I came upon this nostalgic bookmark for sale on eBay just now and really like it but not enough to pay $32 for it! (Price + postage from the US)
The seller had this to say...
This is one of the coolest things I have found in a book! This was inside a very old children's book. It has been well-protected for years and the color is bright. This is a bookmark that was compliments of Kellogg's Rice Krispies. Made for a child, it shows a balanced breakfast and asks if yours measures up, with a 6 inch ruler printed on the side. On the other side is a pledge in poem form on proper book care. It is heavy stiff paper, but not cardboard. Kind of like a greeting card. Young Billy Wright from Buckskin School wrote his name and school in his best cursive along with a gold star. This measures about 6.5 x 2 inches and looks great. I have no idea how old it is but the book was from the 1950's.
VATICAN BOOKMARKS FROM THE VATICAN LIBRARY COLLECTION
While "the Vatican Library is accessible only to scholars as part of an effort to help preserve these rare treasures",
everyone it seems can buy the bookmarks!
Each Vatican bookmark and money clip comes in a beautiful gift box with the Vatican Library seal imprinted in gold, and a Vatican Library Collection information card. FREE Catholic gifts from Italy and St. Peter postcards included with your Vatican bookmark. Hand-made with the highest quality materials and workmanship. 24k gold-plated, silver, and Swarovski crystals.
Irene Klar (Canada) is one of my favourite artists and I am very happy to have some of her art represented in my bookmark collection. These are bookmarks produced by Irene and sold through various outlets. I discovered Irene's bookmarks (and therefore her art) in Denny's Wigwam, a jam-packed, amazing and fascinating store in Kanab, Utah, USA, when I was there in 2011. I purchased all the Irene Klar bookmarks they had in the store at the time. Here they are:
You can view all of the Irene Klar bookmarks and her other products on her website. Which reminds me... I must get a copy of her beautiful book Common Threads.
You can also view these bookmarks in the slideshow of my Arts; Art Gallery & Museum page on my website.
As a librarian who has received many dog-eared and otherwise damaged books back from borrowers over the years, I really LOVE these bookmarks created and produced by the Hesburgh Libraries of the University of Notre Dame.
As they say on their website... "This set of four bookmarks serves as a playful reminder of the importance and value of our library collections. The messages speak to Notre Dame's strong sense of tradition, with the aim of deepening our collective respect of, and care for, our library collections. The bookmarks are available at service points throughout the libraries; please take a moment to seek one out and enjoy using it to gently mark your spot!"
For an article in her local paper, Beth Schetroma of James V. Brown Library (Williamsport, PA, USA) asked her librarian colleagues to provide some of the most unusual things returned with books, or in books, or used as bookmarks. Here is a selection of what was shared with her. LOL!
(Having been a librarian myself, I can very much relate to these findings)!
Our patrons have used bobby pins, water bills and toothpicks as book marks. But the oddest things we've had returned in our books have been food items---a broken Oreo cookie dropped out of one book, a dried up really nasty piece of bologna was found in another, and several cooked spaghetti noodles in another. Needless to say, our rather embarrassed patrons had to pay for the books. - Cris Adams, Hobbs Public Library
At my branch we recently had $160.00, in twenties, come in with a returned book. Used concert ticket stubs, Diamondbacks baseball ticket stubs, PowerBall tickets, etc., are not uncommon. We get playing cards, baseball cards, post cards, and, not too long ago, we found a note written in a florid, loopy little-girl's hand which said "Mommy Have You Told Daddy About the New Baby Yet?" - Joe Schallan, Phoenix
The most unusual thing I ever found returned in a book was a passport - being used as a bookmark.... - Carol Simmons, Director Daly City Library
Of the many unusual "bookmarks" I have seen returned in books, my favorite would have to be the perfectly pressed marijuana leaf pressed between the pages of a Philosophy text. I was a page at the college library at the time and more than a little amused. I've also found money, tissues (used and unused) straws, candy wrappers, Twinkies (it was a gooey mess), condoms (still in the wrapper, thankfully), religious tracts, airplane tickets (we were able to return them to the great relief of the patrons), invitations (party, wedding, etc.), bus passes, checks, several drivers licenses and other IDs, lottery tickets (not the winning numbers), and a snake skin. I imagine this list will continue to grow as I don't plan on retiring any time soon. - Lynn Schofield-Dahl, Director, Matheson Memorial Library, Elkhorn, WI
A partially depleted package of birth control pills. Very interesting - one wonders about the outcome ??? A silver spoon (not stainless) with dried chocolate ice cream sticking the pages together. The customer was informed about the spoon and damaged book, but never retrieved it nor paid for the book. - Jeannine Humphris, Assistant Administrator / Operations Wichita Falls Public Library
My favorite thing found in a returned book was the waistband of a pair of Jockey shorts. Size 36. The most cash I ever found used as a bookmark was $80. We also found a bra in a book in the stacks, which I guess is technically another topic: Things Found in the Stacks. We were pretty sure the book wasn't returned with this interesting insert, but it certainly provoked some speculation about how and when and why it got there. - Carolyn Trout, Library Director, Joplin Public Library, Joplin, MO
"...the Omaha Public Library “has a new trophy in its collection of things used as bookmarks — a slice of bacon.”
The article wryly observed that “the library staff will not undertake to preserve it.” ~ Laine Farley, The Legend of the Bacon Bookmark, BiblioBuffet Website
Australiana Classic Children's Books.
Set of five bookmarks Issued by Australia Post with First Day Covers on 17th July 1985.
This gorgeous set of bookmarks with stamps are among my top favourites in my collection because:
They are iconic Australian images.
They are a collection of bookmarks as well as stamps.
They are beautifully designed.
The postmarks are delightful.
I have read all these books.
You can see each of these bookmarks individually, both the front and back images, here on my website in the Libraries and Reading Promotion category.
Debrah Gai Lewis lives in Lillian Rock, New South Wales, Australia and is a bookmark collector, yoga teacher and SoulCollage® Facilitator (among other things).
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