Sunday, August 2, 2009

Vini, Vidi, Vici

It's yard sale time on a sunny Sunday in Seattle, and boyohboy did I ever score! A page from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, dated 1883, some strange magnifying spectacles that work like a hinged pince nez; a saccharine cherub plucking a harp; a shuttle for mending fishing nets and superscore of scores -- an 1885 autograph book kept by Miss Lily of Abilene, Kansas.

The autograph has a lot of old timey stickers of all kinds, but I especially like the Union soldier (General Sherman) with roses. An interesting touch for memorabilia from Kansas in 1886; the memories then would not have been old ones.

And, the handwriting, so fine, most of it written in ink with a steel point pen.

Now these treasures need to rest awhile before they reincarnate in a tasty bit of assemblage.

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