Introduction -- From a Shoebox

Welcome to "My Dearest Dorely". This blog is to showcase letters and postcards and other small documents from the late 1800's into the late 1900's. These were found one day by my husband as he was throwing trash into the dumpster at the hardware store where we worked. We have saved them, never quite knowing what to do with them--just knew that we didn't want them to end up at a landfill.


With the ability to blog, this means that we can show these letters to the world, and get help with interpretation (there are many written in a foreign language) and we can get some help with identifying some of the photos on the postcards and the locations from where these documents originated.


(Since two World Wars have taken place since these letters and postcards were written, some of the scenery might well have changed from those days.)


It would be our ultimate goal to get these letters to the relatives or family of the authors of them.


Come along for a fun adventure as we try to solve some mysteries!


I will show each piece of correspondence, and will include any other information that I can with each piece, such as the postmark and what address and country the letter originated from.


There is a good quantity of letters and postcards to go through, so I shall be here awhile! Interesting subjects can be found in some of the letters. In one, the Lindbergh baby kidnapping is discussed, in another, the Hindenburg explodes! I hope you find the handwriting as beautiful as I do, some letters are five and six pages long! They come from many countries spread around this great big world.


(I have no idea who is pictured in the above photo. Several photos were in the shoebox, but the people pictured in most of them are not identified.)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Introduction -- From a Shoebox





Welcome to "My Dearest Dorely".  This blog is to showcase letters and postcards and other small documents from the late 1800's into the late 1900's.  These were found one day by my husband as he was throwing trash into the dumpster at the hardware store where we worked.  We have saved them, never quite knowing what to do with them--just knew that we didn't want them to end up at a landfill.

With the ability to blog, this means that we can show these letters to the world, and get help with interpretation (there are many written in a foreign language) and we can get some help with identifying some of the photos on the postcards and the locations from where these documents originated.  

(Since two World Wars have taken place since these letters and postcards were written, some of the scenery might well have changed from those days.)

It would be our ultimate goal to get these letters to the relatives or family of the authors of them.

Come along for a fun adventure as we try to solve some mysteries!

I will show each piece of correspondence, and will include any other information that I can with each piece, such as the postmark and what address and country the letter originated from.  

There is a good quantity of letters and postcards to go through, so I shall be here awhile!  Interesting subjects can be found in some of the letters.  In one, the Lindbergh baby kidnapping is discussed, in another, the Hindenburg explodes!  I hope you find the handwriting as beautiful as I do, some letters are five and six pages long!  They come from many countries spread around this great big world.

(I have no idea who is pictured in the above photo.  Several photos were in the shoebox, but the people pictured in most of them are not identified.)

4 comments:

  1. I will be on board, reading as you post these very interesting letters and postcards, it'll feel like peeking into their lives unaware.

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  2. Thanks, it will take me a while to get all the typing and photographs done. One by one, is how I'll have to do it.

    Thanks for stopping in and for being one of my first followers!
    xoxo
    Joni

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  3. Congratulations for this baby-blog! For sure it's interesting! I LOVE to know how people lived in the past. I hope lots of misteries will be illuminated with the help of this blog. And maybe, in the end, when everything will be clear, you will publish a book!?
    Good luck!
    I'm in :-)

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  4. I'm following along.
    I just can't grasp how things like these get thrown away. I wish I had this kind of history from my family!
    I started collecting old photographs of children and babies mostly because I feel so bad that they were someone's mother, daughter, aunt and the photo somehow ended up in an antique store or at a flea market. I felt as if I had to take them home to show them the respect that they deserve...and that's what you're doing here.

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