Artifacts of Several LifetimesAugust 1, 2013
Posted by Kanga. Please do not reblog.
The purpose of our USA trip is not a simple visiting of friends and family, although we are doing plenty of that. I am also spending time with my sisters going through our mother’s belongings to choose things to remember her by and decide what should be done with the rest. This is definitely not a two day project.
In addition to 1000’s of photographs, there are old election pins, a union membership book, fountain pens, RCA victor phonograph needles, our great uncle’s harmonica, and more. This is complicated because it is not just the memorabilia collected by our parents, but also what was inherited by them from previous generations.
The jewelry box’s hidden treasures range from Black Hills gold and Silver/turquoise to plastic jewelry from the 1940’s. Cracker Jack whistles, old dried up perfume bottles, and military insignia.
The biggest laugh came from this handwritten note: Certificate of Award to Marian Kessell for not gripping [sic] for a whole hour. Judging from the handwriting, I wrote this when I was about 11 or 12. Rather bold and sassy.
The adventure continues today, since we did not get through a full half of the boxes. What wonders will be next?