The Case of the Forgotten Postal

I stopped by the annual Mule Camp Market for lunch today, and picked up an old Perry Mason dime store novel (“The Case of the Sleepwalker’s Niece” by Erle Stanley Gardner, 1942, third printing) and — bonus! — found a penny postcard that apparently served as a bookmark.

The card comes from the British War Relief Society, Inc., and acknowledges the generous donation by Mrs. Camille Sadler of “4 more sweaters R.A.F”. Mrs. Sadler seems to have been staying in New York with her friend Mrs. Honore Palmer, at the very swank River House apartment building. Built in 1931, it has been an art deco landmark ever since and, today, one can get a three-bedroom apartment there for around $5 million.

But, back to Mrs. Sadler. I suppose she might have picked up the Perry Mason to read on the return trip back to — well, somewhere; who knows how many times the book has changed hands before it came to me but, apparently none of them bothered to open the book, let alone read it. I found the “bookmark” less than halfway through the book; I guess Mrs. Sadler never found out what happened to the sleepwalker.

Be sure to check out some of the other items in the Weekend Mailbox, and stop by Postcard Friendship Friday.

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8 Responses

  1. What a great find, Chris! I myself is hoping I could find something like this.

  2. irene says:

    Love the writing, and isn’t the back something too. Happy PFF

  3. This is extraordinary! So many things of interest! I notice “care of” is written out in full and not abbreviated. And it’s strange that a donation is recognised by a postcard!

    A great post!

  4. Dave Dubé says:

    Have you seen Michael Popek’s Forgotten Bookmarks blog? Almost one every day obtained in much the same fashion as yours, except he works in a rare and used book store. More ‘fodder’!

  5. postcardy says:

    That’s an interesting historical item. I like those old books too. I think if I didn’t collect postcards, I would have just left the card in there as a bookmark.

  6. Linda says:

    Great find. I believe the River House was the inspiration for the luxury building in the 1930s flick Dead End. That part of town wasn’t always so nice.

  7. Christine says:

    The book is great and the bookmark is even better!

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