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Posted 14 January 2016 - 03:04

First world war guest book reveals mindset of soldiers bound for front
Wartime document from tea room at Peterborough railway station contains heartbreaking notes, jokes and sketches
A fascinating record. Poignancy and historical interest aside, the standard of penmanship is worth noting. It would have been nice to see closeups of their handwriting alongside the typed transcriptions. 

Might a dip pen have been provided next to the visitors' book? Variations in ink colour suggest some wrote with their own pens while others used pencil.

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Posted 14 January 2016 - 03:34

Thank you for sharing this.


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Posted 14 January 2016 - 03:52

The stories took my breath away

I'm glad someone had the foresight to preserve this very human record of people long gone

+1 again thanks for sharing

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Posted 14 January 2016 - 11:05


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Posted 14 January 2016 - 13:36

Wow. Really interesting. Agree it's interesting to note the generally higher caliber of personal penmanship.

Thanks for posting.

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Posted 14 January 2016 - 14:27

Some of us noticed the penmanship, some the human emotions, art work, and reflections of a time when we took the time to display better manners. Hand written notes give us so much more Insite into the writer than a machine made e'mail.
I use email a lot, but when I want to convey personal feelings, I write a hand written note with a fountain pen.
That was such a nice find. Thanks for sharing it.

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Posted 14 January 2016 - 16:54

Great post, thank you!

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Posted 15 January 2016 - 15:31

This sort of thing is what the internet was meant for.


The dancing goats and cats with bacon taped to them are mere side-effects.

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Posted 15 January 2016 - 16:10

This sort of thing is what the internet was meant for.
The dancing goats and cats with bacon taped to them are mere side-effects.

Well said.

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