I purchased an autograph book at a pop-up flea market in 2011 for $20. I was fascinated with this item, and slowly began to scan and transcribe each page… wondering at the hidden stories behind each name.
The autograph book belonged to Minnie E. Duryee, with the earliest entry dating back to June 11th, 1879. Each time I hold the book in my hands, I’m in awe its content – a collection of messages, drawings and poems. I can’t seem to get over the fact that this bundle of paper, this small capsule of history and time, contains signatures that are over 130 years old.