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Forgotten Bookmarks
Added 27/01/2012
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Introduction:

Forgotten Bookmarks is a blog which exhibits ephemera found in old books by bookseller Michael Popek. Each object is shown alongside the book it was found in, with most of the books being lovely old relics in themselves.

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"I'm a used and rare bookseller. I buy books from people every day. These are the personal, funny, heartbreaking and weird things I find in those books."
This statement can be found perched at the top of every page of 'Forgotten bookmarks' and perfectly sums up the nature of this fascinating blog. I totally get the nature of this site. I know from experience that whenever I read a book, rather than purchase or rummage through belongings to find an actual 'official' bookmark, I will grab any old bit of paper or card that's to hand and utilise it. Generally by default the item in question will be some kind of old till receipt, flyer or voucher which otherwise would have found itself snuggling up nicely against the other unwanted items in my recycle bin. I'm sure that if I were to fast forward fifty years into the future, said bookmark that has very little interest right now will suddenly gain significant historical interest. I honestly love the idea of purchasing an old book from a charity shop and discovering an old nineteen fifties eye appointment reminder card nestled inside the murky depths of its dusty interior.

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Rating 10

'Forgotten bookmarks' is a very simple blog to navigate. The content is presented chronologically by date added in a long scrollable page that contains an 'Older Posts' link at the footer which obviously links to previous entries. There is also a recommendations list just above entitled "You might also like'; a very handy addition should you be stuck as to where on the blog to visit next. We are also presented with a filtering section down the left hand side called 'The Stuff'. This is where the user can search for bookmarks within specific areas that amongst others include: 'Advertising', 'Illustration', 'Giveaway', 'Receipt' and 'Money'. I especially like the 'Plants' section that actually includes entries where the books have been discovered with pressed leaves and flowers. The inclusion of this filtering system is very useful. I'm sure like me, most users will start by perusing the main list which is immediately visible on first opening the blog. However, once one has absorbed the essence of the site, I'm sure they'll want to start homing in on specific areas and themes, so having such a useful filtering system is great.

Layout:

Rating 7.0

'Forgotten bookmarks' is a very simple blog to navigate. The content is presented chronologically by date added in a long scrollable page that contains an 'Older Posts' link at the footer which obviously links to previous entries. There is also a recommendations list just above entitled "You might also like'; a very handy addition should you be stuck as to where on the blog to visit next. We are also presented with a filtering section down the left hand side called 'The Stuff'. This is where the user can search for bookmarks within specific areas that amongst others include: 'Advertising', 'Illustration', 'Giveaway', 'Receipt' and 'Money'. I especially like the 'Plants' section that actually includes entries where the books have been discovered with pressed leaves and flowers. The inclusion of this filtering system is very useful. I'm sure like me, most users will start by perusing the main list which is immediately visible on first opening the blog. However, once one has absorbed the essence of the site, I'm sure they'll want to start homing in on specific areas and themes, so having such a useful filtering system is great.

Summary:

Rating 8.8

I am genuinely intrigued and fascinated by the content on offer here. I'm sure it won't be for everyone but anyone who has an interest in old books and random historical documents and letters will no doubt find it as intriguing as I do. In a time when the likes of the 'Kindle' and the 'Ipad' seem to be hijacking our bookshelves and indeed the very way we purchase and handle books as we know them, it's very sobering to know that sites like this exist. Besides the intrigue and historical value of the bookmarks themselves, it also feels like a celebration of the beauty of books gone by. As I previously mentioned, if we were to fast forward fifty years into the future we would be fascinated by the kind of bookmarks we could discover. But sadly, books as we know them could be all but obsolete by then if current trends with electronic gadgetry persist. So blog sites such as this will be of even more historical value than ever. There is in fact a 'Forgotten Bookmarks' book available from leading book sellers. Wouldn't it be somewhat bizarre if there became a time where the book was only available digitally?

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