Sunday, December 4, 2011

Ann Onymous Visits the Facilities ...

To kick off Al's December "Sunday Scan's" postings, I present to you "Ann Onymous".
I found this delightful photo tucked into a photo album at the Goodwill (I ALWAYS thumb through these, you'd be surprised how many people leave a page or two of memories!).

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Did He Make It Big???

I found this entry on a Facebook page ... Josh Wagner was coming to Portland for a book reading and signing ... Note the only person who commented saying he was going to be there was one "Draven Ames" (this is important!).

This is the cover of a book I found written by Josh.

Signed to "Draven".

I somehow think maybe Draven didn't "make it" after all.
I found this book at the Goodwill Outlet Store!!!

To see all things scanned, visit Al's "Sunday Scans" - you still have a week to enter YOUR November scans!!!

Monday, November 21, 2011

My Favorite Halloween Photo ...

This was taken around 12 years ago ... and is one of my all-time favorite photos.

Yep, that's me (boy was I young looking then) and my twins (all growed up now, sniff).

Georgia is the vampire about to bite my neck.
Victoria is the lovely princess about to swoon.

Wonderful, isn't it?

To see wonderful and evocative scans, visit Al's "Sunday Scans" - there is still time to submit your November scans!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Tiffi Shares Her Heart Art

I was visiting my nieces and nephews last week ...
As I was getting ready to leave, Tiffi pressed something into my hands ...
When I looked down, I found this beautiful artwork!

With a wonderful heart nose!

Thank you, Tiffi. I love you.

To see hearts from around the world, visit "Random Hearts" - and share YOUR heart on Guest Heart Thursday!

To see scanned stuff from around the world, visit Al's "Sunday Scans"!

To see beautiful art, visit Beth's "FATuesday Artist Spotlight"!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Cleeburg, Germany - Gasthous

I found this old picture of a sign in my Germany photo album.

I even remember why it was so important to me!
The first year my (ex) was stationed in Germany was spent in a downstairs apartment of a house in the tiny town of Cleeburg. The house was almost directly across the street from the local gasthaus!
This sign helped to guide me home in those first few months of driving in a strange country when I couldn't read the signs, and didn't know my way around (let alone knowing the language to stop and ask for directions)!

Have you scanned something lately? If so, be sure to link up with Al's "Sunday Scans" - there are still two more weeks to post your November scans!

To see signs from around the world, visit Lesley's "Signs, Signs".

Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Bash Game Card

Someone had a lot of fun at the Halloween Bash.
Too bad they donated their game card,
along with their cool 1970's style costume ... to the Goodwill!

Not TOO bad, though, because now it's MINE!!!

Happy Halloween!
Enjoy YOUR Bash!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Wild Wild West - Friday's Fences

I was entranced by this picture I found in Grandpa and Grandma G's photo album from their trip through the US Southwest in the early 1980's.

Don't you just love this fence and gate?

It's Friday's Fences time - join us over at "Life According to Jan and Jer" to see interesting fence pictures from around the world!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Church Library Builder With Hearts

Years ago the local Christian Supply Centers joined a program whereby people would "earn" a stamp worth 5 cents for every dollar they spent in the stores. They would save the stamps in a special "book" and, when it was full, their church could redeem it for free books for their libraries!

I found this partially filled out Savings Stamp Book in a drawer of clippings and miscellaneous papers that mom asked me to help clean out.

While this was a wonderful program, and an interesting piece of ephemera, my REAL thrill came when I realized I finally found some of mom's "41 heart" doodles!!!

Let me explain about the "41 heart" doodles ... ever since I can remember, my mom would draw the number 41 with a heart around it. On church bulletins, on little bits and pieces of paper ... while she was talking on the phone, while she was in the mood to doodle. I remember when I was maybe 10 years old I asked her "why". I remember her answer distinctly. She said, with all of her motherly authority "something very BIG and SPECIAL is going to happen on my 41st birthday."

Mom's 41st birthday fell on Sunday, May 18th, 1980.
Does that date sound vaguely familiar?
It is the day Mt. St. Helens in Washington state erupted.
We drove to the top of the hill behind our house and watched it - in stunned disbelief.

And told mom she was NEVER to doodle again!

