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Our website is both:
1. Web's most comprehensive reference site on bookmarks for
books / 2. Website of a Swiss company producing art bookmarks
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COLLECTION FOR SALE
Bookmark's entire collection of bookmarks is for sale; it includes
well over 1000 bookmarks, both modern publishers' advertising
bookmarks and more valuable vintage items, from many different
countries (including United States of America, United Kingdom,
France, Germany, Austria). A few select ones can be viewed on the auction
site of this page
(but note that those which are indicated as sold are no longer
part of the collection).
or any questions about the collection can be directed to
- AUCTION OF VINTAGE BOOKMARKS - check out our BOOKMARK AUCTION
collectors: Currently, we are selling vintage rare bookmarks
from our collection in our
Shop. Don't miss to check out.
HISTORY OF BOOKMARKS
Did you know that bookmarks can
look back on a history of 2000 years?
Read more about the exciting discovery of the earliest existing bookmark.
MIRAGE BOOKMARK IS OFFICIAL SPONSOR OF THE WORLD BOOKMARK DAY (WOBODA)
The event is celebrated on 25 February annually. Join the manifold activities
for its promotion like the
bookmark raffle, contests, bookmark swap and more at the website of
International Friends of Bookmarks (IFOB) - www.ifobookmarks.org/woboda
Asim Maner: EARLY FRENCH BOOKMARKS -
book 132 pages, First edition October 2014
documentation of French bookmarks dating from 1800s up to 1969.
here for details and the order form
World of Bookmarks
Web's largest information base on bookmarks
History of Bookmarks | Books & Publications | Bookmark
Essays on Bookmarks | Link Collection | and many more
Art of Bookmark
Outstanding collection of bookmarks
from 1850s up to now
with over 150 images are showcased on this exhibition.
So take your time and enjoy !
bookmarks with other collectors
237 * friends * from
* 41 * different * countries
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Let Mirage Bookmark produce for you an unforgettable
customized bookmark for your event or as a customer gift,
as a wedding gift or as a merchandise for your gift shop.
received my bookmark order today. The bookmarks are exquisite! I am glad I
ordered so many and will be proud to give them
as gifts as they are unique and of such high quality." - Nancy
W., Seattle, WA
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INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT BOOKMARKS
- by Asim Maner
WHAT ARE BOOKMARKS?
In earlier times there were only bookmarks for books, devices helping to
find one's place in a book. Later, in the age of internet a new type of
bookmarks emerged which we can call virtual or digital
actually a link for another place on the browser. Hence we have to make
clear nowadays what type of bookmark we are speaking of. In order to
differentiate between the two types of bookmarks, also the bookmarks
for books have got new names subsequently. They are called real
bookmarks or physical bookmarks or material bookmarks.
WHY IS IT DIFFICULT TO FIND PHYSICAL BOOKMARKS ON INTERNET?
Today it is difficult
to search for real or physical bookmarks on internet because meanwhile a
large majority of the
links are relating to virtual bookmarks. Therefore, it is a good idea to
combine search terms in a Google search in order to hit more relevant
information. For instance, "metal bookmark" or "beautiful
bookmark" is sure to exclude most of the virtual bookmarks, whereas
"interesting bookmarks" would yield both types of bookmarks
without distinction, and of course much more virtual bookmarks according
to the higher percentage of them in links.
HOW OLD ARE THE EARLIEST
The earliest real bookmarks have
been used by Coptic Christs in their luxury Bibles as early as the 1st
century of our time. The
earliest existing bookmark
dates from the 6th century and is an ornamented leather bookmark which
was attached to a Coptic Bible by a leather strap.
WHAT ARE NON-BOOKMARKS?
Non-bookmarks are objects which initially have not been produced to
serve as a bookmark, however, they are used frequently as bookmarks due
to their suitable shape or ready availability. The list of frequently
used non-bookmarks is long and include postcards, ticket stubs, paper
and sales slips, memos, banknotes, photographs, letters and envelopes,
labels, religious cards, ribbons and strings, dried flowers, leaves and
plants, chocolate and candy wrappings, pieces of leather and fabric and
many more. Some of the oldest non-bookmarks are playing cards which have
been found in medieval manuscripts in European monasteries. Many of them
have been cut to form a heart shape and could be clipped on a book page
by a flap cut in the card /source: Karl Heinz
Steinbeisser: Lesezeichen sammeln, 2006/. The list
of non-bookmarks include also weird objects like a passport, a slice of
ham, a sock or a preservative. An interesting collection of
non-bookmarks found in used books can be seen on the blog Forgotten
ARE PUZZLE BOOKMARKS?
Puzzle bookmarks are a group of bookmarks which are printed or
illustrated with parts of a picture so that when they are put together
in the right order the complete picture can be seen. Puzzle bookmarks
are very popular among bookmark collectors and they consist mostly of 3,
4 or 5 bookmarks, however, there are also bookmarks puzzles consisting
of only 2 bookmarks or 6 to 10 bookmarks. Picture below shows a puzzle
bookmark consisting of three parts and showing the painting In the
Norwegian by Claude Monet (Bookmarks
produced by Mirage Bookmark for the Monet Exhibition 2017 in Fondation
Beyeler, Modern Art Museum, Riehen, Switzerland):
to be continued ...
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