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Title: Autograph Book
Identifier: 2005.4.101
Donor: Barbara Larson
Item Date: 1925-1933
Image Creator: Museums of Mississauga
Creation Date: 2006
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A brown birch bark booklet, sewn together with black thread. The book contains 14 birch bark pages. The front cover has a flower like design drawn on and outlined with small pin holes. Two of the inside pages have curled in. Inside the front cover is written 'Dora L. Sayers, Clarkson, Ontario'. The autographs on the inside pages are as follows : 'Kitty Freddie Ahern; Nancy Ellis (Boob); B.F. Noyes; Helen W. Lawson; Lyndsie Bed; Marilynn Anson; Grace McKay; Isabel Shirley; Tom Armour; Audrey Lawson; Eleanor Robinson; Kate Call; Norah Fletcher; P. Roots; Mark MacKay; Jay Johnston; Ruth Light brown; Darby Marshall; Beatrice Nelson; H. Gordon; Gertrude Cameron; Elsie Beauchamp; Isabelle Leslie; Mary Busby; Helen Clarke; Edith Chambers; E.B. Cameron; Hilda Lyon; Ella Perkins; Eileen Richards; Margaret Pulley; K. Colloton; Faith Robinson; Kate Sayers 1928; Betty Sayers; Elizabeth Smith; Wilma Hamilton; Betty Winlow; Bill Smith and Peggy Russell'.

History: Autograph booklet belonged to Dora Sayers. Dora (1915-2004) was the granddaughter of Arthur and Mary Harris of Benares. Dora lived closed to Benares estate in a number of homes. For a short time during WWI she lived at Benares with her mother and brother while her father went overseas as an officer.

Dora started acting at age 10 appearing in school plays and later in local stage productions. She later found work at the University of Toronto¿s Hart House Theatre. At the age of 21 Dora moved to New York and would go on to perform in a wide variety of productions all over North America. She also helped form the United Services Organization back in 1941. The USO was best known for the travelling vaudeville reviews that entertained Allied troops in Europe and the Pacific during WWII.
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