Booklicious: The Man Who Rescues Lost Bookmarks

July 20, 2010


Michael Popek runs Popek's Used and Rare Books in Oneonta, N.Y. As you can imagine, he comes across quite a few interesting papers and bookmarks while sorting through the books he acquires. He started posting a few of the more memorable ones online for his friends, and word of his blog quickly spread. I'm definitely a fan; his site, Forgotten Bookmarks, is a treasure trove of the humorous, the poignant and the downright perplexing. 

Here are a few of my favorites:

The tie reads: "To my loving father. Happy Fathers Day! I hope you have a nice Fathers Day I will try to be good." Found in The Continental Tales of Longfellow, published by The Story Classics, 1948.

Fractional currency; a ten cent note, series of 1874. Found in The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club by Charles Dickens. Published by Hurst and Co., circa 1880. 

Sensation brand hair net, made from natural human hair. (Yeuch!) Found in Elements of Mechanics and Machine Design by Erik Oberg. Published by The Industrial Press, 1923.

Found in George Eliot's Life by J.W. Cross. Published by Harper and Brothers, 1885.


maiah said... @ July 24, 2010 at 8:11 PM

I carry a bookmark that has become my good luck charm - found it in an old used book I bought once in college. Great find, I can't wait to check out that website!

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