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Bookmarks With Two Blades From One: Part 2

March 29, 2012

In part one the subject was bookmarks that had a secondary blade stamped out of the main blade. This process produces a bookmark with two blades the edges of which are very close together. These have been named close blades and could be further identified as short or long . The later is determined as short if the secondary blade is less than half the length of of the primary blade. In the stamping process a slight offset is usually made to make a space for the page to be inserted.

This next type of blade may be cast in a mold, stamped out or cutout  with a saw like tool. The result is a primary blade with a smaller open secondary blade that has a significant open space between the blades. Again, these may be considered Open, short if they are half or less the length of the primary blade. They are open, long if the secondary blade is more than half the length of the primary blade.

Open, Short Blade Bookmarks

Here are  examples of some  the forms of souvenir bookmarks in the Short,Open type. Note that all secondary blades are quite open as well as less than half the length of the primary blade.The first is a souvenir of an American Legion Convention held in Chicago IL at the same time as the 1933 Century of Progress Exhibition.  The second example was probably given as a “thank you” to contributors  to the  British War Relief Society during and after WW II.The third one was from the 1939 International Golden Gate Exposition. Number four is from Ironwood MI. The fifth piece is a California memento and the final item is a religious example quoting Luke 2:11.

Open, Long  Blade Bookmark.

Again, notice the open space between the blades. Also note the long length of the secondary blade that is over half the length of the primary blade. The first item is strictly decorative and is marked Italy.The second bookmark is from the Saratoga Battlefield in NY state. Number three is  from the Boy Scouts and the last is a memento from Kingston Ont. Canada.

Wide Bookmarks With two blades are a sub category of the open, long blade bookmarks. They are almost as wide or wider than they are long. I have never found one with a close blade or a short secondary blade. Here are a few examples.

Wide Bookmarks with open, long blades.

 The first is an advertising bookmark made of a very lightweight metal which is assumed to be aluminum. The second is from tje Memphis, Shelby County Public Library for their 1ooth anniversary. The fourth item is just decorative , a book bookmark. The fifth item is a copy from a piece of art at a museum I have forgotten. Sorry! The last piece has etched initials and is sterling silver from Tiffany & Co..

This division of close and open  as well as long and short may seem trivial and it could be if one only has a few bookmarks. When there are hundreds it is a useful way to group them in units that have similarities.

Next time the subject will be carved  bone and Ivory bookmarks.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. March 29, 2012 5:48 pm

    I enjoy looking at all the different bookmark samples. I find it interesting that you organize the bookmarks and often arrange your discussions by the structure of the bookmarks (single blades etc.), while I am almost oblivious to the functional structure style and am instead focused on what material is used (celluloid, sterling silver, wood) and what design style is used for each.

    • April 1, 2012 3:40 am

      Thanks for the comment.Yes, there are always different ways to look at any pile of objects and there is no one way to organize almost any pile. For me physical form works well with bookmarks with as many as I have. If there were only a few of these metal, bone plastic, wood, etc. then I’d just keep them all in a box together. Most bookmarks have a message so that is a good way of segregating them, especially if they are the paper type.

      • April 1, 2012 5:59 pm

        The think the librarian in me and the potential librarian in you come out as we consider all the different categories and sub-categories we could use to organize bookmarks. : )

      • April 2, 2012 2:46 am

        Do you think I’m making my own dewey Decimal System? Maybe in my own little way!

  2. March 29, 2012 11:45 pm

    As usual, most informative and filled with lush photography of amazing “objets d’art” – who would ever have thought that a simple bookmark (mine are stick-on notes!!) could evolve into such beautiful pieces? A whole world unto itself, and you do a great job of sharing it with the ignorant! Thanx, laohu

    • April 1, 2012 3:43 am

      Thank you for the comment Tiger! Your remarks are always a boost for my efforts.

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