Hello, My Friends!~~~
Before I go on to tell you about the title of this post, I'd like to remind you that until the end of May, I am offering 40% off ALL items in Beth's Bagz etsy shop! Just enter coupon code: BBYEAR5 in the space provided at check out! I have greatly reduced the original prices of several seasonal decorations so your discount will be substantial. At the end of May I will close Bethsbagz for a few weeks and then will reopen late June with all NEW handmade creations made from recent and oh, so fun finds! The items currently listed and on sale will not return, so get them while you can for 40% off! Thanks so much!
OK, now on to "Autograph Week!"
Earlier this week I noticed that one of the homes near our neighborhood had a big pile of trash near the curb awaiting pick up. Some of the items piled on top looked old so having no shame I decided to poke through the pile and see if I could unearth a treasure. And I did!
I found buried beneath some damp old clothes this autograph book. I opened it up and noticed that the signatures were in fountain pen. I brought it home. As I flipped through the pages I noticed that the signatures were written between 1933-34. And then I noticed a note written on the inside cover: "mostly movie star and radio star autographs." Really? I decided to see if I recognized any of the signatures.
Joan Marsh was vaguely familiar. I looked her up and found out that she was quite popular in early movies. Here is her info: Joan Marsh.
Then I saw this familiar autograph...
I knoew George Raft played a lot of tough gangster roles way back in the day. Here is his info: George Raft. He was in a ton of popular movies including "Some Like It Hot" with Marilyn Monroe!
There are many many more signatures in this autograph book. I called my mother and she knew quite a few of them. What a fun find in the trash!
But the autograph fun train chugs on for me this week!
I went to a wonderful estate sale in Arlington, VA on Thursday and found fun goodies (most are now in Dime Store Chic!) I looked into an beat up old paper bag (I never pass by a beat up old paper bag, you never know what you might find) and saw some baseballs. Hubby loves his Washington Nationals with a passion, and I saw a ball that had a bunch of signatures and a ball that had one signature. I recognized that signature. The lady running the sale charged me a dollar each for the baaseballs. Hubby was thrilled out of his mind when I gave them to him, most particularly because of this baseball and its signature:
Do you recognized Ted Williams? At one time he was a manager for the Washington Senators (Nationals) but before that he was pretty hot stuff in the world of baseball. A Hall of Famer too! Before giving them to Hubby, I took the baseballs to a local baseball card seller and he said that the signature is not a fake and we that the other baseball has four signatures of umpires. Hubby will research to see if he can pinpoint which game the umpires officiated. The balls are dated anywhere between 1959-1973. The baseball card dealer offered to buy the balls but I told them it was up to my husband. Hubby will keep them. The dealer told me that the Ted Williams ball is worth hundreds of dollars. Not bad for a one dollar investment. Hubby is one happy fellow!~~~XXOO, Beth