Saturday, August 22, 2009

1931 Silverware Replacement Guarantee

I don't remember how I came into possession of this silverware replacement guarantee from 1931.

I just wish I had the silverware to go along with it!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

1916 Mothers Magazine, The Strange Case of Mary Page

The Strange Case of Mary Page was a black and white, silent, 15 part series (made for the big screen). It apparently made quite a hit, with both good and not-so-good reviews.

Hmmmm I wonder who really did kill the drunken Dave Pollock? I'll probably never know.

Monday, August 17, 2009

1918 YMCA Christmas Greetings, WWI

I found this YMCA Christmas 1918 greeting in Grammie's stuff.
Her husband, my Grampa Lester, was a veteran of WWI.
He must have received this while overseas that year.
I think it must have meant a lot to him.
And to her.
To me as well.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

1916 Mothers Magazine, Colgate's Ribbon Dental Cream

"It is much better to take pains with your teeth than to have your teeth taken with pains."
So true in 1916 ... so true today!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Tale of the Wandering Wallet

There is a story here ...
Late one night (around midnight) I heard a commotion at the abandoned church across the street. I went outside to listen. What I heard was ... dozens of flip-flops ... running full tilt down the road. Yep, a whole herd of teenagers apparently spooked themselves in the building and were running for their lives. Snicker.

The next morning I saw something on the road leading up to the building. It was a wallet! I picked it up and found it belonged to a 16-year-old high school student from a nearby town. Presumably one of the runners.

I called the police and told them what had happened. Twenty minutes later a deputy showed up and took possession of the wallet. He said he looked forward to locating the owner. I told him he should look for the owner's parents instead ... the deputy snickered and said 'yeah, that's what I meant". Boy would I have liked to have been a fly on the wall listening to that particular conversation!!!

Friday, August 7, 2009

1916 Mothers Magazine, Layette Pattern

What a cute layette pattern for a brand new baby. Too bad they don't sell patterns for a dime anymore!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Paper Dolls

This delightful paper doll cowboy is shootin' for your affection.

I love the innocence the artist somehow caught in the glance of this cute little firegirl.

Lead me to the rodeo! This little cowgirl is quite flirty isn't she?

I'm not sure where these paper dolls came from. I found them in my boxes of paper "stuff" I have been trying to go through and organize. They are made out of heavy paper, and it is a wonder they survived without falling apart.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

1961 Direct Distance Dialing

At 11 PM on May 20, 1961, telephone service in Portland, Oregon changed forever. No longer did a person making a long distance call have to dial the operator, give them the number they were trying to reach, and wait for a connection.

And you gotta love the rotary phones they had!

Some of my early telephone memories involve rotary phones and "party lines". Phone service has come a long way since then!