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Autograph Books and Funny Quotes of Friends and Family from the 1950s and 1960s

Updated on August 22, 2017
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I have many fond memories of growing up as a child in the 1950s in Wisconsin. The 1960s saw many changes including a family move to Texas.

My vinyl autograph book from the 1950s
My vinyl autograph book from the 1950s | Source

Aah...memories!

Something that I have kept all these many years...and I mean many... is an old pink vinyl autograph book in which my parents, my two younger brothers, other relatives and friends signed their names and occasionally a little poem or saying.

I am no longer sure who gave it to me as a gift, but I am assuming that it was my paternal grandmother since that is the very first date (December 20, 1958) inscribed into the book along with her little poem. It might have been a slightly early Christmas gift because normally that set of grandparents headed south for the winter months.

Looking at this collection of signatures and sayings brings a smile to my face this many years later. The pages inside of this little six by four and a half inch book are multi-colored, with solid pink, white, yellow, green and blue pages upon which people could choose to write. In the back were a few stiff black pages upon which photos could have been added, but none were put onto those pages.

I'll share some of what was written back during those days of the 1950s and 1960s when the people I knew at that time were putting their pens to paper inside of my little autograph book. To protect the innocent, I'll not share all of the names. Ha-ha!


My paternal grandmother holding me as a child
My paternal grandmother holding me as a child | Source

Starting with my grandmother, her little "Roses are red..." poem was popular back then and while I have not heard it expressed much today, I cannot help but think that it is rather timeless. The reference to my being "a nice little homemaker!" undoubtedly referred to my helping my mother.

Being the eldest child, as soon as I was able, I helped with chores around the house.

This included hanging wash out on the lines to dry (when I was tall enough to reach the clothes lines), assisting with doing the dishes, and quite early on, assisting with some of the cooking. I loved being able to help my mother and while these may have been onerous chores for some people...she always made the projects fun and exciting. She would tell stories that interested me as well as teaching me songs that we could sing and even do some harmonizing together.

Autographed page from my grandmother
Autographed page from my grandmother | Source
Photo of me as an elementary school child.
Photo of me as an elementary school child. | Source

Below is the sweet entry from my mother.

Autograph entry from my mother
Autograph entry from my mother | Source

1950s Photo

My mother & me in Wisconsin dressed for attending church.
My mother & me in Wisconsin dressed for attending church. | Source

Childhood Memories

The second entry was from my good girlfriend from my Wisconsin childhood days. We lived in the country with a lot of land surrounding us as well as wooded areas.

Gloria was a year ahead of me in age and we attended different schools. She was in public school and my brothers and I attended parochial school.

But we had each other outside of school activities and were fast friends. We had art as a common interest and were always drawing and playing with different art mediums in addition to our walking, bicycling and climbing trees. We occasionally got to spend the night at each others house and that was always a treat.

She would have been 12 years old when she inscribed this into my autograph book.

Hey, Gloria...if you ever come across reading this, what I want to know is this...was this merely an autograph or curse? I am now old and out of shape, but one thing you got wrong...girdles are no longer $2.98! Ha!

My neighboring girlfriend's entry in my autograph book
My neighboring girlfriend's entry in my autograph book | Source

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School Pals

Some of the other entries in the late 1950s from some of my elementary pals at St. Joan of Arc parochial school were the following:

Dear Peggy,

When your days of life are over, And the path of life you trod

May your name in Gold be written in the autograph of God.

Your classmate, Sharon G-----

First Holy Communion Photo.
First Holy Communion Photo. | Source

Dear Peggy,

"I hope you sit on the tack of success" and rise quickly!

