By Michael Popek
Michael Popek began working at his parent’s used and rare book store where he was responsible for buying and sorting books. On a whim, he created a blog so that his friends could see some of the unusual things he was finding inside of the books he processed. That blog became the basis for his book Forgotten Bookmarks: A Bookseller’s Collection of Odd Things Lost Between the Pages.
Popek divided the book’s chapters into five categories “Photographs,” “Letters, Cards and Correspondence,” “Notes, Poems, Lists and Other Written Ephemera,” “Receipts, Invoices, Advertising, and Other Official Documents,” and “The Old Curiosity Shop: From Four-Leaf Clovers to Razor Blades.” He also featured photographs of both the forgotten items and the book in which they were found.
Forgotten Bookmarks: A Bookseller’s Collection of Odd Things Lost Between the Pages is charming and captivating. You find yourself wanting to know the story behind the letters, postcards and photographs…. Not only are you seeing wonderful examples of ephemera but you are getting to see the lovely cover art of the books themselves.
Don’t miss it.