To see hearts from around the world, visit "Random Hearts" - and share YOUR heart on Guest Heart Thursday!

To see other fun things found and scanned, visit Al's "Sunday Scans" - this monthly link is closed for October - but November will be here soon - and we want to see what you have scanned!!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Different Kind of Mad Hatter!

I found this wonderful drawing while doing a transfer from an old hard drive that I was getting rid of.

It is titled "Mad Hatter".

It was drawn by my daughter, but sssshhhhh please don't tell her! She doesn't know I found it!
And she doesn't think she's talented!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Kay Windsor Clothing

I am fascinated with old advertising ...
Like this fashion ad I found in a pile of magazine clippings in the recycle bin at my old storage unit - a long time ago ...

I had to laugh at the description ...
"Gay-as-a-musical clothes whirl you into fall and winter at the drop of a tiny (bank) note!"

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Mickey Mouse - Found at Goodwill

I couldn't believe it when I found this wonderful comic book in one of the bins at the Goodwill Outlet Store (gosh how I LOVE that place!). It was in a plastic sheet protector, and I'm shocked that someone hadn't grabbed it before I got there.

It is dated August 1965, and is in perfect shape.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Found Art ...

Mom was at a writers conference last month at Camp Wainema along the Oregon coast ...

During her free time, she was free to wander along the beach ...

Something caught her eye - a piece of paper tucked under a rock.
It had been there a while ... it's ragged edges fluttering in the wind.

When she picked it up, she was surprised at what she found.
Not trash as she first assumed ...

But a beautiful pencil sketch.
Of mountains, trees, clouds, wind.

Who drew this scene?
Why did they leave it behind?
Who knows - I think it was meant for mom to find.
An inspiration.
A mystery.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Rag Doll Sheet Music

Look what I found at the Goodwill (LOVE that store!) just yesterday ...
Sheet music!
Rag Doll
by Nacio Herb Brown

Featured by
Constance Mering & Muriel Pollock
Recording Artists

Published by Sherman, Clay & Co.
San Francisco

copyright MCMXXIV (1924)

I was caught by the wonderful picture on the front - the rag doll on the wooden car being stopped by the toy policeman!
It's adorable!

And it's another delightful scan to add to Al's "SUNDAY SCANS"!!!
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Thursday, October 13, 2011

"Payne" at Goodwill ...

I took some time off this week, while waiting for my brother to get out of an appointment, to do some "bin" shopping at the Portland Goodwill Outlet store.

As usual, I ended up spending more time than I anticipated, and was late picking up my brother. Sorry, Bro, but you just couldn't compete with the STUFF I found!

Scattered about one of the bins were bits and pieces of the life of one
"Bill Payne" - mostly surrounding Andrew Jackson High School (graduated 1981) and Ricks College (commencement announcement 1983 - Pre-Dentistry).

I couldn't help but pick up this wonderful memorabilia!

I looked up "William Payne Dentist Oregon" online ... and there is one ... in Salem.
I may try to contact him, if only to get the story of how this stuff (if it is indeed his!) ended up in an Outlet store in Portland! If I do, I will let you know!

This is my third entry to this month's "SUNDAY SCANS".
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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Blue Swan Minikins - Sunday Scans

I found this unique advertisement in a bunch of old magazine clippings I picked up out of a dumpster at my storage unit years ago.

I don't know what amazes me more ... the style of the ad ... or the fact that the 'undies' are just 79 cents!!!

This is my first post to this month's "Sunday Scans"!!!

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Ppppplay Ballll!!!! - Found Photos for Sunday Scans

I found a package of slightly damaged photos in a bag of mostly garbage beside the road a while back.
I was dismayed to find someone's precious memories inside.

Someone who got to see a very special ball game ...

With players I don't recognize (sorry, I don't watch baseball).

Someone whose memories apparently included a photo op with at least one of the players!

It must have been a team much admired ... someone had a wonderful time!

It breaks my heart when I see photos like this thrown away.
That's why they end up in my "found photo" file ...

Now they will also end up being part of Al's "Sunday Scans"!!!