Your friend always, Candy C-------

~~~~~~

Roses are red violets are blue,

Rain on the roof reminds me of you.

Drip, Drip, Drip.

Joe S-----

And to think that I really liked that guy! Ha!

Pencil

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My grandparents who moved with us from Wisconsin to McAllen.  Here they are in Wisconsin.  I took this photo with my first Brownie camera.
My grandparents who moved with us from Wisconsin to McAllen. Here they are in Wisconsin. I took this photo with my first Brownie camera. | Source

McAllen, Texas

This autograph book of mine was moved along with other belongings from Wisconsin to McAllen, Texas in 1960. My maternal grandparents made the move with my family as they wanted to retire down in McAllen, after having spent numerous winters down there enjoying the nice weather and making friends.

Our homes were only one block away from one another which was nice.

There were alleys behind each of our homes where the garbage cans would be stored and picked up on the garbage pick up days. Since most of the fences were chain link back in those days, when people were in their back yards, neighborly chats could take place.

One friendly neighbor across our alley wrote the following in the text box below. Obviously she knew that I had my sights set on becoming a nurse, which was always my goal (after a short time in the 3rd and 4th grades of thinking that I would like to become a nun).

To Peggy, who I hope will have all the best. Be a good nurse and by the time I'm old & gray, you can take care of me - Hurry now - I'm not far from it.

Opal H-----

('64)

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My dear grandmother died in 1963, the same year that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

As numbing as the latter experience was for me as a teenager in my sophomore year of high school, and as shocking as that was for the entire country, the death of my grandmother totally devastated me. She had always been like a second mother to me and I loved her dearly.

Our whole family felt bereft and my grandfather suddenly felt rudderless. After some consideration, a home was built where my grandpa could live with our family which worked well for a time.

My grandpa, me & my dad
My grandpa, me & my dad | Source

Finally, as many of my grandparent's friends who had also moved from various parts of the country to McAllen began to resettle in an area of smaller homes with many amenities set up just for seniors...my grandpa decided to join them and relocated there.

As long as he was alive, he continued to take his prize rose cuttings and kept fresh flowers in my grandmother's urn in the mausoleum.

My grandpa loved his roses!
My grandpa loved his roses! | Source
My grandfather's entry into my autograph book
My grandfather's entry into my autograph book | Source

High School Friends

Those were some fun days!

A large group of us girls would alternate having overnight slumber parties in our parent's homes. Slumber? Little sleeping took place that is for sure! We talked, practiced dancing, listened to music, ate snacks...when I think of it today, our parents must have been saints! Surely they also got little sleep on those overnight parties.

We also went to Padre Island together for fun on the beach; attended our high school football games; competed with one another to see who would get the best grades, and generally had a great time talking about our dreams for the future.

Here are some of those entries:

Good, better, best, never let it rest until your good is better and your better is the best. Best wishes to a real sweet kid, Ella

My good friend Ella who in later years became my maid of honor in our wedding.
My good friend Ella who in later years became my maid of honor in our wedding. | Source

Dear Peggy,

At this time of morn, I don't know exactly what I am doing. HA HA You are a real nut, have a wonderful sense of humor, and you are an all-around nut. I hope our friendship will continue throughout the years.

Love, Brenda (1964)

Source

Dear Peggy,

Sitting on a tombstone, A ghost came out and said: "Sorry to disturb you, But your sitting on my head!"

Love always, Susan

Dec. 30, 1963

Best of luck in everything you do.

My Brothers and Me in the Late 1960s
My Brothers and Me in the Late 1960s | Source

Autographs

There were several entries from my brothers at different ages...some funny and some sweet. Some people just signed their names...some with dates and others, undated.

Of course the school albums that were sold each year with the pictures of all of our teachers and class members were what most kids of junior high and high school ages were signing and in which they were leaving comments. They became the "autograph book" of choice.

I will leave you with my father's handwritten entry as the last of several samples of what people wrote in my little pink autograph book.

My dad's entry into my autograph book
My dad's entry into my autograph book | Source

Memory Lane

People are still purchasing autograph books, so they have not totally gone out of fashion.

If you are a parent or grandparent with small children, think of giving them this inexpensive fun gift and fill in the first few pages for them. Then encourage them to collect other signatures and sayings from their family and friends.

In later years, this gift might bring unexpected smiles and memories to their faces as it does mine, even if they escape getting "old and out of shape" as my childhood girlfriend penned. This was quite a trip down memory lane for me! I am still smiling.

Did you have an autograph book when you were a child?

