Sunday, April 29, 2012

And one from the men......

Who knew men had autograph books?  Here's the book from my paternal grandfather, Sigmund Levy. 

What's interesting about this book is that is appears that it went into adulthood.  Look at this......

Robert was Sig's oldest son and my dad's older brother.  Robert was born November 3, 1920 so this entry would have been right after his ninth birthday.  Doesn't it seem odd to have your son sign your autograph book? 

And there was this entry by Sig's brother, Leon.  Leon was #2 of the boys, Sig was #3.

This is a really cool autograph......

Best Wishes
From your loving father
Herman Levy

Yep, that's Sig's father, Herman Levy, and my great grandfather!  He's definitely been a brick wall for me - why couldn't he have signed it "Herman Levy, son of XYZ Levy"? 

And here's Sig's mother, Goldie Benas Levy.

Dear Sigmund
What are the best days in memory?
Those in which we meet a companion
who was truly such.
Your Mother
Fresno, June 24, 1901

So now I have the signatures of four of my great grandparents plus one of my great great grandparents - how cool is that?


  1. To answer your question, that is really cool!

    I've really enjoyed these blog posts about the autograph books you have in your collection. What a special thing to have. I remember having an autograph book in the 1970's, but I don't know what happened to it. In the short term, I don't think people think it's anything special, but after several decades, they become so valuable as family mementoes.

    Any more to be shared?

  2. Gosh, you are so fortunate to have this treasure. We all had autograph books in the 1960's, but it never occurred to me to ask my parents to sign it, or they didn't have any amusing rhyme to put in line "YYUR YYUB ICUR YY4 ME" like more interesting peeps did. Mine is full of schoolmates and minor pantomime actors :-) (YY = two Y's)

  3. What a treasure!!! I wish that I had one of these. A distant relative has a autograph book from the late 1800's but I lost touch with him before I could get pictures of it. :( I hope I find him again.

  4. Very cool! What's interesting about autograph books is how similar today's entries are to those of decades ago! I have my uncle's and my mother's grade school autograph books. Many of the silly doggerels included were very like the ones in my 8th grade autograph book! Among these goofy ones are some that actually carry some thoughtful advice or congrats.

  5. Wow! This is so very cool! What an awesome treasure to have! Being able to see an ancestors' own handwriting and signatures is a special treat!