P.S. - Do you recognize any of these players? If you do, leave me a comment! These photos intrigue me!!! Also, if you have scanned something, be sure to join us over at "Sunday Scans" - it is a monthly meme now, and that gives you several more weeks to SCAN IT!!!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

I Heart Gift Bags

I love gift bags. Some of them are so much prettier than any wrapping I could ever come up with - even if I had the time!

The only problem with gift bags is that sometimes they are just way too cute or pretty to give away! I guess I'm not alone ... I found a stash of brand new gift bags at a thrift store at one point, and bought a few of them.

Can you guess why I grabbed this one?
Um, could it be because of the HEARTS?
Of course!!!

To see hearts from around the world, visit "Random Hearts" - and share YOUR heart on Guest Heart Thursday!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Grandma's Photo Journal - Found at Goodwill

I couldn't believe it when I found a small "Photo Journal" at the Goodwill Outlet Store - with pictures still inside!

The photos were taken in the spring and summer of 2006 ...

As the grandkids went about their summertime activities.

Like playing in the pool ...

Those who know me are not surprised that I had to save these wonderful photos, even though I have no idea who these people are, or where they live. I just can't stand seeing these beautiful memories shredded and sent to the dump!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

1943 Found Photo

My friend Randy is helping a lady move out of an old farm house. Since he is a truck driver, she asked him to bring a load of garbage to the dump.

After dropping off the load, he looked in the back of the truck and found this photo that had fallen out of one of the bags (the back is stamped "1943").
When I showed it to Dad, he exclaimed "Oh! That looks just like one of the Army barracks I stayed at before I went overseas during WWII!"

He pointed out the bedrolls ("we ALL had to roll them just like that"), and the helmets at the ends of the cots ("where we hung our rucksacks"). He also pointed out the old stove ("boy did that stove pipe get hot") and the cots themselves ("they were the most uncomfortable beds I ever slept on - metal mesh stretched over frames. Sometimes the mesh would break, and you would get poked all night by the sharp ends")

I can't believe someone would throw away this bit of history, but I'm ecstatic that Randy found it and thought of me.

And I am even more in awe of those military veterans who endured so much and gave so much.
Thank you to ALL veterans.
Even though Thank You is not enough ...

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Vintage Cigar Bands - Sunday Scans

Each year a small town just to the northwest of us hosts a large "yard" sale in front of their middle school. The object is to raise funds for their high school dance team.

I hadn't thought about the sale in years, but last Saturday I "accidentally" found it while on my way to our family reunion. I just HAD to stop.

One of the small treasures I found was a tiny plastic bag filled with 80+ cigar bands. I was intrigued, and dug to the bottom of my purse (AKA 'the black hole of the universe') to find two quarters.

I took my find home and did some research ... I had no idea there are people who collect cigar bands! And this must have been part of someone's collection - they are all quite old, and some of them have never been used to wrap a cigar!

As with most of my finds, I am intrigued by these beauties. Who used to collect them? Why did they get rid of them? Is this their whole collection or just duplicates?
How did they end up supporting a dance team?

Once again, I will never know. But they are now part of my ephemera collection, and this sampling is this week's addition to Al's "SUNDAY SCANS". If you have scanned something, please share it with us! Al has decided to make this a monthly theme, so you have plenty of time to join us each month!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Western Union - Sunday Scans

I snuck off by myself to Goodwill yesterday - I found a few treasures, but mostly I just had fun.
I was overjoyed to find this wonderful telegram, it sparked my curiosity completely!

Apparently "John" was in Germany when his wife experienced a life altering event, and he was unable to be there.

Did she graduate from college?
Did she have a baby?
I'll probably never know!

I am submitting this wonderfully tantalizing Western Union telegram to Al's "Sunday Scans" - and I encourage everyone to join us - and show us what YOU have scanned!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Another Found Family Photo

I found this adorable picture in the stuff my uncle brought over after Grammie went to heaven. This is my dear darling sister - back in the 1st grade!!! She would have been about 6 years old.
Isn't she cute? I was always jealous of her long flowing hair (still am!), while mine was dry, frizzy and short. Sigh.

And don't you just love the outfit she was wearing?

I missed last week's "Sunday Scans", but now I am back! I am so thankful to Al for hosting this wonderful meme! Like I said last time, it would probably have been years before I looked in the box that held so many wonderful family treasures and photos. Thank you, Al, Thank you!!!

