Phoebe F. Allen’s autograph book from the mid-1920s

Here we have Phoebe F. Allen’s autograph book from the mid-1920s. T found this book in Houma, Louisiana during our summer trip. Funny how we had to travel to Louisiana from California to find this book from California — Ms. Allen and many of the contributors to her keepsake are apparently from the Fresno area. Based on what we can piece together from the book, Phoebe Allen was an active Seventh Day Adventist who traveled the California Adventist camp meeting circuit, collecting autographs along the way. The autographs themselves vary between religious messages, kitsch poetry, cornball humor, and warm thoughtfulness. Below you’ll find a number of our favorites. At the bottom of this post, the entire 136-page book in pdf facsimile.

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