The Refined Reader aims to take a look at the journey to where we are as readers today. It's part history, part commentary - providing a brief, conversational summary of various aspects of our bookish past and comparing it to how it has affected us in modern times. I love history, but I am no historian, and while I plan to do my research, if there are any errors, please let me know! This is as much a learning venture for me as I hope it is for my blog visitors!
Later, bookmarks were often silk ribbons sewn into the book until the 1850s, when detachable bookmarks started to become popular. They also became fancier and were made of a larger variety of materials. There was a well known pictorial bookmark from this time called the Stevengraph. They were created by Thomas Stevens in England and were pictures woven in silk. Many bookmarks were also made as advertisements for a wide variety of things which isn't really the case today. Bookmark advertisements now are most often for books or bookish related things which makes much more sense to me. But it seems good marketing to me to have let's say a food brand on a bookmark so that every time you open a book to read you might want to also get something to eat! (Like chocolate! *points below*)
My current favored bookmark is the Bookjig which has a metal clip with a ribbon attached. The clip slides onto the book cover so it's like the ribbon is a part of the book and I don't have to worry about laying my bookmark down somewhere. I thought it was a really cool idea! The back of the metal clip does have a curve to it though, so when I'm using it the front cover of the book doesn't lay completely flat. Otherwise though, I love it!
How do you mark your place in your books? (Please tell me you don't dog-ear!)
Do you have favorite bookmarks?
The Ephemera Society of America
Mirage Bookmark / Flickr
And speaking of bookmarks, I would love it if you would bookmark this site - The Duchesses! Paola from A Novel Idea, Charlotte from Gypsy Reviews, Tory from The Sleeping Latte and I are teaming up to provide more blogging adventures on that site! Bookish Whimsy is still my main blog, but The Duchesses will be a way to spend more blogging time with these great gals! So please check it out (enter the giveaway!) and let us know what you think!