New York, N.Y. American Association for the United Nations, 1950. Presumed first issueance thus. Bookmark. Format is 5.75 inches by 2 inches. Slight darkening to bookmark. Some wear noted. The front of the bookmark has a prominant illustration of the UN building and text that includes "Let US Salute the United Nations", the date of United Nations week [Oct. 16-24] and United Nations Day [October 24], with statement the "Today's best hope for peace UN plus you" The 'you' is emblazoned on a circle partially overlayed on the image of the United Nations building. There is the statement "Souvenir Bookmark of United Nations Week, United Nations Day, 1950" at the bottom. A statement from President Harry S. Truman appears on the back of the bookmark; it reads: The Strength of the United Nations depends upon the support it receives from the people throughout the world. Also included is an invitation to learn more from the American Association for the United Nations. Bears the logo of the Allied Printing Trades Council New York Union Label and the number 181 at the lower left corner. In 1947, the United Nations General Assembly declared 24 October, the anniversary of the Charter of the United Nations, as which "shall be devoted to making known to the people of the world the aims and achievements of the United Nations and to gaining their support for" its work. A bookmark is a thin marker, commonly made of card, leather, or fabric, used to keep a reader's place in a book and to enable them to easily return to it. According to new results of the research done on the history of bookmarks, there are indications that bookmarks have accompanied codices since their first emergence in the 1st century AD. The earliest existing bookmark dates from the 6th century AD and it is made of ornamented leather lined with vellum on the back and was attached with a leather strap to the cover of a Coptic codex. Bookmarks were used throughout the medieval period, consisting usually of a small parchment strip attached to the edge of folio (or a piece of cord attached to headband).
The first detached, and therefore collectible, bookmarkers began to appear in the 1850s. One of the first references to these is found in Mary Russell Mitford's Recollections of a Literary Life (1852. Historical bookmarks can be very valuable, and are sometimes collected along with other paper ephemera. By the 1860s, attractive machine-woven markers were being manufactured. One of the earliest was produced by J.&J. Cash to mark the death of Albert, Prince Consort, in 1861. Thomas Stevens of Coventry soon became preeminent in the field and claimed to have nine hundred different designs. Woven silk bookmarks were very appreciated gifts in the Victorian Era and Stevens seemed to make one for every occasion and celebration.
By the 1880s the production of woven silk markers was declining, and printed markers made of stiff paper or cardboard began to appear in significant numbers. This development paralleled the wider availability of books themselves, and the range of available bookmarkers soon expanded dramatically. Modern bookmarks are available in a huge variety of materials in a multitude of designs and styles. Many are made of cardboard or heavy paper, but they are also constructed of paper, ribbon, fabric, felt, steel, wire, tin, beads, wood, plastic, vinyl, silver, gold, and other precious metals, some decorated with gemstones. Condition: Good.
Keywords: Bookmark, United Nations Week, United Nations Day, Souvenir, Advertisement, Harry Truman, Peace