Sunday, January 9, 2011

Long Ago Christmas Memorabilia

Carolyn at sent me a folder containing this wonderful picture and memorabilia that her mother, Virginia Lee, had done in the early part of the 1900's.   She was going to do (and did)  a post on her blog at Christmas time but thought I might not get to see it when I was gone over the holiday.   I asked her if she would mind if I did a post using these lovely pieces and she was happy to let me do it.  The picture is of her mother when she was five years old in 1916.  Then comes the envelope and letter to Santa Claus from 1918.  What a sweet letter - I love the "And thats all" underlined to emphasize her wishes which are very specific and not excessive at all.  Along the side is something about a ring, I think, which she would like to have if he has any.  She has underlined "go to" then added the address of her home. 

There is also  one of her colored drawings which is what Christmas is all about.  How sweet, how refreshing,  and how fortunate for Carolyn that she has this wonderful group of items from her mother's childhood.  Thanks for sharing, Carolyn.
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  1. That's a very interesting piece of letterhead that she wrote her letter on. I assume she was the daughter of one of the Schotten (brothers?) listed in the upper right corner. The left sidebar refers to a system for stocking coffee, but I assume they also branded tea & spices as well.

  2. Great post! I always look forward to seeing what kids played with and surrounded themselves with back then. And I also enjoy seeing the Christmas trees and how they were decorated. Thanks for sharing the great set.