Monday, September 19, 2011

Forgotten Bookmarks

Happy Monday, everyone!

It feels so good to be posting again!  I know I only missed one post (on Friday) but it feels much longer.  I had a great start to my weekend at our Tour the Town gallery walk, whereby I showcased my wares at the Gallery and Frame Shop, my art home away from home (Brian did, too!).  I sold a pendant, even!  :D  And I got people asking the very important question:  What IS ephemera?  Hopefully I will convert more folks into Ephemeraologists.  :D

As most of you reading this post already know, when you're an Ephemeraologist interesting things seem to find YOU.  Take, for example, this vintage business card:

Isn't it fantastic?  It was in a book that I purchased at our annual AAUW book sale.  I didn't find it until a couple of months later, and I didn't want to forget it so I pinned it to my "idea board".  Funny thing about that board - it's so crammed with "ideas" that I forgot about it until yesterday!

One of the best things about stuff like this is, for me anyway, imagining the person behind the item.  I got a real clear picture in my head of Mr. Ernie Schug - he was one of those guys who was a total BSer, a slap-on-the-back salesman-type who told off-color jokes and wore his pants too short.  I picture him as a smoker and someone who would've never turned down a wee nip o' the Scotch, if offered.  It says on his card that he was a wholesale sporting goods distributor and he was obviously looking to sell sporting guns (probably a rifle).  This is from right here in Wisconsin, so he would go the route of the deer hunting pitch, probably - deer hunting is a ritual here.  He probably had a tawdry story or two of his own hunting experiences, which most likely included some legendary drinking (a lot of guys (and women!) hunt for a couple hours and spend the rest of the weekend in the bars "up nort").

How do I know that any of the aforementioned is true?  I don't.  I could be 180 degrees from correct.  But it's fun to imagine, isn't it?  :D

There's a blog that I enjoy very much called Forgotten Bookmarks and it's all about this kind of stuff.  Michael Popek is the author of this blog, which very soon will also be available in book form!  He works in his family's used bookstore and happens across items like my business card all the time - items that weren't meant to be bookmarks but neat things that just happened to be handy when you need to mark your place.  This business card was no doubt a forgotten bookmark too.  It makes me want to take a much closer look at all of the used books I own, to see what treasures may still be lurking in those pages!

I have at least four pieces of art that I've made with a "forgotten bookmark" - the A&P receipt was stuck in another of my books and I loved it so much that I had to use it - twice!  It was like the ephemera gods gave me a gift!  The other "bookmark" was the Boy Scouts receipt that was stuck in this book and I used it in the scouting collage - I had to! It was begging to be used!  :D  The final one was this beyond-awesome K-Mart tag - I held onto this thing for the longest time, until I was doing an all-yellow card and it fit perfectly.  It fits into my love of anything "Pleasant Family Shopping" and I was thrilled when I found it!

So what about you?  Do you have any "forgotten bookmarks" that you'd like to tell us about?  We'd love to hear about them!  :D


  1. Thanks Annie! That was for our "monochromatic" ATC theme! :D

  2. Here's a fun link:

    In the third column from the left, scroll about halfway down and read the article titled: "Couple to mark golden wedding." ... Hmmmm.

  3. I always flip through old books at rummage sales and thrift stores. In one book I found: a postcard with a horse on it, several tags from gifts ("To Jon, Love Mom", etc), and an empty envelope with the postmark from 1968, on which had been scrawled several quotes and bits of poetry. In another book I found several baseball cards from the 1960's! Hubby was thrilled with that find. I let him add those to his collection.