• Signatures!

    Over the recent months, I had kept some copies of signatures from the family, and then recently Noel has sent me many more, photographed from Mum's books at home, so it clenched it: a post on this subject! We start with Ethel (I presume E.V. Fletcher refers to her...). I'm not sure that her name was actually written by her, though:

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    this one is a more likely candidate (but I'm not sure why Grandpa would have needed to stamp his name & address on the books):

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    then a signature which might be attributable to Percy Hughes, Grandpa's father (with the latter's signature above it?):

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    Here is a mystery dedication - if anyone has any idea? Could it be Percy again? (I suppose I should simply ask mum! after all, it has her [married] signature at the top):

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    This must be the prize sticker of a book which Grandma was bestowed as a girl back in 1925 in Rothbury (again appropriated by Grandpa!):

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    An inscription by Auntie Blandine, probably on Cath's birthday:

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    There are two dedicatory notes from "Auntie Jean and Uncle George", which AB speaks about in relation to the picture of the family on a boat in Cornwall (here): one for Cath's 13th birthday, and one for her 14th:

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    Then there are naturally a number of little indications bearing Cath's name and signature:

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    Upper IV was when she was 14. Below is a reference to a prize she must have been awarded for writing an article in the school magazine (?)

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    This is the inside of the following, but note the inscription "Robin Hood"! - no connection with geography, is there?

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    Some of her signatures seem to indicate a sort of progression, as when one tries which signature corresponds best:

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    Look below: she had gone to a St Ignatius Garden party in 1953?! Must have been well chaperoned... 

    Forlorn River is a novel by Zane Grey.

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    Then there's this rather interesting dedication by her "Pseudo-godfather" (Noël indicates he's the Sheed of the top lettering, a catholic publisher - check here too), introducing another dedication by author DB Wyndham Lewis, whom Daddy Cecil would certainly have approved of, since he was a Catholic convert:

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    Wyndham Lewis's book on Ronsard is dated 1946: Cath might well have waited another 7 or 8 years to begin to be interested in French poetry, but I would have to ask her about the circumstance of this gift.

    Here's an autograph by Grandpa about a Christmas competition which took place in 1949, but with Veronica's name this time:

    Signatures!Then we have some later signatures which Hélène had scanned for me from the signature book that she had filled with friends and families' signatures in 1970:

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    This page contains Auntie Olive's name, alongside some compliant friends! (I wonder if Theresa's horse enabled her to be remembered...)

    And to finish, Monsieur Père's pet "Bunny signature", which we all loved:

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