My husband’s late aunt was a hoarder and never threw things away. Sh kept all her mothers thing’s including letters and photographs.
I found this little gem of an album when we were looking through her drawers.
Annie, known as Nan was born in 1886. I believe children often kept this albums and got family and friends to sign them, much like an autograph. She kept her album, although in her thirties by then. Perhaps she gave it to her daughter, Molly who had her family, friends and neighbours to fill it.
The Darling Child write a letter to it’s Pa.
(As it is on the opposite page to the one below, it is likely to have been penned by C.C.L. I would also hazard a guess that the surname is Lawton, as Annie’s sister was married to a Percy Lawton and the family were all close.
C.C.L. 20.07.1917 with apologies to a well known author.
W. F. Barber 1919
W.F. Barber lived next door to Annie. I think he may have been an artist Aunt Molly had a gold framed oil painting by him, which, she said was a picture of his wife.
W. F Barber 1919
George H Broomfield
29.6/1917 H. W. Inch
It is easy enough to be pleasent
When life follows along like a song,
But the man worth while is the one who will smile
When everything goes dead wrong
W. A Stainsby 1931
Olive Coulthurst 8/9/1917
All for Him.
“I know what he’ll say!’
‘Gee this some hat’
W. M. Simpson Oct 1934
F.W Inch, 29/06/1917
Somewhere I have another drawing by this person. I shall look for it and add it on the bottom.
“Fancy Meeting You”
W. F. Barber – 1919
G.H Broomfield 1924
This made an imprint on the opposite page.
Laugh and the world laughs with you
Weep and you weep alone.
For all of us could have been handsome
For all of us wear fine clothes
But a smile is not expensive and covers a world of woes.
Those are probably initials underneath, but I can’t work out what they are exactly.
A pretty girl who gets a kiss,
And goes and tells her mother,
Deserves to have her cur off,
And never have another.
“Kind Hearts are more that coronets.”
I like work, it fascinates me; I can sit and look at it for hours. The idea of getting rid of it nearly breaks my heart. JKU
Arnold Lawton 1917
Nan’s sister was married to a Percy Laweton, so Arnold is likely to be a relation.
This shows the size of the album.