And Time Moves On....
When I was a child, my grandpa gave me 3 autograph books. The entries date from 1867 through 1898 and one has a random entry from 1904. They belonged to 2 sisters who were the grandmothers of my grandpa's best friend, Frank, who passed away when I was 9.
Occasionally I run across them and spend an hour reading through the entries. It is interesting how eloquent people were back then. They were respectful, sincere, and really seemed to put thought into the messages. Granted most were a rhyming stanza of sorts, but of all three books there were very few that had duplicate wording. Some were religious, some were traditional and others light humor, but all wanted to be 'remembered when they were gone'.
The Lorgnettes my husband found when his mom passed away. They are antique and fold and lock into a single piece that resembles a mini magnifying glass and open with springload action. I know... opera glasses do not generally work as reading glasses, but they just looked right when I put them with the books.