Little bashful one, make haste and take flight

Little bashful one, make haste and take flight

I just completed a new art piece, “Butterfly wings”.

Artist’s Statement:
Little tentative one, make haste and take flight with your shiny, gilded wings.  While you may damage the wings along your journey you have what it takes to be courageous as a lion yet delicate and beautiful as a rose. Continue reading Little bashful one, make haste and take flight

8th Grade Autograph Book from 1946 – Paris, Texas: Part 3

8th Grade Autograph Book from 1946 – Paris, Texas: Part 3

I purchased my first autograph book in 2021 and have been researching the original owner, Ramona Holmes.  The little red book is from Paris, Texas in the 1940s.  Ramona was meticulous in documenting details, making it relatively easy to research the individuals who signed her book.  I know her best friend and her favorite teacher, for instance.  It has been awhile since I’ve blogged about Ramona (I have acquired 5 other autograph books… and have many hobbies that compete for my time).  But I thought this year would be a good time to resume the Ramona blog series.  Continue reading 8th Grade Autograph Book from 1946 – Paris, Texas: Part 3

Emma Johnson’s Autograph Book from December 25, 1885

This book is 136 years old! (Dec 25, 2021 – Dec 25, 1885). I acquired this treasure one week before Christmas. I learned it is 136 years old and was given to Emma Johnson as a Christmas gift from a school teacher! I have been researching for a week, discovering fascinating pieces of history about the people and places tied to this book. Read on for more information. Continue reading Emma Johnson’s Autograph Book from December 25, 1885

8th Grade Autograph Book from 1946 – Paris, Texas: Part 2

8th Grade Autograph Book from 1946 – Paris, Texas: Part 2

I recently purchased a little red autograph book from Curiosities in Dallas.  It belonged to an 8th grader named Ramona Holmes who lived in Paris, Texas in 1946. 

I’ve spent some late nights researching the people and places referenced in the book.  I was also able to cajole my friend Tore into a day trip to Paris for further research.

This post focuses on a favorite teacher…. Continue reading 8th Grade Autograph Book from 1946 – Paris, Texas: Part 2