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Cora Sprague Velvet Cover Triangular Friendship Album Of Cora Sprage, featuring secret messages. .Hackettstown, NY.Nov 1888
Cora Sprague Velvet Cover Triangular Friendship Album Of Cora Sprage, featuring secret messages. .Hackettstown, NY.Nov 1888


 
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Price: $250.00

Product Code: 28001170

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A unique triangle friendship album of Cora Sprague that was given to her upon her departure in November 1888 from Centenary Collegiate Institute, a preparatory school located in Hackettstown, NY (now known as Centenary University). What is unique about this album is the construction. Each note as been folded down into a triangle which was originally pasted closed. On the front of each note was a small missive that directed Cora when she could open the note. Most of them feature specific dates, but some are more ambiguous and cheeky. Such as, "Open when you so desire ", "When in trouble," "on the anniversary of your silver wedding", and perhaps most uniquely "to be opened some moonlight evening, alone in the year 1890". The majority of the notes feature well wishes for a happy and prosperous life. There are several mentions of a wedding and husband, so Cora's departure from the school might have been caused by an impending marriage to an unknown man. Most of her friends ask her to remember her time at C. C. I. fondly, or reference specific unknown events. Such as " 'Sit still my heart, sit still.' When very much excited and this quotation comes in your in mind, remember me and the circumstance under which I gave it to you." Light brown velvet covers. Ribbon binding. Triangle album, 39 leaves. Measures 10 1/2" x 5 1/4" .