This week's photos involve people holding or reading books. I do not have an old photograph of an ancestor holding a book. However I do have old books once owned by my family.
This book was owned by my maternal grandmother, Helen F. (Coyle) Gardner, 1897 - 1965. She grew up in New York City where she met and married Nathaniel Gardner.
You might associate grandmothers with cookbooks or flower books but this is a bit different. As a young woman my Nana was fascinated by astrology, crystal ball reading and other predictions for the future. This book is all about reading palms. I love the author's photo inside. He looks very serious. He calls himself simply, Cheiro.
Cheiro's Language of the HandOriginal copyright the year my Nana was born
"Complete practical work on the sciences of Cheirognomy and Cheiromancy, containing the system, rules and experience of Cheiro."
Sounds very scientific!
Go to Sepia Saturday to see great photos. it is always fun.