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Autograph Albums

School-age girls and young women often kept autograph albums in the nineteenth century.  Friends, schoolmates, and the owner would fill in the blank pages with poems, prayers, notes of affection and friendship, drawings, signatures, and mementos.  These albums contain sentiments and signatures similar to those written in modern school yearbooks. 


Autograph Album of Alta M. Diller
1879-1880

Alta M. Diller (1865-1953) was the daughter of Edwin and Cora M. Diller of New Holland. She attended Swarthmore College and was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church in New Holland.

LANCASTER COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY ARCHIVES, MG-118 AUTOGRAPH ALBUM COLLECTION

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Painfull Love
To Love is painfull it is true
Not to Love is painfull too
But ah! it gives the greatest pain
To Love and not be loved again


Autograph Album of Elizabeth F. Allen
1827-1832

LANCASTER COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY ARCHIVES, MG-118 AUTOGRAPH ALBUM COLLECTION

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Love Letters

Before the telephone, e-mail, and text messages, people relied on letters to carry sentiments and information to loved ones..



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