But when a beautiful book of photography combines history and a wonderful story line, it is more than a coffee table book. Now imagine beautiful photographs by Annie Leibovitz captured in iconic historical homes with her narrative and you have Pilgrimage.
I loved the book immediately. But there are two photographs that just captured my heart; a hanky embroidered by Louisa May Alcott with her initials and a page of the journal by her father, Bronson, with the outlines of his and Louisa May's hands.
A cord of familiarity was struck. I ran to the files to pull out my own piece of Louisa May Alcott history. I had acquired a grouping of signatures on cloth from an autograph auction in the 90's.
|The photograph of the hanky with Louisa's initials.with a period signature square. Notice the perforations around the edges of the block. It once graced a quilt and the signature blocks were removed leaving a trace of their prior use.|
|Louisa's photo transferred signature block allowing the original block to remain safe.|
Look up and not down
Look forward and not back
Look out and not in
Lend a Hand
Edward E. Hale
So back to Pilgrimage... did I mention there is a section on Annie Oakley!!! I feel like there is another quilt coming on!!!!