Link Collection on Bookmarks
International Friends of Bookmarks (IFOB)
The International Friends of Bookmarks is an informal community of individuals with an interest in bookmarks, such as bookmark collectors, librarians, editors of blogs, publishers of books and papers on bookmarks, illustrators and bookmark producers, ephemera specialists and others. The organisation has been established in December 2015 and operates this website with the aim to develop it into a public resource of knowledge about bookmarks and as a communication platform for the members. The general mission of the IFOB is to increase the public awareness of bookmarks.
The Bookmark Society (TBS)
The Bookmark Society was founded in 1991 by Joe Stephenson of Horwich. Most members are based in the UK, but the society welcomes members from all over. The society publishes a periodic newsletter (TBS News - The Bookmark Society News) with news and listings about bookmarks old and new. There are also swap meets at least twice a year at which members can get to know fellow collectors, discuss nominated themes and, of course, swap bookmarks. Correspondence by email can be addressed to the membership secretary of the society:
The Ephemera Society of America (ESA)
The ESA is a non-profit organization encouraging the preservation and the study of paper ephemera and is the publisher of The Ephemera Journal. Web page contains an information page on bookmarks and a vast list of links including collectors, traders and public organisations.
The Ephemera Society, UK
The society is a non-profit body devoted to the collection, conservation, study and educational uses of handwritten and printed ephemera. Established in 1975, the Society is today internationally recognised as the authority in the field of ephemera, counting among its members libraries, museums, colleges and universities, as well as ephemera dealers and private individuals in twenty or more countries.
Ephemera Society of Australia Inc.
A longstanding association of individuals bound by their personal and professional passion for collecting ephemera. ESA was formally established in August 1987 to unite collectors in Australia.
Stevengraph Collectors Association
The association was founded in 1954 and publishes a quarterly newsletter with informations on bookmarks and other weavings of Thomas Stevens who was a 19th century weaver from Coventry, UK., who invented stevengraphs, woven silk pictures, among them many beautiful bookmarks. The Assoociation would be pleased to email a free sample copy of their newsletter to anyone who asks. Please contact the President of the Association, Mark Cottrill at:
Rheinhausen District Library, Duisburg, Germany
The Rheinhausen district library owns a large collection of bookmarks which has been shown as a travelling exhibition in many different places. The library used to organise bookmark exhibitions with the participation of bookmark collectors in the past. A scientific approach to classify and catalogue bookmarks has led to some publications (in German/English) and can be seen as pdf files on the website.
Antique Advertising Association of America (AAAA)
The AAAA is the largest club for collectors of popular and antique advertising. The club's newsletter, PastTimes, is filled with photos and information on paper, tin or wood advertising, signs, containers, ephemera or displays, among them also some advertising bookmarks
The Leather Bookmark Club
The Leather Bookmark Club is based in the UK and was started in 1989. It welcomes members from all countries. The intention of the club is to promote the collection of leather or leather board bookmarks.
Extensive site containing alphabetic listings with detailed pictures of woven silk bookmarks and other silk products made by Thomas Stevens, Grant, Welch & Lenton and many other British weavers.
Large reference site on Victorian woven silk pictures and bookmarks with amazing pictures, operated by Malcolm J. Roebuck.
A comprehensive site about silk pictures, bookmarks and postcards of the Victorian era. This is a mirror site of the Stevengraphs Silk page (see above).
The World of Bookmarks - discontinued
This site was a large information base on bookmarks containing The History of Bookmarks, Bibliography of Books & Publications on book-marks, Link Collection, Quotes on Bookmarks, Essays & specific information for collectors, provided by Mirage Bookmark and IFOB founder, Asim Maner. After his death in 2017, his family decided not to continue the business. Much of the information is now found on the IFOB site.
Online Bookmark Exhibitions
World's largest online collection of antique silver and non-paper bookmarks with over 1000 exhibits in many different materials and make-up. The collection of Howard Schecter can be viewed with the aid of an interactive catalogue.
Le Musée du Marque-Page
The website in French displays a systematic exhibition of modern advertising bookmarks produced by publishing houses in categories, possibility to swap bookmarks with the owner of the site Patrick Bouteau.
Lesezeichen Museum - Bookmark Museum
The website in German displays a large collection of bookmarks with many antique exhibits originating mainly from Germany. The owner Peter Scheffer has accumulated over 20'000 bookmarks and presents one of the most extensive online exhibitions..
Vogue’s Gallery: Ian Frazier Curates a Show of Janet Malcolm’s Bookmarks
Janet Malcolm the writer is also Janet Malcolm the artist. She have created collages which led early on to an enchanting series of bookmarks. Some of the "amazing works of art", as one of her closest friends Ian Frazer describes the bookmarks, are being exhibited on a show at Vogue's Gallery.
The Art of Bookmark - discontinued
This site had an exhibition displaying a large collection of bookmarks from 1850s up to now in categories and with emphasis on the design of bookmarks, hosted on the Mirage Bookmark website by owner and IFOB founder Asim Maner. After his death in 2017, his family decided not to continue the business. Much of the information is now found on the IFOB site. .
Le Marque-pages de Mimi
Mimi's website in French displays a beautiful exhibition of her bookmarks in categories, showing mainly bookmarks from France,
Bookmark exhibition by Debrah Lewis from Australia based on her collection.
Willy's boekenleggers - Willy's bookmarks
Willy Nieuwveld from Holland presents bookmarks from her collection and her double bookmarks on offer for swapping.
Bookmark Museum of Clemens Posten
The owner displays his collection as a museum of bookmarks with an unusual navigation.
