Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Older Than 50 Years


This book belonged to my great grandmother, who was born in 1881. For many years we thought it was a diary, as it was written all in German and no one in the family knew German. After I was married, I realized my mother in law might be able to help as she was raised in Germany and spoke German. She told me it was not a diary, but an “autograph book” that people had signed at the end of the school year, filling the pages with sentiments for the future. The cover is leather with a silver emblem and corners, and my great grandmother’s initials, PS. Some of the pages contain dates, as the one below, which reads 1895, and the name of the city she lived in, Bielefeld.bookpagebw

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20 thoughts on “Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Older Than 50 Years

  1. Wonderful picture and story. I had a book like that — not as fancy — but similar when I graduated high school. We all signed each others’ books. And each others’ year books. I guess they don’t do that anymore.

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  2. it’s a treasure! this books were still in vogue as I was a child and it was a kind of “popular-o-meter”, the one with the most entries was the king/queen of popularity :o)


    • yes we had them too but they were plain and made of cardboard. I remember it was a popularity contest- who could get the most. Some people wrote rhymes, some nicer things than others!!


      • my granny had a special one, they used pressed flowers instead of pictures or drawings, it was great for me to watch the flowers and the plants her friends added. I first thought the plants have a special meaning, but granny told me that it was because of war as they had no pictures or photos they could add to the quotes …

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  3. Wow!! I have seen documents from school from my great grandfather from the 1880’s and the history in the pages is almost palpable. Thanks for sharing this treasure!


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