Saturday, March 23, 2013

1880s/1890s Autograph Album of mostly Greensburg, Pennsylvania signers


1880s/1890s autograph album that contains pages of sentiments written mostly by Greensburg, Pennsylvania residents.

The album is approximately 5-1/2" x 3-1/2" and has puffy covers with a metal adornment in the shape of the word "Album" affixed to the front.  The album contains 15 pages of sentiments.  An alphabetical list of the signers appears at the end of this post.

See an earlier post for the 1880s autograph album of Harry E. Reamer of the Paradise neighborhood of Greensburg, Pennsylvania. There don't appear to be any signers in common.

Harley A. Zinn of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, signed a page on 20 April 1888.



Nannie S. Campell signed pages on 20 January 1889 and 30 September 1888 [shown in the order in which they appeared in the album].




L. O. Kettering signed a page on 20 January 1889.  This page was the facing page to a page signed by Nannie S. Campbell and shares its date of 20 January 1889.



J. K. Bernard signed a page at Greensburg, Pennsylvania, on 2 February 1890.



Robert C. Graff of Blairsville, Pennsylvania, signed a page on 5 May 1892.



J. F. Beatty signed a page.



Someone signed a page in shorthand or code in 1892.



D. R. Potts of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, signed a page on 19 November 1887.  I'm not sure of the first initial and welcome your interpretation.



Charles E. Pilgrim signed a page.



Frank Dunn or Dumn or ? signed a page.



Frank L. White signed a page at Latrobe, Pennsylvania, on 1 May 1892.



E. G. Campbell of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, signed a page on 28 October 1888.



The inside back cover has some faint handwriting, plus repeated initial of what appear to be A.R.C.  Again, I invite your interpretation.



The page below appears to have been used to score games.  Two of the names, Irwin and Dean, are not among the album's signers.  There were two people named Campbell who signed: Nannie S. Campbell and E. G. Campbell, whether or not the Campbell written below was one of them.  Suppose the album owner was Campbell, Irwin or Dean?



Alphabetical list of signers: [Note: given names within a specific surname may not be in alphabetical order.]


  • Shorthand, signed in 1892
  • Eucre games, Campbell, Irwin, Dean, dated 27 April 1891
  • Inside back cover has some faint handwriting, including what appears to be the initials A.R.C.
  • J. F. Beatty
  • J. K. Bernard, signed at Greensburg, Pennsylvania, on 2 February 1890
  • Nannie S. Campbell; the date of 20 January 1889 straddles this and the facing page signed by L. O. Kettering; she signed another page on 30 September 1888.
  • E. G. Campbell of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, signed on 28 October 1888
  • Frank Dunn, or Frank Dumn
  • Robert C. Graff of Blairsville, Pennsylvania, signed on 5 May 1892
  • L. O. Kettering; the date of 20 January 1889 straddles this and the facing page signed by Nannie S. Campbell
  • Charles E. Pilgrim
  • D. R. Potts of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, signed on 19 November 1887; not sure about first initial
  • Frank L. White, signed at Latrobe, Pennsylvania, on 1 May 1892
  • Harley A. Zinn of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, signed on 20 September 1888
Greensburg, Pennsylvania


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