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi SweetiePie,

      I agree that the yearbooks for high school were expensive even back in my day. I do have mine and admit to looking through them very seldom these days. Autograph books in comparison are a really good deal! That is a good idea you had of including photos of one's special friends. Autographs or little sayings could be written on the back and put into those sleeved photo albums where one could flip the page and read what is on the back of each photo. Custom made...so to speak!

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      SweetiePie 2 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I love the retro autograph books. I think these are more affordable than yearbooks of today, which were way too expensive even back when I was in high school. I would say with digital cameras kids could take pictures of their friends, and then just have them write meaningful messages in an autograph book. The yearbooks rarely were worth the money.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Patricia,

      I know what you mean about not remembering reading each and every hub of writers we like. If in doubt I usually scan to the bottom to see if I have already left a comment. Sometimes depending upon other comments, it is worth another one. Glad you liked this hub about old timey autograph books and what was written in mine.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Peggy I have read soooo many hubs and other writings that I am not sure if I have read this But regardless, I am glad I found it and enjoyed reading it again.

      It was another walk down memory lane. I still have some of my autograph books with silly and sometimes heartwarming messages written within What a treasure.

      Thank you so much for sharing this ....Angels bringing blessings and hugs are on the way to you this morning ps

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Paul,

      This old autograph book certainly brings back many memories of days in the past. Am sure it would do the same for anyone who might have had one and who kept it through the years. Thanks for the share. Hope you are doing well.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

      Hi Peggy! Thanks for sharing your great memories. I wish now that I would have kept an autograph book as a kid. Voted up and sharing with HP followers.

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Virginia,

      At least this brought back memories of your same autograph book. Too bad yours did not survive. Appreciate your comment. Happy Thanksgiving today!

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      Virginia Allain 2 years ago from Central Florida

      I had that same autograph book, but unfortunately mine didn't survive. What a fun page you've created here.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Dr. Bill,

      Your family autograph books must be fun to read and nice that they have been preserved. I appreciate your comment. :)

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      I have several old family autograph books. What fun! Always great for reviving lost memories. Thanks for sharing! ;-)

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello maliha,

      So glad you liked this. ☺

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      maliha 3 years ago

      niceeeeeeeeeeee

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Paula Snoddy,

      What a treasure to have your mother's autograph book from the 1920's!

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      Paula Snoddy 3 years ago

      I have my mother's autograph book from the 1920's. Some things never change.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Suzanne,

      Your comment gave me a chance to update this hub...so thanks and glad that you liked it enough to share. :)

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      justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

      Very sweet memories! Voted up, awesome, tweeted, pinned and shared! :)

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rajan,

      Autograph books, if kept through the years, can bring back happy memories. It is a nice and inexpensive gift to give children. Some people like to collect famous person's autographs. For me it was just about collecting them from people that I liked and loved. Glad that you liked this idea and thanks for your votes and the share.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      It is indeed a pleasure reading some of your beautiful memories and the lovely messages written by relatives and friends. It is indeed a treasured possession you have.

      Great that the trend of having autograph books has not totally gone out. We need to preserve it. Thanks for sharing this treasure house of memories.

      Voted up, awesome and sharing it.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Stacy,

      It is true that emails are for the most part read and then deleted. Nothing is quite like having something written down in an autograph book or even in letters. Nice to know that they still sell autograph books! It is a tradition worth keeping. They would make a GREAT stocking stuffer! Thanks for your comment.

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      The sad thing is, these precious little treasures seem to be a fadding trend. After all, you can't keep text messages and emails soon get forgotten. I am glad that when I was growing up it was still the time of passing notes back and forth. I have a whole box of them. Those are the memories I carry since I never had something like an autograph book. I might have to get these for my kids as a stocking stuffer so they can look back at these times and smile!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello iefox5,

