Saturday, 3 March 2018

autograph hound

Public Domain Review informs of the unique, multi-year project of a rather star-struck seventeen-year old quilter from Rhode Island.
From 1856 to 1863, Adeline Harris solicited by post the autographs of leaders and luminaries of her day and received back not only the signatures on little silk squares as requested but was rather overwhelmed with some households sending other historic artefacts to incorporate into the quilt—three hundred and sixty autographs, many personalised with a short epigram. This is far better than a selfie with a celebrity or a vaunted re-tweet or mention, we think. Contributors included Abraham Lincoln, Jacob Grimm, Charles Dickens, Alexander von Humboldt and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Be sure to visit Public Domain Review at the link up top to learn more about the project’s signatories and its creator.