Rosemarie Abel from Germany presents her bookmark collection in a growing number of pictures and provides some information about her bookmark exhibitions in libraries and commented links related to bookmarks (in German).
Bookmark Museum of Krueger Books
A small exhibition of bookmarks presented by KruegerBooks.com
A Japanese collector who has been collecting for over 30 years and especially likes antique bookmarks.
Wishing Friends All Over The World? - Exchange Bookmarks With Other Collectors - no longer available
This popular list of collectors provided by the Mirage Bookmark website contained 240 collectors from 39 different countries and listed special interests, website pages and correspondence languages of the participants. This exchange was maintained by Asim Maner, owner of Mirage Bookmarks and IFOB founder. After his death in 2017, his family decided not to continue the business. We hope that participants will join the IFOB Bookmark Swap.
A wide-ranging, in-depth blog on ephemera by Marty Weil, including lots of interviews with ephemera collectors. It covers everything from collecting to extraordinary examples to interviews with world-renown ephemeralists from a generalist's perspective. There are more than 2,600 entries on the site.
The large blog of the bookmark collectors Montserrat Casaponsa and Domènec Martinez is written in Spanish and represents a very rich source for bookmark images and further information about bookmarks based on a huge collection of several hundred thousand bookmarks.
A World of Bookmarks
The blog of a Spanish bookmark collector presents bookmarks from different countries and aims to gather bookmarks from each country of the world,
What Does Your Bookmark Say About You
Jenna Homen makes some personality treats about you according what you use as a bookmark.
It's Called Bookmarking
Interesting blog treating various aspects of bookmarks, such as how to organise a bookmark exhibition, how to organise and store your bookmark collection.
Mi Colleccion de Marcapaginas
Blog of Mercè Cuadrado is written in Spanish and shows her collection consisting of mostly Spanish and some other bookmarks from Europe.
Personal, funny, heartbreaking and weird things found in books which a second-hand book seller finds in books.
Bookmarks Collection From Around the World
Liudmila shows her huge collection of bookmarks from all over the world, possibility to swap bookmarks with her.
Bookmarks versus dog ears: how you keep track of your reading - in pictures
From old gig tickets to toilet paper and £20 notes, almost anything can be co-opted as a bookmark, as as a recent callout for pictures revealed. How do you mark your place in books? A poll by the newspaper Guardian.
World of Bookmarks
The blog of Martina Schütt (in German) concentrates on modern bookmarks mostly from Germany.
Picture Collections - see also the IFOB Gallery pages
The Pinterest picture board created by Mirage Bookmark is devoted to bookmarks of all kinds and ages and shows meanwhile +2300 pictures.
Surfing the Flickriver with Bookmarks
Flickriver is a web-based Flickr viewer that allows viewing photos quickly & easily, in one river of photos. Searching on Flickriver for the term 'bookmark' yields +19k pictures, sorted by their relevance and popularity. You can spend hours in this beautiful river if you wish.
A huge collection of over 90.000 pictures tagged as bookmarks by Instagram users, showing mostly fancy bookmarks. The selection #bookmark yields even more pictures, however the relevance is lower.
The largest Flickr group picture pool with +500 members and +1.9k pictures of bookmarks of all types.
Me and My Bookmark
Pictures of people showing their bookmarks, a Flickr group.
20 Interesting Bookmarks You'll Want So Badly - by Siobhan Harmer
Collection of witty bookmarks shown in pictures.
My Bookmark Collection by Little Book Owl
Catriona presents her bookmark collection in a 10 minute YouTube video
My Bookmark Collection by abookutopia
Sasha presents her bookmarks and tells stories about them in a 6 minutes video on YouTube.
Bookmarks & Book Marks
What are you using currently as bookmarks and other questions
In My Book - bookmark greeting cards
Robin Blum's clever book-related sayings and whimsical drawings make these greeting cards with detachable bookmarks handy for many occasions and useful thereafter.
Wood Wizard - Handcrafted Cherry Wood Bookmarks
Michael Nichols laser cuts custom bookmarks with eclectic designs and allows customers to express themselves in cherry.
Silverleaf - Original Handmade Creations
Handmade silver bookmarks with enchanting details, produced by silversmiths in Udine, Italy.
Papilionaceous pure silk - Jacquard Woven Silk Ribbons
Producing woven silk pictures and bookmarks in Dartmouth, Devon, UK.
My Bookmark - Handcrafted bookmarks made of polymer clay
The bookmarks handmade by Olena Mysnyk from Kiev, Ukraine, has reached cult status on internet blogs.
Cogworks - Bookmarks made of natural wood
Fine wooden bookmarks available in many woods and designs crafted in New Hampshire.
Mirage Bookmark - Etched metal & fine art print bookmarks - no longer available
Swiss company owned by Asim Maner, founder of IFOB, specialised in art bookmarks with finest cut-out details and fine art prints for art museums. After his death in 2017, his family decided not to continue the business.
Non-bookmarks are cards or other items which are frequently used as bookmarks, such as trade cards, tickets, exlibris.
The World of Playing Cards
The World of Playing Cards is an extensive & living encyclopaedia of the history and visual art of playing cards including articles about the history, manufacturers, production methods, and bibliography of playing cards.
Further Useful Links
These links can be useful in making research on bookmarks
A brief history of plastics, natural and synthetic
by Laurence Knight, BBC News
An easy to understand overview of plastic materials and their use in human history. Very useful in dating antique bookmarks and other items of daily life and otherwise also enjoyable.
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