      Reading old autograph books are especially fun in later years...even more fun, in my opinion, than when first having them filled in as a child. It is a fun glimpse into the past. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Mary,

      With all of the moves, it is a miracle that this little book was kept through the years, but I am so glad that I have it now. Some memories are so precious and this little inexpensive book can still bring smiles to my face. Thanks for your comment and the share.

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      iefox5 5 years ago

      I read many autograph books when I was a child, which is a great lifelong memory.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      My goodness, I haven't thought of autograph books in years. Of all the things I have saved through the years, I never saved any autograph books. I wish I had. I look at the handwriting that was done back then, like your mother's and dad's and wish that handwriting was still taught in our schools. it is a lost art.

      What a treasure you have in this little book!

      Accept my belated congrats on this HOTD, please. I voted this UP and will share the beauty of this Hub.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Riverfish24,

      Just take any photo and with a photo editing program (many of them are free) reduce the image size to what you want by shrinking in the borders. Windows Live Photo Gallery is what I have on our computer. Picasa is another free photo editing program. There are many others. Hope this helps! Thanks for your comment.

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      Riverfish24 5 years ago from United States

      Hello! I wanted to ask - how do you put in those flat line pictures into your hub? Like the picture of the pend and pencil which in a way is like a dividing line between paragraphs, I've not been able to figure that out! Thanks! :)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ruchira,

      So glad that reading this gave you the idea of getting your mom's autograph in your autograph book. Sometimes we overlook the people that are the nearest and dearest to us! Or we think of autograph books as suitable for only our friends. I love having my relative's autographs in mine...especially now that they have all passed on to the next life. Thanks for your comment, votes and the share. :)

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      oh peggy...this hub was such a treasure and it brought back fond memories.

      I also used to have an autograph book and took autograph of any living creature...lol

      such was the fascination.

      gotta dig it out and go back memory lane.

      although i regret not taking an autograph from my dad (who is no more). But, you gave me an idea of taking one from my mom.

      This hub is so beautiful since it brought back those wonderful giggly memories.

      loved it with many votes up.

      sharing it across!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Dubuquedogtrainer,

      Wow! Small world! Many people have never heard of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Nice that you could relate to having had autograph books and that you enjoyed this trip down memory lane. Appreciate your comment. Curious as to why you lived in Oconomowoc for a year. Was it business or family that took you there?

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      Dubuquedogtrainer 5 years ago from Dubuque, Iowa

      Oh yes, I remember those! Fun hub - thanks for the walk down memory lane! Oh - and I lived in Oconomowoc for a year!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello prairieprincess,

      Too bad that you lost your autograph books along the way. Amazing after all of these years that I still had mine tucked away. Glad that it brought back memories for you. Thanks for your comment and the votes.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Peggy, this such a lovely hub and brings back some good memories for me. It so neat that you saved all of these and have now shared them with us. Unfortunately, with all of my moves, these books got lost along the way, and I had actually forgotten about these quaint, sweet books. Voted all of the up's but funny. This definitely deserved "hub of the day." Loved it!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Charlu,

      Oh...too bad that your autograph book got lost along the way. It is amazing that this one of mine was kept all these years. Thanks for your comment and votes. Always nice seeing you here with a comment. :)

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      Charlu 5 years ago from Florida

      Fabulous hub and so many memories. I also had an autograph book that somehow got lost as I grew up. Love the entrees from your grandmother, mom, and dad that will last forever Voted all the ups and thanks

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello FreezeFrame34,

      Thanks for commenting on this old autograph book of mine from the 1950's & 1960's. Nice to hear that it reminded you of reading your mother's autographed school books. I am sure that you learned things about her that would have not been ordinarily known to you in any other way.

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      FreezeFrame34 5 years ago from Charleston SC