P.S. Al, Sissie Beth's computer up and died, and she wanted you to know she will be back to Sunday Scans as soon as possible!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Found at Goodwill - Old Photo

I was browsing through the books at the Goodwill Outlet store on Friday (the next stop for this stuff is the shredder and/or shipment overseas).

I found a series of books of "classics" (maybe 15 of them) published in 1910. I wanted so badly to buy them, but even at $2 each, it was beyond my limited budget. Sigh.

As I flipped through one of them, this photo fell out, and I was entranced.
So many unanswered questions ... who took it? Where was it taken? When was it taken? How did it end up as a bookmark?

I will never know the answers to those questions. But I know that from now on, this beautiful old snapshot has a history - with me!

Join us over at Al's "Sunday Scans" - and show us what YOU'VE scanned recently!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Found Family Photos!

When I was growing up, I always thought my Uncle Lawrence was the most handsome man in the world - even better looking than Elvis!
I also thought my Aunt Barbara was a queen - she had such a regal aura!

The baby in their arms is my cousin David ... the picture would have been taken in 1957 or 1958.

I love this picture strip of Uncle Lawrence and baby David.

Thank you again, Al for hosting "Sunday Scans"!
Without you, it would probably have been YEARS before I looked in that box of papers my uncle brought me after Grammie passed away - and these wonderful family treasures would still be hidden!!!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Donnie and Marilynn - Sunday Scans

This is one of a group of old photos I found in a photo album at the Goodwill several years ago. Most of the photos had been removed from the album, but I found 2 pages that were stuck together - pictures intact between them!

The picture is titled "Donnie & Marilynn".

I love the look on Donnie's face, and how Marilynn is standing on the upended log, not even noticing that her photograph is being taken - she's more interested in playing with the dog!

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Sunday, June 26, 2011

How Many Tires???

These are more pictures I found in Grampa and Grandma G's travel album from a trip they took to the US West back in the early 1980's. I wasn't sure why they took a picture of this heavy equipment truck ... maybe it was the stark shadows???

Then I realized their interest. The large truck was catching up to this convoy of vehicles moving what appears to be a massive tank of some kind. There are at least 3 people visible in the photo.

Look at all of those tires!

Join us over at Al's "Sunday Scans", as we share all things scanned ... we want to see YOUR old stuff!

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Grampa Lester

Grampa Lester was born in 1894 in St. Johns, Portland, Oregon.
This photo was taken in June of 1912, when he was 18.
The "small lad" is John McCormick (a cousin).

This picture was probably taken on a rare family trip to the Oregon coast - via horse and wagon, over non-paved roads up and over the Coast Range. The entire trip took 2 months, camping the entire time! The extended family would caravan together, and share chores. Once they took a milk cow with them!

Can you imagine taking that kind of "vacation" now?

Join us over at Al's "Sunday Scans", as we share all things scanned ... we want to see YOUR old stuff!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Germany photos, 1987

We lived for a year in a tiny town in Germany (1986-1987) ...
Cleeberg. Such a beautiful place!

The best part was the drive to work, where we passed sleepy little towns, and beautiful German countryside.

This is the house we lived in ... we rented a tiny apartment in the basement.

And frequented the "Gasthaus" just down the street.

Best of all was the castle in the middle of town ...
(A private residence, so we never got to go inside -- but that's okay, I could see a glimpse of it from my little kitchen window, and dream big dreams!)

To see scans from around the world, visit Al's "Sunday Scans" - and show us YOUR old stuff!

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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Fire Lookout Tower - Snake River

Back in the early 1980's, my ex and my brother-in-law took a road trip to extreme Eastern Oregon.

One of the stops they made was a fire lookout tower (I believe it was Hat Point, but I'm not positive).

The pictures were taken by my ex.

View looking down from the tower.

View of the Snake River canyon far below ...
I like the shadow of the fire lookout tower - to give you an idea of how tall it is!

Another view from the top of the tower, looking over the parking lot to the valley beyond ...

The Snake River far below looks like a mere thread!

To see shadows from around the world, visit "Hey Harriet", and join us for Shadow Shot Sunday.

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