Signed Initiation Paddle (?) from 1955

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We believe this is an initiation paddle of some sort (hopefully it wasn’t actually used, but was more ceremonial than utilitarian).  The front says “To Bob from Dane” in extravagantly curly-cue lettering.  The back contains more than two dozen signatures, and is inscribed with the date “1955” as well as some other lettering we can’t quite make out.

The pictures below include closeups of the signatures.

Condition:  The paddle is in good condition, but with some dings here and there.

Dimensions:  I’ll have to add them later, but the pictures show it is fairly large… maybe 18″ long?

Price:  $18.00 plus Maine sales tax of 99c for a total of $18.99.

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In memory of my beloved husband John K Snyder… 20 Sept 1956 – 21 Oct 2016.
He loved our shops, especially Heritage Books, Maps & Ephemera – it was his baby.

He loved me, and oh how I loved him.

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