Croatia

May 13, 2012

A metallic bookmark from Croatia, showing a White Stork:

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Portuguese

June 5, 2011

A metallic bookmark from Portugal :

Thanks to Antonio for this one.

Today in the mail

February 2, 2011

Today I received an envelope from the USA with lots of stamps on it (and bookmarks inside)…

Here’s one of the bookmarks that came inside it. It’s made in Switzerland:

Many thanks to Esperanza.

Māori

November 24, 2010

Today I will show you a new bookmark I received from New Zealand:

This bookmark is made of metal. The card it comes with contains a brief description on the back: “The Maori were the first settlers of New Zealand. Maori society on the island eventually became organized into tribes, and warfare between groups may have been frequent“.

Thank you Cathie!

Think happy be happy

October 14, 2010

A metallic bookmark from the Barnes & Noble bookstores in USA:

Space Needle

October 12, 2010

This is a metallic bookmark from Seattle, USA. Many thanks to my aunt for it !

The Space Needle is a tower in Seattle, Washington, and is a major landmark of the Pacific Northwest region of the United States and a symbol of Seattle. Located at the Seattle Center, it was built for the 1962 World’s Fair. The Space Needle is 605 feet (184 m) high, features an observation deck at 520 feet (160 m), and a gift shop with the rotating SkyCity restaurant at 500 feet (152 m).

Statue of Liberty

June 8, 2010

A metallic bookmark from the Statue of Liberty in Liberty Island, New York City, USA:

The Statue of Liberty commemorates the aliance between France and the United States during the American Revolution (1775-1783). It was designed by French sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi and completed in July 1884. The French people donated the money for the statue. The United States built the pedestal with funds raised by newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer. The statue was first exhibited in Paris, then dismantled and shipped to New York, and reassembled at its present location. At 151 feet in height, she is one of the largest statues in the world and is recognized worldwide. She is a universal symbol of freedom, democracy, and diplomacy.

 

Statue of Liberty (Wikipedia.org)

Thanks to my brother for lending me his bookmark.

A Welcoming Pineapple

May 29, 2010

A metallic pineapple bookmark, with an explanatory card, from the USA:

The pineapple has been a symbol of hospitality since the days of the early American colonies. The legend began with the sea captains of New England, who sailed to the Caribbean Islands and returned to the colonies with exotic fruits and spices. When clipper ships returned o port, their families would spear a precious pineapple on their iron gate post as a common symbol to welcome friends and neighbors into their homes to celebrate the safe return of the captain and crew. The pineapple was an invitation for them to visit, share his food, and listen to the tales of their voyage…

 

Over time, colonial Innkeepers added the pineapple to their signs. To this day the pineapple is still a symbol of hospitality.

Thanks to my aunt for this bookmark!

Cross

May 3, 2010

This metallic bookmark is a cross, made in Taiwan:

The cross is one of the most ancient human symbols, and is used by many religions, such as Christianity. It is frequently a representation of the division of the world into four elements (or cardinal points), or alternately as the union of the concepts of divinity, the vertical line, and the world, the horizontal line.

The word cross was introduced to English in the 10th century as the term for the instrument of the torturous execution of Jesus, ultimately from Latin crux, via Old Irish cros. The word can nowadays refer to the geometrical shape unrelated to its Christian significance. The Latin Crux was a Roman torture device used for crucifixion.

Canada

February 26, 2010

These metallic Canadian bookmarks were given to me by my family:

They clip on the pages like this:

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