An inserted card, a note, and a flyleaf I excised. Some interesting examples of handwriting here. Does anyone even write real letters or notes anymore? I rarely see any form of cursive handwriting among the 20- and 30-somethings I work with these days. Everyone has strange amalgamations of print and scribbling that are very difficult to read. And signatures tend to be illegible scrawls.
(The first photo is at original size. The other two can be clicked on to enlarge.)
This was on the flyleaf and I cut it out of the book because it was done in fountain pen ink which tends to smear over time. I made a note that this was in a "lurid crime novel" but foolishly didn't write down the title. Can't remember it now, of course. 1919 - could have been a Sax Rohmer book, maybe Arthur Reeves.
Another one where I can't remember the book. This is a slip of paper that was inserted inside. I like that some people who gave books as gifts didn't write the inscription in the book itself. Very considerate. But remembrance is misspelled, Sonia. Tsk, tsk.
And the best one reveals quite a bit about the writer and the person addressed:
Dear Mr Whitehead
Many many happy returns. Also may you have a fine winter in the land of sunshine & perpetual youth. I shall look forward to seeing you in the spring.
Your sincere friend
I wonder if the "land of sunshine & perpetual youth is Florida? Rather formal to address a sincere friend as Mister, don't you think? What fine penmanship Walter has. Bet he won awards when he was a boy. Maybe he still was a boy and he was addressing an adult. That might explain the Mr Whitehead and sincere friend bits. I like finding more personal notes like this one. They're like little time capsules of eras long gone.