I buy most of my books used, and I buy most of my used books from less than professional booksellers. I find better deals in thrift stores and consignment shops, so this is where I most often prefer to shop. What this means, not infrequently, is that the books I buy come with odd bits of paper that served their previous owners as bookmarks. Of course, because I list obsessive behaviour among my personality disorders, I have collected these bits of paper, though with no real idea as to what use they might have.
Today, in a copy of Cervantes’ Don Quixote, I found another makeshift bookmark, and I decided that, rather than just collect these things, I will blog them and then dispose of them. This solution seems somehow to meet my need to collect the silly things while dispensing with the problem of where to keep them.
The bookmark that I found in Don Quiote is a form of some sort. It is printed on heavy gray paper, about seven inches tall and four inches wide. At the very top, it reads, “Insert This End In Stock”. This is underlined. Then there is about three inches of empty space before a second underlined phrase: “Insert To This Line”. The bottom three inches contain a series of form questions, all separated by lines: “Date Mixed”, “Mixer”, “Batch No.”, “Cmpd No.”, “Oils”, and “Add Before Using”. The final phrase, also underlined, reads, “Hold For Lab. O.K.”.
I have no idea what this is, but there you have it. Do with it what you will.