Happy #ThrowbackThursday from Nebraska Memories.
We’re changing it up a little this week to showcase the wide variety of documents in the Nebraska Memories archive. While photographs are visually captivating, Nebraska Memories contains so much more than just photos. Today we have just such an example with a Mr. John Ellis’s autograph album. Containing inscriptions from the 1880’s, take a little time to read through them. We’ve only included a few in this post, but another fifteen are available for your perusal on the Nebraska Memories website. Check them out, there are some really comical and interesting inscriptions!
This 5″ x 3″ autograph album has a cover with a floral design on it. The pages of the album are filled with inscriptions addressed to “John” or “Johnnie.” Some of the inscriptions have dates from years in the 1880s.
Johny Ellis Some write for plesure [pleasure] Some write for fame But I write simply to sine my name. Franklin. C Compton. Genoa. Neb. [Nebraska] Feb.  24. 1888
Friend Johnnie If in this world of grief and pain My friend..we never meet again Oh.. my we meet beyond the the skies Where friendship blooms and never dies Your well wisher Lennie[?] Foster Genoe [Genoa] Neb [Nebraska] Mar [March] 4th 1881
Dec. [December] 18th 1887 Friend John Remember me when far far off Where the woodchucks die Of whooping cough. Yours Truly John T. Nutcher Reed Box Butte Co. [County] Nebr. [Nebraska]
Interested in Nebraska history? Find out more about this photo in the Nebraska Memories archive!
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