Thursday, May 31, 2007

Ledger Love...Or, What We Did Before Computers....

To say I have an addiction to collecting ledgers is being kind. An obsession is more like it! I can't get enough of them and I cherish each and every one.
From the 1700's general store ledgers to the 1930's farming ledgers. They all offer a wealth of information and history. I thought maybe once a week or so I would share some of my favorites with you.
My all time favorite is a country general store ledger. It spans from 1891 to 1894 and has 834 pages of all of the transactions and accounts for those years. I love it even more because I have a photo of the store and I know some of the family history.


It came from the great Niece of SIMON HEBERLING and the store was called Heberling & Son General Store. Here is what the pages look like. I love how every one's name is written so wonderfully at the top. Mr. Heberling even has a special section in the back and for the account holder's name it just says, "Mother". Good Boy!


I can't believe they were willing to sell it, but at least it's in a good home. When I first got it in the mail I was so excited that I just randomly flipped out of order through the pages. About the 5th page I turned to had this name at the top and then I knew I was meant to have custodianship over this piece of history. Cool stuff.

13 comments:

Tammy said...

Complete and total ledger envy!

HopHopJingleBoo said...

hello, catching up here and love your blog..I'm an ol Texas girl, born in San Angelo, Tex! will be happy to add you to my growing eye candy list! Hope you want to join the bunny swap will be fun! ps..love the little girl in the shoe..

"Early Bird" said...

I've always struggled to read the handwriting of that era...
That is a neat item to have!
:)

Cheryl said...

great follow-up to the voodoo!
www.stashstudios.com

Angela said...

What a wonderful collection! I would cherish them too! Thank you for sharing with us!
*HUGS*

Lori said...

i am so glad you are doing the bunny swap!!
am VERY jealous of your lovely ledger collection, i only have two *so sad*...where do you get them? i got mine on ebay but BOY do the prices escalate in a hurry...these are obviously a hot~ticket~item!!...oh yes and mine do NOT feature lovely writing...

Sadie Olive said...

Beautiful! And how fun to know the history of some of them! I would cherish them too.

The Feathered Nest said...

Oh how I love your ledgers! I have fallen in love with old books in general, discolored, falling to pieces are my favorites. But I have to tell you that handwriting in those ledgers is true artwork! xxoo, Dawn

misty said...

oh my goodness....these are so wonderful!!! How lucky you are to have found them! wow, so very cool! I can imagine your excitment when you find a new one.

thank you so very much for your kind comment the other day... ;-)

Pam Aries said...

Cool ledgers! I never see them anywhere! ..Say , I am still getting over your last post about the Voodoo computer! Wow~! What great marketing! It rained and stormed like crazy here yesterday!

lindaharre said...

Isn't the handwriting beautiful! I love the look of the old ink as well. I have several ledgers myself, but as gorgeous as this.

Sharon said...

I have no ledgers, can't find any but I just 30 minutes ago scored 2 great big red dictionaries. I don't need them but the covers are to die for and what I have been looking for.
Do you just cherish the ledgers are do you use them?

Rose Garden Romantic said...

What a great collection!! How fun to have the family history and photo from that big one! Congradulations of the new fancy computer! My husband is a computer genius and computer gamer too, so he knew what it was and was quite impressed! :D
Michelle

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