To Whom It May Concern

A couple of months ago I received an email from a lady who had read a posting on my blog and asking about what an object was called she had seen in one of my photos and where could she buy one. I wasn’t in Paris when I received her email and didn’t have access to any information that she needed. Alas, I can’t find her email and was hoping to send her the information so hopefully she will see this posting and have her questions answered. I remembered all of this today while strolling along some streets in the Left Bank, specifically rue Bonaparte. There are several stores here selling books and what she was looking for, book marks. The are just called Page Marks in French although I was told they also just call them Book Marks and also signet. At least this was what they told me in the shop.


A couple, ahem, marking a page.


They aren’t cheap but aren’t they cute? I might buy one if I wasn’t sure I’d immediately lose it.


Some more traditional looking bookmarks.

I saw the best selection in a shop called Librairie Pinault at 36 rue Bonaparte. They have an email address: abbaye-pinault@wanadoo.fr. Phone: 01 46 33 04 24.

12 thoughts to “To Whom It May Concern”

  1. I will defintely find this place. What a lovely souvenir. I am also looking for the Victorian hand door knockers. Will I be able to find in an antique shop in Paris, so would I have better luck in Alsace or the Champagne region? Thanks.

  2. I’m a librarian so I have quite a few book marks. I have some fancy ones but I usually end up using a tissue or an old envelope. Special book marks would make a good collection, don’t you think?

  3. I know that shop and remember seeing it on my very first visit to Paris in 1998 (I was staying at a lovely hotel on the same street) and being delighted by all the little hands holding open the pages of the antique books in the window. One day I think I will need to pop in there and just buy one.

  4. These are gorgeous. They would make lovely gifts for friends -and of course a pair for myself! I’m saving the name of the store for a future visit.

  5. Thank you! I am the one who e-mailed you with questions on how to find them. Good lead, I appreciate it. What fun!

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