Things found in used books

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This wasn't in a book, but I found a post-breakup letter in a copy of Tim Buckley's "Greetings From LA" LP I got at a swap meet. It started out promising with "You may wonder why i cheated on you..." and got boring reeeeaaaallllly fast.

Chairman Doinel (Charles McCain), Friday, 7 April 2006 00:38 (9 years ago) Permalink

I forgot this thread ever existed! My girlfriend works in a used bookstore and they make at least a dozen buys a day so the stream of entertaining stuff never ceases. The other day a woman came in and sold a bunch of old books and claimed, "If you find anything in there, it was my dad's." About five Playboy centerfolds from the 60s fell out of the middle of the first book -- not the magazines, just the removed centerfold section. A few minutes later her coworker shrieked and stomped on something on the ground. A cockroach, right? Not quite.. there was a polaroid close-up of a penis that fell out of a book.

mike h. (mike h.), Friday, 7 April 2006 03:57 (9 years ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, and the ten-page love letter written to a prostitute that wasn't all that dirty.

mike h. (mike h.), Friday, 7 April 2006 03:58 (9 years ago) Permalink

I found a note card that say's " I cannot emphasize how much emotion and opinion has played a role in our perception of drugs. " so indignant

Mr Jones (Mr Jones), Friday, 7 April 2006 05:10 (9 years ago) Permalink

"Happy Birthday Tom. It's just about living your life, that's all. Steve."

Found printed in the inside cover of a second-hand Genet book. It's the wierd understatement of it that I like.

Nicholas Passant (Nicholas Passant), Friday, 7 April 2006 06:51 (9 years ago) Permalink

in a first edition of peter wollen's 'signs and meaning in the cinema', a bit of fairly chaste lesbian porn from the '60s.

Real Goths Don't Wear Black (Enrique), Friday, 7 April 2006 07:14 (9 years ago) Permalink

A small, German book about the Latin language, from about 1910, in blackletter font and all. Somewhere in the early pages, where various ethnic and language groups are discussed in order to place Latin and the Romans in a broader context, this (Norwegian) sentence pencilled into the margin with seemingly prewar handwriting: "NB it has later been established that the Hittites were Aryans!"

The Vintner's Lipogram (OleM), Friday, 7 April 2006 07:33 (9 years ago) Permalink

scrawled on the inside cover of david lee roth's autobiography, crazy from the heat:

To SHane
Meet you all the way.
MUCH love,

jhoshea (scoopsnoodle), Friday, 7 April 2006 11:45 (9 years ago) Permalink

I bought 2 very early Private Eye annuals ('Eye on London' and 'Romantic England and other unlikely stories') both from 1963 in Denmark and both were full of cuttings from UK newspapers stretching from Peter Cook's obituaries right back to the original reviews of Beyond The Fringe, the Establishment Club and Not Only...But Also. Fascinating stuff.

mms (mms), Friday, 7 April 2006 12:18 (9 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...
My friend's mom bought an used collection of poems by Pablo Neruda, and on the inside sleeve was a handwritten to dedication to some Finnish woman, signed Pablo Neruda. It looked quite genuine.

Tuomas (Tuomas), Tuesday, 25 April 2006 10:23 (9 years ago) Permalink

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free latin ringtone, Thursday, 27 April 2006 08:13 (9 years ago) Permalink

You found ringtones inside a Book?

mark grout (mark grout), Thursday, 27 April 2006 10:08 (9 years ago) Permalink

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Tuomas (Tuomas), Thursday, 27 April 2006 10:09 (9 years ago) Permalink

2 years pass...

What the hell was that last post about?

Tuomas, Thursday, 22 January 2009 08:57 (7 years ago) Permalink

A friend of mine used to live in a flat owned by an older male relative, who was hospitalized (and who later died in hospital). All his books and other stuff were still there, and his bookshelf had a lot of books on Christianity, so we thought he must've been quite religious. But then later on my friend found a box that was put in a cupboard or something, and in the box there were some books on homosexuality and some old erotic gay pictures (I think they were from the 70s or older). So he must've felt quite contradicted about himself. All of this made me a bit sad, even though I'd never met this person.

