Friday, February 22, 2008

Show and Tell - Autograph Book

Show and Tell

It's Show and Tell Friday at Kelli's on the Icon and check it out! It is so fun to participate.

Today I would like to share my antique autograph book.

I found this awesome vintage autograph book at an estate sale. I couldn't believe that no one from the family wanted it. I just love it! It is covered in teal velvet and is so old and cool looking. It belonged to Willie Mausbach and it was awarded to him from his teacher in 1895! This book is OVER 100 years old! Isn't amazing that it is still around!

Autograph books were quite popular back then.
I love the penmanship. It is art in itself. They took pride in their penmanship in those days; I think it is sad that we don't today.

The sayings are so cute too. The one above says, "Though distant lands divide us and I you can not see, Remember it is Ila who often thinks of thee." Isn't that pretty! They also were quite humerous too. The one above says, "May your coffee and the slander against you be ever the same -- without grounds." That actually is a pretty good sentiment!

I keep it on my jewelry cabinet in our main powder room. I have it displayed with some other antiques.

Have a happy weekend!

Hugs ~ Sharon


Jewelgirl said...

It is so sad that a family
member didn't want this,
but I see it is in good hands.
I have an interest in family
history, so I am always happy
to see an item like this
appreciated and valued!
Have a great day!

TJ said...

Ooh this is lovely! Not only the sentiments, but the cover. What a treasure! Thank you for sharing.

Kelly said...

That book is AWESOME, Sharon! Wow, I can't get over it! The shape is so cool, and I agree - I love how they wrote "back then" and I love the penmanship. Taking pride in something so ordinary and so small just shows the hugest amout of manners and respect. What a neat treasure to find. I love it!

Happy weekend, mama!

cherished*vintage said...

Hi Sharon! What a fabulous treasure. I wish I had handwriting like that! Love how you have it displayed too. Thanks for sharing!

Penless Thoughts said...

How neat!!! I love the shape and that you display it. It is so sad that members of the family see no value in something so special to the one who owned it.

Hootin' Anni said...

Oh Sharon, what a treasure!!!!! I would have bid on that too if I would have been there at the estate sale. [I also love the wallpaper you chose for the room's fitting for antiques.]

Happy weekend. My show n tell is shared, I hope you can drop by sometime!!

Kristen said...

Sharon, that is beautiful! I would have snatched it up as well! How wonderful! I just think it is amazing to hold on to things of the past. Especially when they are handwritten! I love to look back at how differently we write and use our language! I love your book! Thanks for sharing!!

Feathering My Nest said...

I remember when you got it, and we were both amazed at the handwriting. It is sad that nobody from the family wanted it. It is indeed a treasure. I love it and the cover is so cool. I finally posted my hair cut pictures!

Have a great Friday, love Kathi

jennifer said...

What an absolute treasure! If no one else appreciated it, I'm glad that you found it. Have a great weekend! Jennifer

Constance said...

I agree that there was much more class in the style and penmanship of the writing back then! There was eloquence and thought that went into what they wrote. Is that a musical round box next to the autograph book? My friend has something that looks similiar!

Brenda said...

That is nuts that no one wanted that,but it ended up in great hands. I know you love it like it were your family. I like you love the writting. Wow how years change things.

Cheryl said...

I am always on the look out for old papers/books like that. What a wonderful treasure you found! I love it!

Barbara H. said...

It is sad that it didn't stay in the family, but I am glad it is in the hands of someone who likes it and cares for it. I love the sentiments and the penmanship -- I wish i could get mine to look like that!

Linda said...

Hi Sharon, what a beautiful autograph book,it is a treasure. It's sad people part with keepsakes. I'm glad you found it and it has a special place. Linda

ps.I saw your wonderful heart moon and never dreamed I ever see another one. I think mine a was a true gift too. L.

kbbryant said...

The autograph book is a treasure. I love that it is dated and the handwriting is absolutely beautiful. The glimpse into the culture of those times is priceless. It's kinda like blogging, in those days.

Kathy b

Also enjoyed reading the precious post following re: you and your son Hayden.

BittersweetPunkin said...

Sharon...that wonderful...I love it!

Shelley said...

Hello Dear Sharon,what a beautiful cherished piece.Thanks so much for sharing it.

To comment on your post from yesterday. You and your husband are very wise and Godly parents. Your sons are so blessed to have you both. Yes ,it is so hard being a Mom at times. I have three grown children and a 15 yr. old son still at home. It is so hard when your kids are out of your home and have children of their own and you you see them much such bad choices and many mistakes. All we can do is pray and take God at his word.~Train them up in the way they should go and when they are old they shall not depart. God said it and I believe it.


Jean said...

I always feel sad when family doesn't want things like your book. It is so interesting and like you, I enjoy the fancy writing.

nannykim said...

The saying is quite hilarious--It would be fun to collect sayings that involve the word coffee--I would love to do that (maybe there is a book written on that!)--hmmm, wondering if you ever got your bedroom together--I may have missed it!!

Heather said...

That is just gorgeous! At least it has found a good home where it is treasured and appreciated. ;o) This reminds me, I think my mom has an autograph book from about the same era that belonged to one of her uncles. I'll have to ask her about it...

Your blog is just beautiful, by the way. Enjoyed my visit very much!

Velvia said...

Hi Sharon!
What a beautiful treasure! You have such a keen eye for beautiful vintage things. Have a great weekend!
Love, Velvia

jennifer said...

Sharon please come by my site re: an URGENT prayer request!! Jen

Martie said...

What a wonderful book. The penmanship is an absolute work of art. Thanks for sharing. The book fits in perfect on your cabinet.


Kelly said...

I cannot imagine parting with such an item!

Have a great weekend!

SweetAnnee said...

What a treasure..and it has a good home now.
It's so lovey on the outside and I do love
the penmanship!!
speaks of gentler times..
love ya

Connie Marie said...

Well that is sad that the family didn't want it. Maybe there wasn't any family left? Maybe they all got some sort of disease and died altogether... maybe this person up and left his family and started living in a new land and nobody knows where he went off to... everyone is wondering, whatever happened to what's his name...

Thanks for sharing your antique book.

Lori Stilger said...

Hi, Sharon! GREAT Show & Tell; I know when I go, there will be lots of things that my family members don't want. That's OK; all I ask is that I continue to get rid of the stuff that DOESN'T bring me joy. LOL!
Thanks for coming to visit my Show & Tell! :) Have a BLESSED day!

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