I went to three different estate sales this weekend. As per usual, the loot I like the very best came from the sale in the most run-down area of town. The lady who was acting as cashier at that sale was taking her good ol' time cashing out the lady in front of me, (exchanging life stories, etc) which serendipitously gave me time for a second perusal of the tables. Then I saw the cache of unused greeting card from (I'm guessing here) the early 1950's. The pics don't really capture how charming they are - many of them are embossed, glittered or on a textured paper. I so love the graphics. The sentiments inside are lovely, too. The "picturesque Niagara" book is a souvenier photo book dated 1901. Here's the story. My daughter sold a car on Ebay. My son delivered it to the lady in Ohio who bought it. She was so thrilled with a clean, well-running car, she sent the book along with a thank-you note. The date 1901 makes me guess that it was originally purchased during the Pan-American Exhibition held in Buffalo, New York. That, history buffs will remember, is where President McKinley was felled by an assasin's bullet resulting in Theodore Roosevelt's being sworn in as president. ( I love telling stories like that to my students. They generally assume that I was an eyewitness to historical events like that.)
These images are from some correspondence note personalized for someone named June. As it happens, I know two girls named June, so I'm going to divvy them up. There were quite a few of each design, so there's nough to share and some left over. When I showed my ehemera to friend Becky, she asked "What will you use them for?" That gave me pause. My response was a stammered, "I dunno". What does one do with such treasures?