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Bookstore Bookmarks

Brick and Mortar Bookstore Bookmarks

Being an old bookseller I am particularly fond of bookstore bookmarks!

These brick and mortar bookstore bookmarks range from the 1940's through present day. Most of them are single-sided; in the case they were double-sided I have scanned both sides and displayed the back immediately following the front (or randomly, if it was not clear which side was front/back).

This is a work in progress! Many more to come.

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Last update: 9-Feb-2022


A Good Read Bookstore, San Antonio, Texas. Formerly a brick and mortar store, they have transitioned to an internet based shop. I found them on Abe Books here:

Alexander Book Co., 50 Second Street, San Francisco, CA, 94105 Tel: 415-495-2992. This shop is still open and thriving, and has been around for quite some time.

Annie's Books, Indian Harbour Beach, Fl. I think this one is gone.

Avol's Bookstore, Madison, WI. Established in 1980 by Richard & Carol Avol, this store has stood the test of time. You can shop in person at their new location at 1029 Spaight St. D-3, Madison, WI, U.S.A. 53703 or online at their AbeBooks storefront

Bart's Books,. Everything, under the sun. Opened in 1964 and still going strong. Bart's is a unique shop, open 7 days a week, has an outdoor bookstore and honor system, check it out! Worth a trip to Ojai to visits Bart's alone.

The Bodhi Tree Bookstore was open from 1970 to 2011. In the late 70's through the early 80's I spent many serene hours there visiting with people, shopping or just hanging out and reading!


Wikipedia has a nice history of it here .

Toad Hall Bookstore, was active from 1972-2017. This much-loved and now missed bookshop was located at 47 Main St, Rockport, MA. Nice news story about it here:

The Book Rack. Multiple locations, some still active. These are from Decatur, GA (open) and Lubbock, TX (closed).

Ten Directions Books was located at 228c Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos, NM. I can't find any reference to it now, but there is another used bookstore called Brodsky Bookshop located two doors down at 226 Paseo del Pueblo Norte.

Strand Book Store opened in 1927 and is still going strong. Three locations in New York, online here:

Stacey's Booksellers from California were a local staple from 1947-2009.

Women in Print Books was from Vancouver, Canada. I have been unable to locate a reference to them.

Waldenbooks, operated by the Walden Book Company, Inc., was an American shopping mall-based bookstore chain and a subsidiary of Borders Group. They were active from 1933-2011.

Waterstones began in 1982 and is still thriving with multiple locations and a strong web presence.


Villagra Book Shop was active from at least 1963 until 1975. Bruce Krasnow and Roslyn Eisenberg owned and operated the bookstore on Sena Plaza, which became an integral extension of Santa Fe's literati.

The Aspen Tree was located at 2340 Sudderth Drive, Ruioso, NM. I can't find any info on them under that name, but the same location is now called Books, Etc. with both a brick and mortar store and online ordering at

The Constellation new Age and metaphysical Books was located in the old European Crossroads bldg at 2829 W. Northwest Hwy,Dallas, TX.

Soundpeace is a small brick and mortar shop founded in 1986 and still operating today. Thye have a website but not online ordering at this time

Spectator Books is still open as a brick and mortar store  located at 4163 Piedmont Ave, Oakland, CA. They have a web presence and offer phone or email ordering.

Shakespeare & Co. was a used bookstore that was active from 1964-2015. The owner, Jon Wobber, sold most of the books to Powell's Books in Portland, but kept many of the rare books for the new bookstore he plans to open in his hometown of Cotati in Sonoma. The store had no direct to the famous Paris store of the same name. Wobber said he believes the Berkeley store was named in homage to the original Shakespeare & Company, founded by Sylvia Beach in Paris in 1919. Several other stores across the world have also adopted the name.

Pickwick Bookshops had multiple locations in southern California. The Hollywood Blvd. location was active from 1931-1995.

Since 1987, Phoenix Rising has grown to become one of the largest, full service metaphysical bookstores and shops in the Pacific Northwest.

