I write not here for beauty, I write not here for fame
I write to be remembered, so here I write my name.
The Autograph Book
Is there anything more precious than friendship?
In the past friendship was highly regarded and typically autograph books or friendship albums were started by school girls as keepsakes. In the Victorian era they were kept by young middle class woman. These books housed poetry, prose, pressed flowers as well as signature souvenirs from close friends. The tradition was passed down from generation to generation and has evolved, yet today they still captivate our imaginations.
"Yours till the ocean peeks to see the salad dressing"
These treasure filled albums held meaningful memories of favourable friendships, places we lived, people who may of influenced us and a few who we don’t even remember now. Signatures and verses added a magical touch of whimsy. Friends, both old and new were encouraged to pen the perfect words to express their feelings. Most would just sign their name, while others copied their favourite verse. Friendship albums or autograph books are a rare find today. Antique autograph books are found at estate sales. Some of them fetching hundreds of dollars.
"Like many, trust few...Always paddle your own canoe"
While we modern men and woman may not pen our lives for future generations in a friendship album, many of us record and write about love, losses, travels and our life's journey through journal entries, photo stories in scrapbooks and of course creating a blog. With just a simple click of a mouse we can open the door to our very own virtual keepsake album. We can continue the tradition by leaving a signature piece of our own.
My Autograph Books 1962 - 1968
When I was about 8 years old, I received my first autograph book. I think it was one of my favourite gifts. However, I’m pretty sure people got tired of me asking, “Won’t you sign my autograph book, please .” I still have my two childhood autograph books. They are filled with verses and signatures from school classmates, friends, teachers and relatives . When I read through the entries from long ago, it evokes sweet long forgotten memories. So to answer the question. “Is there anything more precious than friendship?” I believe my answer would have to be, absolutely not.
It tickles me...It makes me laugh...To think you want my autograph"
So why not try writing your own verse or call one up from memory.
Come on…Would love for you to leave one on my comments...
So, for old times sake,
Will you sign my autograph book, please?