Yesterday, I posted on Facebook a link to the Washington Post article about an old letter written by Thomas Jefferson was found at an Alexandria, VA American Legion by a colleague of mine Candice Bennett. Wow is all I can say, I've been on a high about it since I read the article and I didn't have anything to do with it.
I do have my own historical gem to share. Last year, I hardly did any scrapbooking (a far cry from the year I did over 20 albums) and over the Christmas holiday I took some time to reassemble my Grandmother's scrapbooks. The most precious item I found was a 1938 high school graduation announcement for my grandfather's brother.
First of all the design and quality and texture of the paper was exceptional. It's cardstock weight, the fold along side the ribbon is scored, the ribbon is tightly done, there are three layers of paper, the green inside shadowing sheet has a satin-like finish and the year is gold embossed. I love the Christian theme to it, see the fish symbol and the dove. Check out the die cut window for the graduate's name and the raised lettering. It's even tri-fold, I haven't seen that in a graduation announcement ever! I can't imagine what the cost of this was back in 1938.
So here is the graduate, my uncle Henry. I knew him as a child, he was short, slow moving and smoked cigars...I met two of his granddaughters for the first time this summer, I hope they enjoy this post.
A quick note about this photo,, first of all it's about the size of my thumbnail...it fell into the cuff of my pants while I was looking at old photos with my dad a number of years ago. I put the photo on a tray in my closet and low and behold I uncover it on the tray while rummaging through old change on that tray. It has finally made it's way to my scanner and now computer hard drive to be shared.