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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

You're Invited: 1930

You're Invited: 1930

From an old family scrapbook: "Come to our picnic and egg hunt at Bull Creek bridge Thursday April 17 1930 at 10 oclock." Inola, Oklahoma. View full size.

Thank goodness construction paper keeps!

Such a neat thing to have! I have many similar things that were in some of the boxes of my grandparents' things. Many are art projects done by mother when she was in school, in the 30s. These things are so valuable! I see TV shows where they try to help people dig out from piles of clutter, where I don't think they do a very good job of making the distinction between family history and worthless clutter.

Big Dummy

I know it's silly, but this just brought me to tears.

Keepsakes

Some people keep only necessities and do not clutter up their homes with unneeded stuff. Others hang on to the past, almost in layers, like time capsules. When my mom died in 1996, we went through dresser drawers layered like Tutankhamen's tomb going all the way back to the year my parents bought our house. Beneath the Mother's Day gift of oilcloth holders for ration stamps from WW 2 (hand made by her kids in elementary school) we found memorabilia from the New York World's Fair of 1939 and a Sunday comic from the same year. Her "keepers" were a living history of her life. Some people have tidier homes, but hers was much more interesting. I have decided to continue to keep all the treasures she kept, although to most people they are worthless. Somebody else can dispose of them when I'm gone. This pictured eighty-year old invitation represents a child's efforts to create something. Who could just trash it?

Charming

I have kept many mementos like this myself, it's fun to see one from 1930. Thank you.

My Regrets

I'm sorry I missed it. I bet they had a really good time.

Wonderful

This is utterly charming. I am so glad it was kept in your family.

A keeper!

This is the kind of ephemera a parent would keep for years, then an adult child would discard when clearing out the parent's estate. How wonderful that someone recognized its charm and preserved it.

This just charms me

Such earnest application of pencil to paper.

 
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