I fell in love with vintage books a few years ago. I cannot rightly say why, but then, is love ever explained by reason? They can be had on the cheap and the forgotten bookmarks within reveal bits of the past. Sometimes it feels sacrilegious removing the bookmarks, as if the reader will return to finish the book. In that case, I could only offer apologies and hope my appreciation of these items deflect any hardcore haunting. Most ephemera I find is from the Philly area, with exceptions.
Butch, the black and white Cavalier King Charles spaniel was created by Alfred Staehle, who also created Elsie the Cow, Smoky the Bear, and others. Mint condition pocket calendar from 1955.
Two other cool bookmarks; a 1959 Market-Frankford train or bus ticket, and a bookmark from Leary’s Book Store.
Last but not least, and not the end of my old-book ephemera, a charming little gift tag I almost didn’t notice in a book called The Red Napoleon, 1929, by Floyd Gibbons. I haven’t read it, but found it in a box of old books left roadside before a rainstorm. Good grief!
Life is but a series of fleeting moments…enjoy it! ‘Til next, keep reading and loving the little things in life!
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