”I know every book of mine by its smell, and I have but to put my nose between the pages to be reminded of all sorts of things.” - George Robert Gissing
Between the pages of books on my shelves I have occasionally discovered an old receipt or shopping list. However, if you work in a bookstore that handles rare and used books, you may find items of a little more interest. Such is the case at forgottenbookmarks.com. The premise for this site is “…personal, funny, heartbreaking and weird things I find in those books.”
For instance, she’s found an old valentine in a book published in 1901, a handwritten recipe in a 1947 cookbook , and a postcard postmarked, July 1, 1941. Found in Look Homeward Erotica: The Kensington Ladies' Erotica Society, was a note that said “ Do not Remove from This Page!” The note was found on page 85, which, according to the blog, was “rather juicy.”
Have you found any ‘forgotten bookmarks’ between the pages of your books?
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