General

“By no other means can our favorite heroes – statesmen, soldiers, authors … be brought so close to us.  By no other means are they so clearly revealed to us in all the intimate details of their public and private lives.  Autograph letters ‘are the true living word shadows of the great … Through them we see their authors, perhaps for the first time, in a natural light, revealed by their own pen strokes.’”

THOMAS MADIGAN, "WORD SHADOWS OF THE GREAT"


About autograph collecting

on Friday, 08 April 2011. Posted in General

About autograph collecting

A favorite pastime of Goethe, Brahms, John F. Kennedy, and Franklin D. Roosevelt - autograph collecting is an international hobby whose roots stretch back to Cicero and ancient Rome.

Autographs & Bonds

on Thursday, 09 June 2011. Posted in General

Collectible Stocks and Bonds from North American Railroads by Terry Cox

Autographs & Bonds

Autographs 

Autograph collecting is a separate hobby that overlaps the stock and bond hobby. Many celebrities signed certificates, either as owners of securities or as individuals connected with railroad companies. Autographs can be important for their historical significance and their speculative possibilities.

What Wikipedia says about autographs...

on Tuesday, 12 April 2011. Posted in General

An autograph (from the Greek: αὐτός, autós, "self" and γράφω, gráphō, "write") is a document transcribed entirely in the handwriting of its author, as opposed to a typeset document or one written by an amanuensis or a copyist; the meaning overlaps with that of the word holograph.

Autograph also refers to a person's artistic signature. This term is used in particular for the practice of collecting autographs of celebrities.

 

Here you could learn Suetterlin / German handwriting

on Saturday, 18 June 2011. Posted in General

Here you could learn Suetterlin / German handwriting

Suetterlin script: a script, created by the Berlin graphic artist Ludwig Sütterlin (1865-1917), which was taught from 1915 to 1941 in German schools. It is also called the "the German handwriting". The writing is a standard form of the earlier and very different chancery writing which was mainly used by government officials.

Introduction of collecting autographs

on Monday, 23 May 2011. Posted in General

Introduction of collecting autographs

Collecting signatures of famous figures has been a favoured hobby for many centuries.  Cicero was very proud of a letter from Julius Caeser. Even many great personalities of world history have been collectors themselves – for example Queen Victoria, John F. Kennedy, Edgar Allen Poe, Johannes Brahms or Johann Wolfgang v. Goethe.
But signatures of well known people are much more – in many cases they are  „history in ink“ and the exciting  story how someone got a signature can also inspire  „non-collectors“. High-quality autographs  have been used in the past intensified as investment and the development of prices can definitely be compared with blue chip stocks.