Some people find money hidden in the pages of books. I’ve never found any currency, unless you count the thousand-dollar bill that once gave my heart an oh-so brief flutter. At second glance, it was a bit small for real money, it was laminated, and obviously just a bookmark. Oh, well.
(For those of you who are curious, production of U.S. $1000 currency notes stopped during World War II, along with $500, $5,000 and $10,000 notes. Their main purpose had been for bank transfer payments. With the arrival of more secure transfer technologies, they were no longer needed for that purpose. Some may still be found in circulation today and they are legal tender, but the Federal Reserve Banks remove them from circulation and destroy them as they are received.) So keep fanning those pages of old books!
Here are some of the items we DO find in books:
Airline boarding passes
Recipes, grocery lists
Letters and greeting cards
Drawings, doodles & sketches
Bills, receipts, letters from creditors
A colossal assortment of bookmarks from the Victorian era to the present
Here’s a look at some of the most charming ephemera of which we have become custodians:
(You can click on images to enlarge them)