Old address books like old calendars can tell a story. Not everyone writes in theirs or saves the old ones, but those who do have a piece of their history preserved. The one in this photo was started in 1990 by my parents who lived in a small rural town in North Dakota. Now, 20 years old, this address book contains all of my addresses since then (5) as well as a name change when I got married in 1991. I'm glad to say that neither has since changed since 1994 when we moved into our current home.
Years ago I read an article in Mary Englebreit's Home Companion magazine (no longer in print) where Darci Smith wrote about old address books and how her mother kept the same two address books from her marriage in 1965 to the article's publication in 2003. Ms. Smith wrote of her mother's worn and tattered address books held together by a rubber band, "Their many scrawls and cross-outs form a map of the human heart."
In addition to having a snapshot in history of people and places, I also have both of my parent's handwriting in one place. Hopefully my children and their children will value this too.
What stories does your address book tell?