I will share its contents with you as I rediscover what's inside.
It’s been a while since my last “treasure chest” post, but I still have more items coming. This time, the item wasn’t literally in the chest pictured, but is a treasured item – my grandmother’s autograph book.
Most interesting for me are two pictures, which appear to have been drawn on lined writing paper, cut out and stuck in the book. I don’t know if they were traced, copied, or are original pictures. At any rate, they are rather sweet.
Have a closer look at the signatures:
I think the one on the left looks like a stylised AS and the one on the right is DS. I suspect that one picture was contributed by her father, Arthur Stannus, and the other by her sister. Although her father was always described as a painter or builder in the documents I’ve found (so far), the family story about him is that he was more like an interior designer and would paint elaborate murals in the ‘grand houses’. Further, the story goes, he painted my grandmother’s room in such elaborate style.
Finally, a few words from my great-grandmother May Black: