Artifacts of Several Lifetimes

August 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.

pile of photos and other keepsakes

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.

jumbled pile of jewelry

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.

handwritten note on notebook paper

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?


  1. This is an adventure. I have been thinking about my parents home: Four thousand aware feet stuffed full of 50 plus years of collections and accumulations. I hope that your adventure is a blessing and that the memories you relive are happy ones. Hope you aren’t as sassy to your sister now. 😉

  2. Gosh Karla, this has taken me back ten years, thankfully I was by myself, leaving the analysis for my sisters over a year later.

    You will need a vacation to recover from such activity!

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