This autograph book was part of an auction lot I bought. It belonged to a young girl from Zeeland, Michigan named "Bertie". Her friends signed her book in 1886 and 1887.
I think about Bertie sometimes and hope that life was kind to her.
I am always struck by the beautiful Spencerian penmanship school children practiced back then... as well as the sweet little sayings from a bygone era
Bertie's brother, Arthur, had an autograph book too...this is his.
The girls who signed Arthur's book placed colorful stickers on their pages...each more elaborate than the next. (I'm guessing Arthur was considered a good catch!)
And this is my old autograph book from 5th grade...in 1958. It's not nearly as colorful as Bertie's but it's very special to me. I'm so glad I saved it.
Apparently I was an Elvis Presley fan at that time...and not a very neat one at that.
I loved re-reading this page...first I listed my best friends and then I circled a notation that the list "has changed". Now that I work in a grade 3-5 school, I realize that 5th grade girls haven't changed all that much since 1958...best friends still change daily, usually as a result of lots of drama at lunch or on the playground...which is forgotten the next day.
My sister, Nancy, would have been six in 1958 and it seems she got ahold of her big sister's autograph book more than once...she "signed" it throughout. I'm sure I must not have been happy to find her scribbles in my book at the time...but I treasure them now.
Middle sister, Andrea, signed too. She wrote about our dog, Tippy, and wondered if I still liked her. (Yes, Andi...I still do!)
And I treasure this entry from my Dad, who passed away in 2005.
I also remember that "autograph dogs" were a big hit for birthday gifts in our small Connecticut town in the late 50's. Do you remember those?
(photo from Oriental Trading Company catalogue)
I keep my old autograph books on a table in the living room to enjoy again and again. It seems that the older I get, the more precious childhood memories become.
I saved my old Diary from 5th grade too and that is a hoot! Someday, when I'm feeling really brave, I'll have to share excerpts from that on the blog. (Wait 'til you hear where I thought babies came from!)
Do you collect vintage autograph books or do you still have an old one of your own? Do you remember autograph dogs? What is it about old letters, postcards, autographs and
diaries that draws us to them? For me it is peeking into the life of someone who has lived in another time...a link to the past. What about you?
This post is linked to some amazing blog parties...here they are:
Show & Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground
Time Travel Thursday at Brambleberry Cottage
Vintage Thingy Thursday at The Colorado Lady