Edith barging in to say that Teresa Kander won the ARC of Farmed and Dangerous by commenting yesterday. Congratulations, Teresa!
By Sherry Harris where one day of spring-like weather disappeared faster than an ice cube in the Sahara
I was looking for a scrapbook I made when I was in third grade that was full of vintage valentines. I didn’t find the scrapbook but I did come across a bag of photos and postcards that were from my grandparent’s farm in Novinger, Missouri. I’m guessing keeping old photos in a plastic bag isn’t the smartest way to keep things. The chair in the background also came from my grandparents farm.
I didn’t find a valentine but I found an Easter card.
This seems to be some kind of attendance record. Each airplane represents a day my dad attended Sunday School. There’s a whole stack of them — a fall one with squirrels, a Christmas one with candles, one with cows, but I liked this one with the airplanes.
I found this picture of my grandfather in World War One. As I recall he was in New York City ready to board a ship for Europe but for some reason was pulled out and spent the war in NYC. I think it’s where these postcards came from. I love the colors.My dad served in World War Two. I think the first one was taken in Iowa City.This one is in the Philippines. He spent the war at headquarters instead of in combat because he knew how to type and could run the teletype machine. But he told us a story of how he and his buddy hadn’t finished digging their foxhole and the Japanese attacked. The pictures below are self explanatory.
And a picture of me from college that was in the newspaper my grandparents subscribed to. Can you tell which one is me?
Readers: Do you have a favorite old photo or postcard? What is it?
Love these old things, Sherry! I have a big postcard collection somewhere. And you’re second from the right, aren’t you?
I love old postcards and more scattered around the house. And yes, that is me. I just took a closer look at the article and it says I’m the social chairman — go figure.
It’s that smile that gives you away in the picture. Love those old postcards.
Thanks, Gram — that is a lovely thing to say. I think I’m going to have to find a way to frame the old postcards. They are really pretty.
If you frame them, keep them out of direct sunlight or they’ll fade. On the plus side, I assembled the postcards my grandmother sent from her Grand Tour of Europe in 1958, so I could give my sister a set, and the colors had held up beautifully (of course, they’ve been kept in the dark for more than half a century).
Good point, Sheila! I’m surprised they held up as well as they did. They were probably in my grandparents’ dank basement for years.
It’s wonderful to have a small glimpse into the past, even better when it’s connected to people you know. Before my father, no one in my family was into taking pictures, but I do have one photo of my great-great grandmother (toothless and wearing a shapeless black dress), her daughter, her grandson (my grandfather), and my mother at the age of two, taken in the back yard of their New Jersey home. When my daughter was a baby, I had a portrait done of my grandmother (who wasn’t in that earlier picture with her husband), my mother, me and my child, so in two pictures we cover six generations.
That was a great idea, Sheila! My family seemed to have lots of pictures taken. Unfortunately, many of them aren’t identified so it’s a mystery who is in them.
I loved looking at these pictures. I can’t think of the last time I looked at old pictures of postcards. I would bet somewhere around here I have my collection of post cards sent by my grandparents from their various trips abroad. Not that they’re nearly as old as these, but it would be the oldest stuff I have. The older stuff is at my parents’s.
Thanks, Mark! I have more — so much more! Even if your grandparents’ postcards aren’t as old I bet they are really interesting!
Oh, great idea for a post, Sherry. Perhaps when I am back in New England with my stuff, I’ll post one, too.
Do it, Barb! I’d love to see what you have tucked away!
Very enjoyable reading bout old postcards. I have several of my mother’s photo albums and high school scrapbook with pix, poems, song lyrics one has never heard of before. She was in high school during the late 20’s. Thanks for sharing your memories.
You are welcome, Elaine!
Timely post for me, since I am spending a few days sorting through the family albums – some I am seeing for the first time. Wow, do I have some blackmail worthy pictures of my cousins – lolol. My great grandmother had the loveliest wedding dress and another dress showed someone’s exquisite embroidery skills. So much fun to see the old styles.
Oooooh, Patti! I’d love to see the wedding dress and the other one! You will have to post them sometime.
I remember that “old” Sherry Novinger person. She has not changed a bit.
Sherry, I love you but you need to go see your eye doctor.
What a cool collection.
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