      Thanks for sharing! I recognized that autograph books as soon as I saw it! I used to love reading my mom's book from her school days! This brought back memories for me and many others too, I'm sure!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi again DzyMsLizzy,

      I never knew of the autograph Dachshund stuffed toys back then but when my mother-in-law had bypass surgery quite a few years ago she was given a heart shaped pillow that the nurses, doctors and whoever else she asked could sign. Obviously the same type of idea. Thanks for coming back and leaving that explanation.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Lesley,

      I have to agree with you. I love what my mother, father and grandfather wrote in my autograph book as well as some of the other messages. Some were quite funny. Thanks for your comment.

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      Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Hi, Peggy..

      The Dachshund wasn't a book--it was an actual stuffed animal. "Autograph Dogs" they were called.... ;-) Sorry if I failed to make that clear. My brain has been skipping the groove a lot lately. ;-)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cheryl,

      What a sweet thing to say. I value our friendship also! Thanks for your comment and thoughts. Looking forward to a new hub of yours to read someday. You have a lot to offer people!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Peggy, what a wonderful hub, the messages from your mother, father and grandfather where just beautiful, what a special keepsake and precious memories.

      Thank you for sharing and voted up.

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Cheryl J. 5 years ago from Houston, TX

      Awesome. Your little pink autograph book brought a smile to my face. You are a treasure and a very true friend.

      I treasure our friendship and I will help take good care of you and Bruce whenever needed. True friends are hard to find and I appreciate your friendship. I too can say as your parents and friends notated in your little pink autograph book, that I am proud of you and yes "You are Beautiful and I am happy that you are my friend." Another wonderful hub. Great photos and writing about memories that will last forever.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi DzyMsLizzy,

      I don't remember the Dachshund book that you referenced. Sounds as though it was pretty. I have some blank pages in my autograph book also, but kept it for the memories especially those of my family members and best friends. Thanks for your comment and congrats on receiving the hub of the day award. It was a surprise...but pleasant one! :)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello LadyMar,

      It sounds as though your scrapbook dating back to 1958 is a real treasure trove of memories. Thanks for telling us about it by leaving your nice comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi kittythedreamer,

      What a treasure owning an autograph book that belonged to your great great grandmother! That could be the basis of a great hub if you are willing to share. Thanks for your comment.

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      Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Congrats on HOTD!! What a neat trip down memory lane.

      I had an autograph book...but as a card-carrying member of the 'out crowd,' most of its pages remained blank. In later years, I threw it away in disgust, or in a fit of hurt feelings, I don't remember which.

      I also remember the autograph Dachshunds...they were stuffed very firmly, and made from a fine-weave cloth that could be written upon. I never owned one of those, though.

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Charity Squid,

      As you say, the kids today will never know what they are missing. Sometimes things put down on paper that can be touched and reread years later in a person's actual handwriting become priceless. No emails or text messages will ever take their place. Thanks for your comment.

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      LadyMar 5 years ago

      I loved reading this hub, great job!

      I have a scrapbook of the same design "ponytail", only my scrapbook cover is light blue. I still have the scrapbook and it is in great shape, I received it for my 10th birthday in 1958 at a birthday party my parents had for me. Unfortunately, I can't remember which friend or relative attending my party gave me that great present.

      It has birthday cards I received from my Granny, friends and relatives. It has notes from my friends and I exchanged that we exchanged in the school halls in high school. Newspaper clippings of my high school sports games, etc.

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      Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

      I had an autograph book that was my great-great grandmother's from the very early 1900s...and everyone wrote with such beautiful handwriting & they were all so very poetic! I wish people still wrote like that. Awesome hub!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Stephanie,

      Even without your relatives entries, I'll bet that your autograph book is a treasure for you. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello techygran,

      I see you well remember some of the things written in your autograph book. Yes...penpals...I did that also during the Vietnam war. Appreciate your comment. Thanks!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Leah,

