A Jessie Wilcox Smith drawing, with the unused coupon intact at the bottom of bookmark
AbeBooks has recently posted an article, Basic Guide to Book Collecting. One of the categories they discuss is Ephemera and it is of course wonderful to see Bookmarks included in that category:
"In the 15th century book printing began to take off and the concept of the bookmark was born. The earliest bookmarks were generally cloth or silk and most often sewn into the spine. Detached bookmarks became more prominent towards the middle of the 19th century and paper bookmarks did not become commonplace until closer to the 1880s. Today bookmarks are essential promotional items for publishers, book retailers, libraries and much more." (AbeBooks).
During my life, like many people, I have used many weird and wonderful things as bookmarks. Even though I have hundreds and hundreds of bookmarks in my collection I still often use a scrap of paper, receipt, boarding pass or some other thing to mark my place!
AbeBooks has recently posted a great article on this very subject on their AbeBooks.com website. Check it out and make sure you also read the reader comments.
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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In this blog I highlight bookmarks from my collection, feature stories about some of my favourite bookmarks (mine and other people's), and share interesting snippets I find on bookmarks and related topics. Thanks for visiting. Enjoy!