Recycle Books and Records was located at 230 Hamilton Ave. in Palo Alto, CA. Gone, but not forgotten.

Phileas Fogg's Books and Maps for the Traveler, was located at 540 University Ave., Palo Alto, CA. So far I have only found one reference to them from a 1984 directory on which said: Named for the indefatigable adventurer in Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days, this shop carried guides, maps, atlases, regional literature, language aids, and children's travel books.

The Mermaid Tavern Bookstore was located at 429 Shoreline Village Dr., Long Beach, CA. I spent many Saturday mornings there in the early 1980's. I don't know how long they were active. I found an old bookstore guide  reference to them dated 1998, but nothing else yet. If anyone can share more information on their history, I'd love to hear from you!

New Renaissance Bookshop is still thriving with both thier brick and mortar store located at

1338 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR, and

online ordering on their website.

Moby Dickens Bookshop at 124 A Bent St in Taos, NM was active for three decades until they closed in 2015. I found a news article saying they would be reopening soon, but have found no further information.

Maria's Bookshop is still going strong with both a brick and mortar store located at 960 Main Avenue in Durango, CO and online here:

Megabooks, Book Dealers, Used & Rare was located at 444 University Ave, Palo Alto, CA. Now the structure is occupied by Chantal Guillon Handcrafted French macarons.

The Odyssey was located downtown Lubbock for many years then moved to the suburbs where they were active for only a few years before they closed. The Odyssey carried new books, crystals, jewelry and many other metaphysical items. For a while some of my gemstone jewelry was for sale on consignment there, we were all sad when they closed.

Hester Books was located at 3504 34th St, Lubbock, TX, was open for decades and closed in 2016.

Clearly there must have been a service that many bookstores utilized to get bookmarks made (those who didn't have resident artists or computers to copy/paste/print something they came up with) By this selection, it looks they had a choice of various elements like images and font styles . If anyone knows the story about these template-based bookmarks please let me know!

Closed in 2010, Davis-Kidd Booksellers served the Nashville and Memphis communities for over 30 years.

Gables Booksellers were located at  222 Andalusia Ave in Coral Gables, FL. The building is now occupied by Sykes printing.

Doubleday Book Shops Inc. was founded in New York City in 1910 according to a NY Times article I found from 1990.

The Chinook Bookshop at 210 N. Tejon St. in Colorado Springs, CO was open from 1959-2004.

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Founded in 1953 by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter D. Martin, City Lights is one of the few great independent bookstores left in the United States. It's a place where book-lovers from around the world come to browse, read, or just soak in the ambiance of alternative culture’s only “Literary Landmark.” 261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA

The Ojai Table of Contents  Books & Gifts was once located at 221 E Matilija St Ste C Ojai, CA. The bldg now appears to be occupied by DMZ Publishing.

Book Soup was founded by Glenn Goldman and has been serving readers, writers, artists, rock 'n' rollers, and celebrities since 1975.  It is located on the world-famous Sunset Strip at 8818 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA.

Changing Times Books & Gifts was located at 871 Village Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL and is now permanently closed.

Dunn & Dunn Booksellers was located at 1300 Third Street South in Naples, FL. and is now permanently closed.

The Book Alley was located at 3424 34th St, Lubbock, TX. When I first moved to Lubbock in 2008 the Book Alley was in the process of closing, I bought thousands of their books to stock my store Used2BNew Books. I still have many in my personal collection.

The Book Nook was owned and operated by Grace Cowden for many years.

Book Gallery was owned by mark McBrayer and was located at 4210 82nd St, Lubbock, TX.

The Captain's Bookshelf closed their brick and mortar store in Asheville NC   after 45 years of service, but continue their book business online.

Capitol Hill Books has been active for 40 years as a secondhand bookstore selling & trading thousands of used and rare editions. Located at 300 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO., you can also visit them online at:

Book Swap was located at 6618 Grapevine Hwy in Ft. Worth, TX.

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