Tuomas, Thursday, 22 January 2009 09:14 (7 years ago) Permalink

Tuomas have we honestly reached the point where you ask people to explain your own posts to you?

nabisco, Thursday, 22 January 2009 18:34 (7 years ago) Permalink

Also, when I was staying at some married friends' house, they let me stay in the same room as the books. So, at midnight I decided to have a rummage. Leafing through the kama-sutra not only were some of the sentences highlighted, but on one page there was a 10 year old polariod of my friends "in the missionary position". I just could not look at them the next day.

― JTS, Friday, August 27, 2004 9:56 PM (4 years ago) Bookmark

OK. It's been nearly 5 years since this misinformation was posted. I can admit that I was probably about 13 when this happened, unlikely to ever be invited to any 'married friends' house', and yes, for 'friends' read 'parents' :(

JTS, Friday, 23 January 2009 02:12 (7 years ago) Permalink

You were making a "latin ringtone" joke, Tuomas.

O Bama, Up Yours! (The Yellow Kid), Friday, 23 January 2009 02:20 (7 years ago) Permalink

i used to put money in books and then not remmeber which book they were in so some australians scored pretty big

tacos, fettucini, linguini, martini, bikini. (sunny successor), Friday, 23 January 2009 03:57 (7 years ago) Permalink

a page torn out of an S&M magazine (late 60s-era maybe?) with swastika in backdrop. found in photo book of mycenae.

ian, Friday, 23 January 2009 04:32 (7 years ago) Permalink

OK. It's been nearly 5 years since this misinformation was posted. I can admit that I was probably about 13 when this happened, unlikely to ever be invited to any 'married friends' house', and yes, for 'friends' read 'parents' :(

― JTS, Friday, January 23, 2009 2:12 AM (2 hours ago) Bookmark


BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Friday, 23 January 2009 05:03 (7 years ago) Permalink

Yeah man it set my latency back 5 years. Actually I made the polaroid part up, but the highlighted and annotated sex journal was truth. It's more likely that my mother was studying for an assignment or something on 'Sexual Lust' (it wasn't a kama-sutra at all) at some point during the 80s, but at the time I truly believed that my parents had chosen to store away some 'special passages' for when they might be useful... (shudder)... Sorry to discredit an amusing tale but I did use to lie and embellish quite a lot when I was 16.

JTS, Saturday, 24 January 2009 07:24 (7 years ago) Permalink

You were making a "latin ringtone" joke, Tuomas.

Thanks, I get it now! The post I was answering to being deleted made it kinda hard to decipher.

Tuomas, Sunday, 25 January 2009 09:52 (7 years ago) Permalink

This thread has jogged something. A possible error. Involving a nude photo and the many books I've donated to the Salvation Army.

╓abies, Sunday, 25 January 2009 15:46 (7 years ago) Permalink

i was found a tourist guide book for iraq from the 70s at a second hand book sale, had a postcard inside from an iraqi saying:

"hey, come and visit us some time, we can go and see all the ancient temples and whatnot, check out the book."

sort of depressing.

mensrightsguy (internet person), Sunday, 25 January 2009 16:30 (7 years ago) Permalink

*once found...

mensrightsguy (internet person), Sunday, 25 January 2009 16:30 (7 years ago) Permalink


I once found a '70s Hustler calendar in my dad's copy of Master Of Reality, but that's a different thread I suppose.

╓abies, Sunday, 25 January 2009 16:33 (7 years ago) Permalink

ha that's awesome

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Sunday, 25 January 2009 18:21 (7 years ago) Permalink

When I was 15, I had two summer jobs, one as a dishwasher in my aunt and uncle's restaurant and one at a used bookstore down the street from it. There was this waiter at the restaurant everyone hated-- he had this really snooty air and was a dick to everyone in the kitchen. About halfway through the summer I was going through a bunch of books someone had sold to the bookstore and a bunch of photos fell out of one of them. Pictured was the same waiter, in what looked like a hotel room, in aqua-coloured bikini briefs, looking directly into the camera with the same supercilious pursed-lipped expression he always had when he looked into the kitchen to see if his table's food was out.

