Joyce’s Childhood Autograph Book

One of Joyce’s childhood treasures is a small, black autograph book.  The earliest entries are dated December 25, 1940 (when Joyce was 11 years old), suggesting that the book was a Christmas present.  The latest entry is February 4, 1943 (Floyd Williams wrote: “Dear Joyce, When your an old maid and live by the sea, will you not come and marry me?”)  Many of the entries are similar rhymes, with the following from June Hill a favorite:

June Hill autograph

 

Dated January 8, 1941, it reads:

Dear Joyce,

I’m not a Southern beauty,

I’m not a Western Rose,

I’m just a little Wellsville girl

With freckles on my nose.

Your pal,

June Hill

On the left margin: Yours till Bear Lake has cubs.

In the small scalloped circle: Forget me not

 

Another special entry is from Blanche Reynolds, brother Edward Reynolds wife.  Edward was killed in a B-17 training accident in Texas in 1943, just one year after Blanche wrote this on June 15, 1942:

Blanche Reynolds autograph

It reads:

“Dear Joyce –

Remember me and bear in mind

Real friends are hard to find

Now you have some really true

Trade not your old ones for the new.

Always your Friend

Blanche Reynolds

Take care of your sweet mother

For you could never find another like her.”

 

The autograph books also contains entries by Joyce’s siblings:

Sister Rea's autograph: "Dear Joyce - By hook or By crook I will be the last to write in this book - your sis - Rea"

Sister Rea’s autograph: “Dear Joyce – By hook or By crook I will be the last to write in this book – your sis – Rea”

Brother Joe's entry : "in your dog house of friendship regu me as a pup - yours till mississippi wears rubbers to keep feet dry - love Joe"

Brother Joe’s entry : “in your dog house of friendship regu me as a pup – yours till mississippi wears rubbers to keep feet dry – love Joe”

Edna's entry: "Keep up the good work in school and be a good girl and you will succeed.  Love Edna"

Edna’s entry: “Keep up the good work in school and be a good girl and you will succeed. Love Edna”

Joyce's brother Tom's entry: "To my little sister Joyce - May she have all the success in the world - TWReynolds"

Joyce’s brother Tom’s entry: “To my little sister Joyce – May she have all the success in the world – TWReynolds”

 

 

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