A Personal Connection
|Collecting autographs - signed letters, documents, manuscripts, books, or photographs - has long been an exciting and deeply satisfying pastime. In today's world of fleeting electronic communication, these personal connections to the past offer the unique satisfaction of holding pieces of history, quite literally, in our hands.
|Autographs bring moments in time to life, often with incredible power. The window they open onto the past helps us better understand a person or event of importance to us. Autographs let us feel an individual's presence, experience his or her joy or sadness, inspiration or frustration, exultation or despair. In short, at their best, autographs convey the essence of an individual's personality.
|We define our present by examining its roots in the past, and autograph collectors preserve an important part of our heritage. Whether you collect letters from political figures explaining their motivations, musical scores by great composers, or pictures of famous actors with illuminating inscriptions, autographs offer valuable insights into the thoughts and aspirations of those who shaped history.
|The Pleasures of Autographs
|For many people, collecting autographs is a stimulating and absorbing pastime. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, for example, often turned to his autograph collection as a distraction from the pressures of the presidency. Others find autographs a way to learn more about the people and circumstances that especially intrigue them. Some present autographs as memorable gifts, delighting in their recipients' pleasure at owning a memento of an admired individual.
|Types of Autographs
Autographs are available in several forms:
|Fields of Interest
PADA dealers can offer you autographs in a wide range of collecting areas:
|Five Guidelines for Buying Autographs
|PADA's Mission Statement
To establish an autograph marketplace in which collectors can buy and sell with confidence and receive knowledgeable, accurate, and experienced advice.