Ephemera is a broad term used to describe items of paper that were created for use in a short time span and meant to be thrown away after one or two uses. Items generally put into the ephemera category of collecting would be sheet music, posters, stock certificates, post cards, cigarette cards, magazines, catalogs, and the like.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Annie's 1800s School Autograph Book

Madeline's parents traveled quite a lot with her father's business and she was basically raised by a woman named Annie who may or may not be her real grandmother.  (It's the family mystery, and we all have our theories.)  I believe Annie was the one who started Madeline on this path of saving everything and scrapbooking, as there are a few very old scrapbooks that Annie made with old cards and store trading cards.  This is Annie's school autograph book from the 1800s.  The penmanship alone is beautiful, not to mention the verses and little drawings from her classmates.  Hope you enjoy these selections:

1 comment:

  1. They are all so beautiful! I wish I had that kind of penmanship. My absolute favorite is the third from the bottom. Superb.