Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue

Autograph Books

Autograph Books from the 1940s

Autograph Books from the 1940s

Memories of carefree school days in the one room school.  Friendships.  Games.  The stories started flowing as Mom and I looked at the autograph books.

Three books and over a hundred different poems.   The students would collect an autograph from all of their friends, family and even the school teacher.

We ought to smile We ought to lauch

Poem at the start of every autograph book

Inscribed in front and dated December 25, 1945 was this classic little poem.:

We ought to smile

We ought to laugh

But in this book

We autograph!

Forget You No I never will

Forget you no I never will

And this one dated December 26, 1942.

Dear Sis

Forget you! No I never will

As Long as I can whistle

I might forget to yell

When I sit on a thistle

Your brother

Gerald (age 6 1/2)

To be a Friend you don't need money

To be a Friend you don't need money

My grandmother wrote the following in Mom’s book December 25, 1942.

To be a friend you don’t need money

Just a disposition sunny

Just the will to help another

Get along someway or other

Just the wish to give and lend

Will make you someone’s friend


Roses are red Violets are blue

Roses are red Violets are blue

Here is a twist on a classic written by an admirer.

Roses are Red,

Violets are Blue

I pity the Man,

That Marries You!

What Autograph poems and funny sayings do you remember? Please leave your comments below.


8 Responses to “Roses are Red, Violets are Blue”
  1. Jo says:

    Nice post – how about


    Which I have in mine :-)

  2. Hi Jo,
    I love it! That is probably the most original one I’ve seen.

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


  3. Joan – what fun! It made me remember my own autograph books and yearbooks. Later there were also autograph hounds. These were firmly stuffed dogs that you could sign. Thanks for the fun.

  4. Pugbug says:

    Better late than never. Written by my great aunt:

    There was a little girl
    who had a little curl
    right in the middle of her forehead.
    When she was good
    she was very very good
    but when she was bad she was horrid!

    Surely I was never horrid. Naughty maybe, but never horrid.
    Pugbug´s last [type] ..The willow and the rose

  5. Pugbug,
    That’s a classic! And I’m sure you were never horrid :)

    Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

  6. Hi Donna,
    It is fun, isn’t it? I didn’t ever have an autograph hound. Would love to see a picture of one of those :)

    Thanks for commenting.


  7. Here’s one that caught my eye, as a Downeaster:
    Remember me when way Down East and making bread without any yeast

  8. Hi Pam,
    Love it! I haven’t heard that one.

    Thanks for commenting.


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