Earlier this month, I paid a visit to one of my favourite stores, Sleeping Giant Antiques. While mulling around, I found the most peculiar piece; an autograph book from 1931, chalked full of beautiful drawings, notes and photographs. I knew instantly, I had to have it.
The first page reads:
Birthday Greetings from: The West Side Young People’s Society. June 19th 1931.
The next few pages contain photographs of a Sunday School class, an old school house and a Missionary Class. The “beginning” of the collection has a dedication:
To: Alvin Stockfisch
These little verses to you are rendered
By some friends sincere and true;
Hoping to be remembered
Though we’re far away from you.
From: The West Side Young People’s Society.
The pages throughout the book each have a message from of his classmates, with either a picture, illustration, memory or poem. The entire book depicts a completely different time; one of pretty penmanship, clean humour and thoughtfulness.
I’ve decided to share a page with you each week, and hopefully find some information on the author of each section. Maybe I’ll find a relative! Wouldn’t this be awesome if someone recognized their grandparent or parent?
Let’s begin with Alvin, the recipient.
From what I can decipher, Alvin attended West Side School (Christian School/Sunday School perhaps?) and was part of the Young People’s Society. He must have moved away and I assume this little keepsake was mailed to him *what thoughtful friends & classmates*.
The pages include locations primarily from Alsask Saskatchewan, but also include Calgary, and Sibbald Alberta.
The Mysterious West Side Young People’s Society
I’m going to continue to dig and find information. I know you’re going to love this little book!
Anyone out there know anything about this school? leave a comment below.
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Pretty cool find Alex !
I love old photos, it’s literally like looking into the past and here you’re peering into the faces from over 80 years ago!
I love those outfits and, of course, every boy has a hat, Can-can dancing and early jazz era, awesome.