antexit, Sunday, 25 January 2009 18:27 (7 years ago) Permalink

Aaand I already posted that story.

antexit, Sunday, 25 January 2009 18:30 (7 years ago) Permalink

the other day, in vol 1. of menzies collection of shang dynasty oracle bones i found a recent issue of penthouse letters. zzzz.

dylannn, Sunday, 25 January 2009 18:33 (7 years ago) Permalink

i bought a second hand copy of sonic youth's goo, and inside was a drawing of a joint on tracing paper.

the fap where all the dudes fawned over my chick (stevie), Sunday, 25 January 2009 18:45 (7 years ago) Permalink

I almost bought a tatty old copy of Alice in Wonderland because the inside cover had "Happy Christmas, Darling, love Mummy and Daddy XXXXXXX" written in it, but I decided that stupidly excessive sentimentalism wasn't a good enough reason. I now regret it. :'(

Merdeyeux, Sunday, 25 January 2009 20:28 (7 years ago) Permalink

2 years pass...

I got a big box (45 pounds) of 60s Playboys from an Ebay store yesterday. In the auction post, the store mentioned that they hadn't looked through every magazine for defects and whatnot. So because of that I got the unlisted bonus of finding in one of the issues a personalized autographed b&w glossy headshot of Stella Stevens plus a folded pin up of her from a mid-60s issue of Variety (that had an ad for The Naked Prey on the other side).

Your cousin, Marvin Cobain (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 25 February 2011 19:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

I have heard it said that people like to stash money in bibles. Seems like a good thing to check out the used bibles in the thrift stores. I haven't ever found any, tho.

Aimless, Friday, 25 February 2011 19:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

best personal find: ticket stub from Graceland

(not a book) but a former co-worker of mine once found a sheet of acid in a used fairport convention LP.

blank, Friday, 25 February 2011 21:02 (4 years ago) Permalink

That is crazy

Trip Maker, Friday, 25 February 2011 21:06 (4 years ago) Permalink

found a NYC ticket stub in a book I got here in Denver

otherwise, never really much aside from coffee stains or things that resemble boogers of a bygone era

mamma mia pizzeroni (kelpolaris), Friday, 25 February 2011 21:32 (4 years ago) Permalink

lots of bookmarks, a grocery store receipt once with a phone number on the back of it - tried calling it but it was disconnected

rendezvous then i'm through with HOOS (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 25 February 2011 21:37 (4 years ago) Permalink

oh, and hairs. i'm always reading and wondering where the hell these big long blonde hairs are coming from.

mamma mia pizzeroni (kelpolaris), Friday, 25 February 2011 21:41 (4 years ago) Permalink

I found a few family photos taped to the blank pages of the hardcover booklet that came with the Dock Boggs CD I bought. there's a (1950s?) polaroid of a young couple standing in front of a fireplace, a polaroid (also '50s?) of two boys and two middle aged ladies on a porch, and a color photo (1980s or '90s?) of a family (mom + dad and four kids) sitting on one side of a kitchen table. there's also a sentimental note from "Ron, Jr." to his brother Bill. all that stuff must've really hurt the resale value of the CD, because I got it for ≈$8 at a time when copies were going for ten times that much on Amazon.

administratieve blunder (unregistered), Friday, 25 February 2011 21:48 (4 years ago) Permalink

I would've been more impressed if the ppl in the photos were spooky Depression-era southerners. they look pretty normal as far as I can tell.

administratieve blunder (unregistered), Friday, 25 February 2011 21:51 (4 years ago) Permalink

in a library book I found one of those fake dollar bills with an angel in the place of the dead president and cutesy details like "Jesus Christ paid for all debts, public and private". I was disappointed that it wasn't actual money.

administratieve blunder (unregistered), Friday, 25 February 2011 21:55 (4 years ago) Permalink

2 years pass...

found inside a copy of 'the man who loved children'

intrigued by the 'international visitors center'

乒乓, Sunday, 26 May 2013 19:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

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