Thursday, March 24, 2011

Treasure Chest Thursday: My grandmother’s autograph book

 
I am lucky enough to have access to a real family history treasure chest.
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.

Autograph-book-cover

There aren’t many signatures inside and all have dates in July 1927, so I think the novelty of the book must have worn off fairly quickly for her.

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.

Autograph-book-girl 
Autograph-book-twins

Have a closer look at the signatures:

Autograph-signature-1      Autograph-signature-2

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:

Autograph-grow-fat

2 comments:

  1. Shelley, Thanks so much for sharing. I have one also from the 1880's and each page is crumbling. I have scanned each page, but would love for it to be preserved. Looking for ideas?

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  2. Shelley, Thanks so much for sharing. I have one also from the 1880's and each page is crumbling. I have scanned each page, but would love for it to be preserved. Looking for ideas?

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