I am reading Maigret at The Crossroads by Georges Simenon. I bought the book in one of Edinburgh’s finest charity shops a while ago and only just got round to reading it. The story dates to 1932 but this edition was published in the UK in 1983. The cigarette card was hidden in the beginning pages and I am using it as a book mark – perhaps the previous owner did too, who knows? I love finding things in books, it makes me feel connected to the previous reader/s. I imagine this “80p Claw Back” card to date back to the early 80s, like the book, but I’m not sure – anyone know when this kind of card was around? I do know, however, that in the early 80s there used to be a cigarette vending machine outside our local newsagents. It appeared when the shop was closed, mounted on a metal gate placed across the entrance to the shop. My late mum used to smoke Silk Cut and occasionally bought her cigarettes from that vending machine. Wouldn’t it be bizarre if this card had belonged to my mum, that it was her bookmark? It may seem crazy but she did like reading Maigret stories and she was always in and out of charity shops – giving and buying stuff, including books. No, it is crazy but it’s fun to think about it:)
Have you ever found anything in a book and if so what was it? Did the object have any significance to you or did you throw it in the bin and not give it a second thought?
(photo of Mum by Karl Habermann)