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A bookmark is a thin marker, often decorated with objects on either or both ends, used to keep one's place in a book and so be able to return to it with ease. Many bookmarks can be clipped on a page with the aid of a page-flap. Often bookmarks are sentimental and given at special occasions with a handwritten signature, date and message on the back.

In the 1850's, the first detached bookmark appeared and was was first referenced in Mary Russell Mitford's Recollections of a Literary Life (1852): "I had no marker and the richly bound volume closed as if instinctively."

The most common bookmark from that time period included in-your-face advertisements for various clothing including corsets, soap, and the medicines from the finest quacks!

Today bookmarks can be found in all shapes, colors and sizes.

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If you're looking for a special bookmark, you might try Mirage Bookmarks at for some of the most beautiful and unique bookmarks I have ever seen.


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