      Think of getting autograph books for your children and starting their book of memories. You will probably enjoy it as much as they will...and safeguard the books for them once they "outgrow" them and return them when they are older. I'm so glad that this one of mine was tucked away. Thanks for your comment.

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      Charity Squid 5 years ago

      Absolutely loved this hub. I remember those books. Matter of fact I kept my 8th grade autograph book and am so glad I did. Nothing like pen and paper keepsakes. Today's kids don't know what they are missing.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello pstraubie48,

      With your sharing of your book...just THINK how many autograph books are out there today filled with fond memories. Thanks for your comment and congrats on the hub of the day. Appreciate it.

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on your Hub of the Day! You have a wonderful way of writing about your personal experiences and memories and sharing your interesting stories. I too had an autograph book that was signed by friends from school with many variations of the "Roses are red..." poem. I wish now that I had asked relatives to sign it also, as it would have been a real treasure to have notes from my grandparents and parents. Lovely hub. Voted up across the board!

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      Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on your Hub of the Day! You have a wonderful way of writing about your personal experiences and memories and sharing your interesting stories. I too had an autograph book that was signed by friends from school with many variations of the "Roses are red..." poem. I wish now that I had asked relatives to sign it also, as it would have been a real treasure to have notes from my grandparents and parents. Lovely hub. Voted up across the board!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Huntgoddess,

      Too bad that your autograph book was not kept, but at least you have your good memories of those great and innocent times. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      Cynthia 5 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Wow, this is beautiful Peggy-- I am flooded with memories of those days. I remember many of these verses, and also ones like "2 Ys U R, 2 Ys U B, I C U R 2 Ys 4 Me" (which I thought was a little bit hurtful, lol) and "Georgia has peaches, California has them too, But it took the Dominion of Canada, to grow a Peach like you!" I also had "penpals"... that was something we did in our early adolescences... certainly was a more innocent time than what our teens are exposed to on Facebook, etc. Congrats on winning Hub of the Day! Voted you up!

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      Leah Lefler 5 years ago from Western New York

      Peggy, I love this one - not sure how I missed it when it was first published! I love the idea of collecting signatures and little notes from family members and friends - I would love to have that sort of a memento from my past.

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      Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida

      O, yes....these little books do hold so many memories...when I was still teaching I would show the chidlren my autograph books, they would go home and ask their parents for one of their own. Thank you for sharing this and congratulations on hub of the day.

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      Huntgoddess 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      OMG!! Yes, I do remember those. They were very fun.

      But, I was so stupid, I became "too grown up" for them when I was a teenager. I don't know what I did with them.

      Thanks for the memories, pix, and all. Up, awesome.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi marellen,

      That Roses are red...little ditty seems to be timeless. Sad to hear that you no longer have your autograph book. At least you have your memories! Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi kelleyward,

      I agree that memories are important and looking at this old autograph book brought back some happy ones for me. May you be blessed with many happy memories of your own and thanks for your comment.

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      marellen 5 years ago

      Peggy, Thanks for all those memories. I did have one too and sadly its gone. I'm glad you kept yours though because its priceless. I remember the Roses are red poems too and I agree they will never fade with time.

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Congrats on the hub of the day! Beautiful hub with great pics and signatures! memories are so important!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi again Gail,

      Those autograph entries were really special to me. Thanks for noticing. With our mostly German background, outward expressions of feelings were generally more reserved. That being said, we all knew that we were well loved and supported in every way, so to see it expressed in writing made it all the more special.

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Hi Peggy,

      I returned because I got interupted when I was writing my first comment. I wanted to add that the entries from your father and grandfather were most touching. Many men during that era weren't able to express their feelings through words and it must be truly wonderful to be able to see it in writing!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Alastar,

      Nice to know that you enjoyed these memories of mine spurred on by my old autograph book. It still makes me smile. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Angela Biggs,

