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

Some songs can zap one back in time. Memories of the fun we had because of Chubby Checker's song, The Twist, in the 1960s are nostalgic.

My vinyl autograph book from the 1950s

My vinyl autograph book from the 1950s

Collection of Written Memories

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

I am no longer sure who gave it to me as a gift. I assume it was my paternal grandmother since that is the first date (December 20, 1958) inscribed into the book, along with her little poem. It might have been a slightly early Christmas gift because generally, 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 this little six by four and a half-inch book are multicolored with solid pink, white, yellow, green, and blue pages upon which people could choose to write. In the back were a few thick black pages for photos.

I'll share some autograph posts 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.

My paternal grandmother holding me

My paternal grandmother holding me

Roses Are Red

My grandmother's little "Roses are red..." poem was trendy back then. While I have not heard it expressed much today, I cannot help but think it is timeless. The reference to my being "a nice little homemaker!" undoubtedly referred to my helping my mother.

I was the eldest child, and as soon as I was able, I helped with chores around the house. Those chores included hanging wash on the lines to dry when I was tall enough to reach the clotheslines, assisting with doing the dishes, and cooking.

I loved being able to help my mother, and while these may have been tedious chores for some people, she always made the projects fun and exciting. She would tell stories that interested me and teach me songs that we could sing while working together. We even did some harmonizing together.

Below is the sweet entry from my mother.

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. But we had each other outside of school activities and were fast friends.

Art was a common interest, and we 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 other's house, which was always a treat. She would have been 12 years old when she inscribed this into my autograph book.

Hey Gloria, if you ever read this, what I want to know is the following. 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. Haha!

My neighboring girlfriend's entry in my autograph book

My neighboring girlfriend's entry in my autograph book

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.

"Dear Peggy,

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

Your friend always, Candy C..."

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"Roses are red violets are blue,

Rain on the roof reminds me of you.

Drip, Drip, Drip.

Joe S..."

And to think that I liked that guy! Haha!

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

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

Move from Wisconsin to Texas

This autograph book of mine accompanied me, along with other belongings, from Wisconsin to McAllen, Texas, in 1960. My maternal grandparents moved with my family as they wanted to retire in McAllen after spending many winters down there, enjoying the beautiful 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, friendly chats could occur.

One friendly neighbor across our alley wrote the following in the text box below. 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.

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"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 Grandfather

My dear grandmother died in 1963, the same year of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. 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, my grandmother's death 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, my dad built a home wherein my grandpa could live with our family, which worked well for a time. 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 grandfather's entry into my autograph book

My grandfather's entry into my autograph book

High School Friends

Those were some fun days! A large group of 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, and ate snacks. When I think of it today, our parents must have been saints! They also got little sleep at 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.

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.  In later years, she became my maid of honor at our wedding. She permitted me to use this photo that I took during our high school years.

My good friend Ella. In later years, she became my maid of honor at our wedding. She permitted me to use this photo that I took during our high school years.

"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)"

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"Dear Peggy,

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

"Best of luck in everything you do."

Love always, Susan

Dec. 30, 1963"

My brothers and me in the Late 1960s

My brothers and me in the Late 1960s

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 with no dates.

Of course, the school albums sold each year with the pictures of our teachers and class members were what most kids of junior high and high school ages were signing and 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

Memory Lane

People are still purchasing autograph books, so they have not 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. I am still smiling at this trip down memory lane.

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Sources:

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Peggy Woods

Comments are appreciated.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 05, 2020:

Hi Paula,

Yes, those were surely more simple times. I am happy that I got to experience them. Thanks for your comment.

Paula on October 05, 2020:

This is a quaint remembrance of much more simple times. Enjoyed reading.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 17, 2020:

Hi Devika,

Thanks for taking a journey down memory lane with me.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 17, 2020:

Peggy sounds like the simple pleasures in life were the best. The old photos are great memories. Thank you for sharing such an interesting story of your life.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 15, 2020:

Hi Cheryl,

These were simple pleasures, and ones that can bring many smiles in years to come. It has worked that way for me, and probably many others who kept such autograph books.

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on September 15, 2020:

I remember autograph books in the 1960s when I was in elementary school. Children today are missing so many simple pleasures. Thanks for the story.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 29, 2020:

Hi Denise,

This little book does carry many memories for me. Many of the people who wrote in it are now gone. I cherish these autographs more than from any so-called famous people who would not have meant as much to me.

