30 Nov 2009

Mosquito in a book

The rubber bookmark from Moscow, Russia.
Why will you never catch a mosquito reading a book? Because it will become a bookmark without a second look:)

27 Nov 2009

Love and Butterfly

The bookmark with a butterfly from the USA. The Greek proverb is written on it: The heart that loves is always young.

26 Nov 2009


The wooden bookmark from the Philippines. Hancrafted and handpainted using ethnic designs of tribal people in southern Philippines.

The Philippines is a country in Southeast Asia in the western Pacific Ocean. An archipelago comprising 7,107 islands, the Philippines has the 5th longest coastline in the world. The islands are categorized broadly into three main geographical divisions: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The capital city is Manila.

23 Nov 2009

King Ramesses II

The bookmark from England.

The British Museum is a museum of human history and culture situated in London. Its collections, which number more than seven million objects, are amongst the largest in the world and originate from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginning to the present.
The British Museum gives information on Egyptian life, gods and goddesses, mummification, rulers, pyramids, temples, time, trade, and writing.

King Ramesses II was the third Egyptian pharaoh of the Nineteenth dynasty. He is often regarded as Egypt's greatest, most celebrated, and most powerful pharaoh.

20 Nov 2009


The metallic bookmark with a tulip from the Netherlands.

The tulip has come to be a loved symbol of the Netherlands. Many tourists visit the country just to see the bright coloured flower and the astonishing view over the bulb fields.

Tulip mania or tulipomania was a period in the Dutch Golden Age during which contract prices for bulbs of the recently introduced tulip reached extraordinarily high levels and then suddenly collapsed. At the peak of tulip mania in February 1637, some varieties could cost more than an Amsterdam house at that time.

18 Nov 2009

Elk of Norway

The magnetic bookmark with elk from Norway.

Elk is the largest existing deer of Europe and Asia resembling but not so large as the moose of North America. The elk is the largest type of deer, sometimes two metres (6.5 feet) high at the shoulder and with big, flattened antlers.

There is a famous traffic sign, unique to Norway, picturing an elk framed by a red triangle to warn people of the danger. This traffic sign is so popular among tourists as well as Norwegians that it is actually possible to buy copies of it...

17 Nov 2009


The bookmark from Romania.

Iaşi is a city in the north-eastern region of Moldavia in Romania. Because of its impressive buildings, Iaşi ranks as the second cultural town of Romania. Called “The city on seven hills” and "The city of great loves", Iaşi represents a symbol of Romanian history.

16 Nov 2009


The bookmark from Japan with the picture of Kinkaku-ji.

Kinkaku-ji (Temple of the Golden Pavilion) is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. The Golden Pavilion, or Kinkaku, is a three-story building on the grounds of the Rokuon-ji temple complex. The top two stories of the pavilion are covered with pure gold leaf. The pavilion functions as a shariden, housing relics of the Buddha (Buddha's Ashes). The Golden Pavilion is set in a magnificent Japanese strolling garden. The pond in front of it is called Mirror Pond. There are many islands and stones on the pond that represent the Buddhist creation story.

11 Nov 2009

American Flag

The bookmark from the USA with the American flag.

The flag of the USA consists of 13 equal horizontal stripes of red alternating with white, with a blue rectangle in the canton bearing 50 small, white, five-pointed stars. The 50 stars on the flag represent the 50 U.S. states and the 13 stripes represent the original 13 colonies that rebelled against the British monarchy and became the first states in the Union. Nicknames for the flag include the Stars and Stripes, Old Glory, and The Star-Spangled Banner.

10 Nov 2009

Barcelos Cockerel

It's good to have my sister living in Portugal, because I receive Portugese bookmarks:) This one is with the Barcelos cockerel.

The legend of the Barcelos cockerel
A 13th century legend tells the story of a pilgrim who on his way to Santiago de Compostela stopped in the small town of Barcelos, in Portugal. Here he was wrongly accused of theft, for which the penalty was death by hanging. The pilgrim only had his faith to call upon and he appealed to Our Lady and St James, the patron Saint for Protection, that justice be done. The pilgrim found the Judge that was to decide his faith just as the Judge was about to start eating a roast cockerel for this dinner and the pilgrim pleaded, “ If I am innocent, may that cockerel get up and crow!” The cockerel rose up immediately and crowed loudly. From that moment on the cockerel has become a symbol of faith, justice and good luck. It is also a symbol of Portugal and brightly coloured ceramic cockerels can be found all over the country.

6 Nov 2009

Let Love Bloom

The interlocking magnetic bookmark from the USA. Function inspired by beauty.

5 Nov 2009

Girl with a Pearl Earring

This super-duper magnetic bookmark is from the Netherlands.

The painting Girl with a Pearl Earring (Dutch: Het Meisje met de Parel) is one of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer's masterworks. The painting is in The Mauritshuis in The Hague. It is sometimes referred to as "the Mona Lisa of the North" or "the Dutch Mona Lisa".

Tracy Chevalier wrote a historical novel, also entitled Girl with a Pearl Earring (1999), fictionalizing the circumstances of the painting's creation. In the novel, Johannes Vermeer becomes close with a servant named Griet, whom he hires as an assistant and has sit for him as a painting model while wearing one of his wife's pearl earrings.
The novel inspired a 2003 film and 2008 play of the same name.


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