      Nice to know that you have 5 autograph books of your own. Taking a look back at some of the things written can evoke feelings that are sweet and also funny if yours are anything like mine. Thanks for your congrats on "Hub of the day" and your comment.

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Congrats on your well deserved Hub of the Day Peggy. Autograph Books was such a delight to see and read. Like how you've got your lovely little hand up as if to say hi. What a gift and what a treasure, thank you for sharing!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Gail,

      I know what you mean. It is amazing that this little autograph book made it through the various times of moving or clearing out...but glad that it did. Nice to know that it triggered your own memories although your books were not saved. Thanks for your comment. That girdle quote is a good one! :)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello EclecticFusion,

      So happy to hear that you liked this. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      Angela Biggs 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      The word Autograph book brought out many sweet memories in my mind. And I had 5 of them. Just read them and it felt great. Some funny taglines and nick names made me laugh into tears. Congrats for being selected as Hub of the day. Great hub :)

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Congratulations on earning the Hub of the Day Accolade.

      Just seeing the first photo and reading the first paragraph brought back a flood of positive memories about these little books. What fun it used to be to write in them or read what others had written for us.

      Sadly, I didn't keep any of mine, but my heart is glad that you still have this little treasure as I know you've lost family photos.

      The girdle quote made me lol and the quotes from your mom and grandmother were so prescious painting a portrait of the cheerful, helpful, beautiful child that you must have been.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Riverfish24,

      I guess some things are universal no matter where our feet are planted on the globe. Nice to know. Thanks for your comment on this hub about my old autograph book.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello geetika iyer,

      Years ago I went through a stage of trying to clear out some things and read and then discarded many old letters. I still have some, but wish now that I had kept more of them. Hope that you find the old ones from your girlfriends at your parent's house. Thanks for your comment.

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Oh, this is priceless! I love that you shared this part of your life with us. Thank you! Voted this awesome, beautiful and way up! You deserve it!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello vespawoolf,

      Thanks for the congrats and happy to know that you liked this hub about my old autograph book. Amazing what HubPage questions can spark as answers! Until this contest, I rarely looked at them. I will do so much more often now. How about you?

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      Riverfish24 5 years ago from United States

      This is a wonderful hub! Congratulations! Just to let you know, similar rhymes and one liners were used when I was a kid in a totally different part of the world and as late as the 90s. So yes, roses are red...and some others are truly timeless and boundaryless! It is wonderful seeing the handwritten notes and the B&W photographs. Thank you so much for sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello ishwaryaa22,

      It is nice to know that autograph books can still be purchased today to give to children. If you, as a parent, aunt, grandparent or other significant person in a child's life make the first entry (as my grandmother did) they will get the idea of who else to approach in addition to friends and have something memorable in later years, assuming the book is kept. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      geetika iyer 5 years ago from India

      Hi Peggy! What a wonderful run throught the childhood days. You have reminded me of the several poems me and some of my girlfriends had written.Actually the idea was to write in the autograph book but we soon started posting it to each other as we never got mail(during those days when people actually waited for mails).It was good to see your name on a letter. Wonderful feeling. I think i will search them up. They might be saved up somewhere in my parents house.

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Peggy W, this is a beautiful family memory hub and I love the photos and memories. Congratulations on Hub of the Day! You're on fire!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Millionaire Tips,

      Appreciate your comment on the autograph book hub. Quite the surprise! My last hub of the day was for a cookie recipe. Go figure. Ha!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello tsmog,

      What a kind thing to say! Hope that you are enjoying reading your yearbooks. That will certainly bring back memories! :)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello shalycriston,

      Appreciate the congrats on receiving "Hub of the day" for this trip down memory lane via my old autograph book. Thanks for your comment.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Wow! Congrats on another hub of the day! This inspiring hub moved me. Nice to hear about your family. Your family & friends penned verses on your autograph book which are short and sweet. I had an autograph book as a child but it was only for school & college classmates and it was not personal or memorable as yours! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Awesome, Beautiful & Interesting. Voted up.