I also have my high school yearbooks full of autographs. Thanks for your comment.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on August 29, 2020:

I think I must have gotten the wrong idea about autograph book when I was young. I thought you needed to wait to fill it with autographs from famous people and my parents weren't famous. Basically, other than my siblings, my autograph book was empty. My high school yearbooks are full, however. If I had had the revelation to get aunts and uncles, grandparents, and cousins autographs, it would be prized possession being that many of them are no longer with us. Shows what I know. Thanks for the sweet look back. I smiled warmly through the whole thing.

Blessings,

Denise

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 25, 2020:

Hi Mona,

Hopefully, you kept your book from the past. I had given my grandmother a book, much like the one you describe, that had questions for her to answer. I still have it with her handwritten answers. That type of book is also lovely to keep.

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on July 25, 2020:

I love going through your photographs and reading all the entries in their own handwriting. In my time we had slum books. They would ask a lot of things about a person like favorite singer, favorite movie, etc. It's lovelier that people wrote poems that they thought up themselves and wrote such loving dedications. How wonderful that you kept your notebook. It can be a legacy to your daughter and after that, your grandmother. Oh, I do remember the "roses are red" poem.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 26, 2019:

Hi Patty,

I cherish that little poem from my mother. It is one of the memories I now have of her. It is amazing that this little autograph book was kept through the years considering all the moves, etc. I am glad to have it now.

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on March 26, 2019:

Hi Peggy -- I like your mom's poem best of all in your autograph book. Glad you were able to keep the book and many pictures.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 26, 2019:

Hi Patricia,

I am sure that your friend's granddaughter will really the gift of an autograph book plus a diary with a key. What fun she will have thanks to you!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on March 26, 2019:

Just stopping by again---this is one of my faves And as a result of being reminded of how I enjoyed the autograph book I purchased one and a diary with a key!!! for my friend's granddaughter Hoping all is good with you Angels once again are headed your way ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 19, 2018:

Hi Rajan,

Yes, these old autographs certainly do bring some smiles to my face. Sadly, quite a few people have already passed on to the next life. It is nice to have a sample of their handwriting along with the memories that it brings.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 18, 2018:

Beautiful memories. Great to have down the road on life to make one smile again.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 29, 2018:

Hi Ethel,

I hope you find your autograph book someday and get to have some fun with it like I did mine. Thanks for the compliments. The bloom of youth left some time ago! Ha!

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on September 29, 2018:

Fun read. Tyanks for sharing Peggy. I had at least one autograph book but have no idea where it went. You were such a pretty child and young woman. No wonder you still are

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 24, 2018:

Some people do collect autographs from famous people. My little autograph book was rather filled with little poems or messages from my family and friends at the time of my childhood and early teens. School annuals then took the place of where people wrote messages or simply signed their names.

Since that time I think I only collected one or two autographs. The one I best remember was written on a program after a Houston Symphony concert my husband and I attended and the autograph was by Marvin Hamlisch. We had also seen him perform at our last night in Spain on the Island of Mallorca at the time of the Olympics in Barcelona.

Dale Anderson from The High Seas on May 24, 2018:

Autograph books are a bit of a fascination for me. Growing up in Australia I had never even heard of such an idea. When I did learn about them I thought people were having me on. "People go around with a little book and ask famous people to sign it? No way that is true!" Shows what I know.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 23, 2018:

Hi Mary,

It is amazing that I was able to keep mine all these years. They still do sell autograph books but I don't think that they are as popular as they once were.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on May 23, 2018:

I love those autograph books. I don'y know when it started not to be fashionable but it was great. Sadly, I lost mine.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 16, 2018:

Hi Patricia,

So nice that you also have your storage of memories recorded in your diaries from years ago. Sending blessings your way.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on May 16, 2018:

O I love this Peggy. The fond fond memories of yesteryear are so precious. The pictures of you throughout the years are endearing as well. You may not have begun to write at this point but obviously collecting the writing of others had begun for you. The words that were written that you shared were some of the same ones that I find in my very own little diary of years ago...actually I had several as I took one to camp when I went and it was soon filled. Thank you for sharing this walk down memory lane with us. Many many Angels and blessings are headed your way... ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 30, 2018:

Hi Virginia,

I totally agree that the South Texas grapefruit is the best. My parents used to own some fruit groves down there at one time. When I worked as an OR nurse in Houston and was living in the nurse's dorm in the middle of the Texas Medical Center I always had sacks of oranges and grapefruit from the Valley in my closet and ate some every day. Yum!

