I read a really interesting article from AbeBooks.com recently about the strange, touching and sometimes valuable things booksellers have found wedged between the pages of books. These often mundane objects used as bookmarks, but long forgotten shed an eerie light on the lives and hopes of the book’s previous owners.
Adam Tobin, owner of Unnameable Books in Brooklyn, New York, has created a display inside his bookstore dedicated to objects discovered in books.
“It’s a motley assortment,” he said. “We’ve been doing it for about two years since opening the store. The display quickly took over the back wall and now it’s spreading to other places, and there’s a backlog of stuff that we haven’t put up yet. There are postcards, shopping lists, and concert tickets but my favorites are the cryptic notes. They are often deeply personal and can be very moving.”
As a school librarian this article prompted me to recall the strange (and sometimes gross) objects that I and my colleagues have found in books that have been returned to us. If anyone else has a story of strange objects found in books please let us know via the comments page below.