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on getting your well deserved hub of the day! Awesome.

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      Tim Mitchell 5 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Thank you Peggy! I have a late evening plan now. I am breaking out my high school year books and going on a journey. I may only get through one tonight.

      I appreciate your time and effort with a very inspiring hub. My mind is a buzz now. The family connection is awesome. Relating a bit, this hub is overwhelming in sorts, full of emotion, well written, shared nicely and prompts gratitude for me, realizing how many impacted my life. You are an awesome teacher Peggy!

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      Shaly Criston 5 years ago from USA

      Congratulation! your hub chooses for "Hub of the day". :)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Prasetio,

      So happy to hear that you enjoyed this hub about my old autograph book and the entries. It is fun to look back upon those times. Thanks for your comment and hope you are well in your part of the world.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Millionaire Tips,

      I did ask a few of my high school girl friends during those slumber parties to write in mine, but after that my autograph book was put aside and forgotten...but fortunately kept. I think that giving them to younger kids is the way to go. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robin,

      Sometimes it is the simplest of things and ones that do not cost much in the way of money that create much pleasure in later years. Autograph books such as the one I was given; journals; scrapbooks and things like it are great things to start for your kids and ones which I am sure they will appreciate in years to come. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Don,

      I had to laugh to myself about your block printing in order for typists to decifer what you meant. From the time I got married, we always keep a grocery list of things needed. My husband's handwriting was so bad that he started printing what was needed on the grocery list so that I could read it. Mine has gotten much worse over the years to the point that I use the computer most often to type and print out letters, with few exceptions. So much easier! Thanks for your comment, votes and the share.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, Peggy. How are you today? I hope you always fine and healthy....amen. Thank you very much for writing wonderful autograph books I've ever know. I am glad to know that you still keep this books very well. I believe that this books has a beautiful memories. Thank you very much. Take care and have a wonderful day :-)

      Rated up..... Prasetio

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      There are so many beautiful memories jampacked into your autograph book. I did buy a book, but by the time I wanted to use it, nobody was interested in them, and I was too embarrassed to ask anyone to sign it. Unfortunately, I gave it away, and I always regret not being brave enough to ask! I guess I could find a book and start now, but that one was made specifically for that purpose.

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      Robin Edmondson 5 years ago from San Francisco

      What a precious keepsake, Peggy. The love in your family is so apparent. I should start one of these for my daughters. When our oldest was born, I had family members write in my journal for her about her arrival. It is a precious thing to look back on because my grandmother, who has since passed, wrote wonderful things. I unfortunately haven't kept it up or had journals for our other two. You've inspired me to start again! Thank you for sharing this with us.

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I have attempted a journal a couple of times but after a couple of days they fizzled. A diary is automatic writers block for me.I notice some pretty good handwriting in your samples.In the days when we wrote out papers fro a typist to prepare, I reverted to block printing in order that they could read it. I was not the only one either.beautiful and interesting hub. will share.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi moonlake,

      Your parents must have been similar to mine in that our house was always open and accessible to our friends. Nice! Thanks for your comment and nice that you also have kept your autograph book from your childhood days.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Alicia,

      I did not even know when I saw this question and remembered my old autograph book whether they were still even selling them today, but apparently they are...at least on Amazon. So someone must still be purchasing them! Nice to know that you have similar memories. Thanks for your comment.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      I love my old autograph book and still have it. Your life sounds pretty much like mine except that we were military brats and traveled around. I think I held onto so much because I lost friends so fast because of moving. I had to hold onto pieces of them.

      My parents also always let my friends come to the house and have slumber parties. Our house was next to the school so we always had kids in and out. I think there were times when I Mom felt like going crazy.