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March 13, 2012

Longfellow birthday book

Filed under: Item of the Day — Lizzie Ehrenhalt @ 9:30 am

Longfellow birthday book

Longfellow Birthday Book printed in 1881 and used by the family of James J. Hill.  The book is bound in leather and its pages are edged in gold leaf.   Each page matches a set of verses by the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow to a date in the calendar year; a facing page provides space for writing the name of a person with a birthday on the same date.  Entries have been made for James H. Hill and his family as well as the family of their servants, Mr. and Mrs. Axel Johnson.

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