or margarine
Grated Parmesan cheese
4 eggs
4 oz. sharp Cheddar cheese, cubed or shredded
1 (3 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, cubed
1/3 c. milk or half and half
1/2 tsp. onion salt
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1 (10 oz.) pkg. frozen peas, cooked and drained
2 hard-cooked eggs, chopped

Butter bottom and sides of a 1-quart casserole. Dust with Parmesan cheese. Set aside. Combine eggs, Cheddar cheese, cream cheese, milk, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, onion salt and dry mustard in blender container.

Cover and blend at medium speed until smooth, about 30 seconds. Blend at high speed another 10 to 15 seconds. Pour into prepared dish. Toss together peas and chopped eggs. Fold gently into blended mixture. Bake at 350 degs. until puffed and delicately browned, about 45 mins. Serve immediately. Makes 4 servings.

Found in "I, Claudius" by Robert Graves, Published by Grosset and Dunlap, no date listed.

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Photograph, dated May 1989. Looks like the Lincoln Memorial.

Found in "California Mission Cookery" by Mark Preston. Published by Border Books, 1994.

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Six inch shard of glass.

Found in "Gunsmoke" by Don Ward. Published by Ballantine Books, 1960.

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Marci Cobb Morey, who entered on Facebook.

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

Friday Giveaway: 15 Children's Books - contest closed

Contest now closed, winner will be announced shortly.

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Lucky Day

A guest post today, this bookmark comes from reader Evita:

Picked up this Richard Russo book, "Empire Falls," at a library sale. Much to my surprise, $40 was tucked away inside!

Not a bad way to start the day.

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Catering A Specialty

Receipt for four dozen charlottes, dated February, 1896.

Found in "How to Train in Archery" by Maurice and Will H. Thompson. Published by E.I. Horsman, 1879.

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You Scream

Recipe for ice cream:

4 or 6 eggs
Beat a long time and gradually add 1+ cup sugar. Beat til looks like cake batter.
Then add 1 can condensed milk, salt + vanilla.
Pour in freezer and add milk

Found in "Three Boys in the Wild North Land" by Egerton Young. Published by Abingdon Press, 1896.

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First Wed

Photograph, no date or writing. From the black paper strips, looks like it came out of a scrapbook.

Found in "First Wed, Then Won" by E. Marie Clark. Published by The Oneonta Press, 1901.

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was Rebecca Blankenship Graves, who entered on Facebook.

Thanks to everyone who entered - it was a great turnout. See you here next week.

Friday Giveaway: Little Women And More - contest closed

Contest now closed, winner will be announced shortly.

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Doily Double

Small doily.

Found in "Last Flight" by Amelia Earhart. Published by Harcourt Brace, 1937.

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In It To Win It

Scratch-off lottery ticket.

Found in "Mennonite in a Little Black Dress" by Rhoda Janzen. Published by Holt, 2010.

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Handwritten essay on U.S. President Warren Harding, looks like somebody's old homework.

Found in "America's First World War" by Henry Castor. Published by Random House, 1957.

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Giveaway winner

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

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

Friday Giveaway: 12 Children's Series Books - contest closed

Contest now closed, winner will be announced shortly.

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When You're Smiling

I have no idea what this might be. Small (2 inches by 2 inches) thick paper card that reads "Smile Dam it Smile."

Found in "Masters of Popular Painting" published by the Museum of Modern Art, 1938.

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Stan By Your Man

Photo portrait postcard. On the reverse side is written "Stanislaw Zaleski."

Found in "Helen Gardner's Wedding-Day" by Marion Harland. Published by Carleton, 1870.

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It's Getting Hot In Here

Glass portion of a thermometer. Not the best choice for a bookmark.

Found in "Americans Into Orbit" by Gene Gurney. Published by Random House, 1962.

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Open Book

Trade card in the shape of an open book.

Reverse reads:

Handsome Presents Given Away
With Tea and Coffee

Japan and China
Tea Store

34 East Genesse St
Larned Building
Syracuse NY

Found in "The Life and Work of T. DeWitt Talmage" edited by Louis Albert Banks. Published by John C. Winston, 1902.

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Giveaway winner

This week's winner was @reedsandstrings, who entered on Twitter. Thanks to everyone who entered! See you here next week.

Friday Giveaway: 12 Classics - contest closed

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

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Never Alone

Typed poem:


One is never alone in the world,
There is always the Friend that's most dear;
And when Life's roughest banner's unfurled
Then the Greatest of all friends is near.

So you don't face your trials alone,
God loves you and does what s best;
Though it seems you are all on your own,
You can still turn to Him when distressed.

Do not wait till you think it the end,
Go to Him at least once every day;
He'll become the most genuine Friend,
And He'll guide you along your rough way.

So in prayer may you ever be true;
May He never be cause for your shame,
He'll never be ashamed of you,
So then make faithful praying your aim.

And when all of Life's trials are o'er,
And the things are broken you've done,
Upon death you'll rejoice ever-more
For in truth you've in every way won.

Capt. Jensen

Found in "Here and Now Story Book" by Lucy Sprague Mitchell. Published by E.P. Dutton, 1929.

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