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on January 29, 2018:

I lived not too far from McAllen, but it was in the 1990s. 15 years of living in Alamo while working first in Edinburg and then in Weslaco. Miss the wonderful grapefruit in South TX. Florida grapefruit isn't nearly as good.

Robert Sacchi on January 24, 2018:

Yes, in almost all cases it's out of sight out of mind. There are a few people who continue to stay in touch. I count my blessings by those that stay in touch.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 23, 2018:

Hi Robert,

That happens to many of us. I only have a few friends from those early days that still keep in touch.

Robert Sacchi on January 23, 2018:

Yes, I'm in touch with 1 person I went to high school with. I haven't seen or heard anything about those I went to grammar school with in decades.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 23, 2018:

Hi Robert,

So true! I have lost touch with some of those school chums of old and my family members who wrote in that book are now deceased. So it is a time capsule of sorts.

Robert Sacchi on January 22, 2018:

Yes, it makes an interesting read of times past. It also brings back memories of people you haven't seen for decades.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 22, 2018:

Hi Robert,

Nice that you have your father's as well as your own autograph book. I believe that mine was a gift from my parents. We did not get them from school. I am glad that I kept mine. Brings back memories and smiles.

Robert Sacchi on January 21, 2018:

We got them when we graduated from grammar school. A few years ago I came across my father's when he graduated from junior high. There were some things that were different but most were very close to what was written in mine. Thanks for the memories.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 23, 2017:

Hi Cynthia Fedak,

So nice that you still have your old autograph books from the 50s and 60s. I am sure that yours bring you pleasure as do mine just remembering those "good old days" from the past. Thanks for your comment.

Cynthia Fedak on October 23, 2017:

Do I remember the autograph book....a lovely way to save memories of your classmates, yes, I had mine in the 50s and 60s, and it is still among my many possessions.. we lived a good life back then, only we weren't aware of it...the good old days. You have a lovely blog!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 21, 2015:

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!

SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on October 20, 2015:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 10, 2015:

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.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on September 10, 2015:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 10, 2015:

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.

Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on September 10, 2015:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 27, 2014:

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!

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on November 18, 2014:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 22, 2014:

Hello Dr. Bill,

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

William Leverne Smith from Hollister, MO on July 22, 2014:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 31, 2014:

Hello maliha,

So glad you liked this. ☺

maliha on January 31, 2014:

niceeeeeeeeeeee

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 07, 2014:

Hello Paula Snoddy,

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

Paula Snoddy on January 07, 2014:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 11, 2013:

Hi Suzanne,

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

justmesuzanne from Texas on June 10, 2013:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 02, 2012:

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.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 02, 2012:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 07, 2012:

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.

Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on September 07, 2012:

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!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 13, 2012:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 12, 2012:

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.

iefox5 on July 12, 2012:

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

Mary Hyatt from Florida on July 12, 2012:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 30, 2012:

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.

Riverfish24 from United States on May 30, 2012:

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! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 01, 2012:

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. :)

Ruchira from United States on May 01, 2012:

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!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 21, 2012:

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?

Dubuquedogtrainer from Dubuque, Iowa on April 21, 2012:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 09, 2012:

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.

Sharilee Swaity from Canada on April 09, 2012:

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!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 04, 2012:

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. :)

Charlu from Florida on April 03, 2012:

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

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 30, 2012:

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.

FreezeFrame34 from Charleston SC on March 30, 2012:

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!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 24, 2012:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 24, 2012:

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.

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on March 24, 2012:

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. ;-)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 24, 2012:

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!

Movie Master from United Kingdom on March 24, 2012:

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

Cheryl J. from Houston, TX on March 24, 2012:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 24, 2012:

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! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 24, 2012:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 24, 2012:

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.

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on March 23, 2012:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 23, 2012:

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.

LadyMar on March 23, 2012:

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.

Kitty Fields from Summerland on March 23, 2012:

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!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 23, 2012:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 23, 2012:

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!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 23, 2012:

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.

Charity Squid on March 23, 2012:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 23, 2012:

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.

Stephanie Henkel from USA on March 23, 2012:

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!

Stephanie Henkel from USA on March 23, 2012:

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!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 23, 2012:

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.

Cynthia Zirkwitz from Vancouver Island, Canada on March 23, 2012:

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!

Leah Lefler from Western New York on March 23, 2012:

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.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on March 23, 2012:

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.

Huntgoddess from Midwest U.S.A. on March 23, 2012:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 23, 2012:

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.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 23, 2012:

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.

marellen on March 23, 2012:

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.

kelleyward on March 23, 2012:

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

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