September 16, 2010Snips And Scraps
So y’all, I was at this Estate Sale back in 2007. The lady that did this particular sale usually has things priced a bit high, so I wanted to go on the last day when everything would be half off. It was in a “fancy” part of town, where all the houses were big and I thought there would probably not be too much I was interested in. I walked around the house a bunch of times looking and scrounging for something when I found this scrapbook shoved in a corner under a bunch of other stuff.
I thought it was just beautiful. It was obviously hand made, and I could tell the owner really cherished it because she had taken the time to go back through the scrapbook and put those little hole reinforcement circles around each and every hole on all of the pages in the book. The book is made out of wood and it has a hinged cover. The ‘Bridal Memories’ is also done in wood and is raised up from the surface of the book.
When I first looked at the cover I noticed the wedding bells with the wedding date chiseled in it; I thought it said 1958, but I soon found out this book was actually from 1938!
I really had mixed feelings about buying this scrapbook, but not because I didn’t love it. You see, the lady who made this scrapbook – Helen, well her only son was right there during the estate sale and was letting these cherished family memories go. I really was heartbroken at the thought of him not wanting this book at all, when his mother obviously loved it so very, very much. I heard his mother was in a nursing home at that time, I’m sure she would have loved to look at her scrapbook pages again and again. To feel the wedding cards. To read the sentiments and well wishes……
Her gorgeous wedding dress was also for sale that day, but the half off price was $175! YIKES!!! So, I had to pass on that. I hope someone gave it a good home though.
I could tell the way things were going at this sale the book was either going to end up in the trash or as a donation to Goodwill, or some other charity. This is a very fragile book, with construction paper type pages that are falling apart now; I could not picture this book surviving Goodwill. So, I paid my $10 and sadly walked away with Helen’s scrapbook full of memories.
Here are some of the scanned pages. There were many more pages that I did not scan. Pages and pages of wedding and shower cards, old Christmas cards, newspaper clippings, etc. You can see in some of the scans where the pages are chipping at the edges (and where Helen reinforced the all the pages with hole circles). I also had to, kind of, glue many of the pages back together because they were ripping apart.
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Here is her wedding invitation.
Here is a picture of her in her awesome wedding dress along with a wedding card.
Here is her wedding announcement.
Here are some pictures of the church and reception areas.
Here is her receipt for the marriage license. See 7/7/38! WOW!
Here a some Western Union Telegrams. So Sweet!
Here are some more wedding cards. I really love these old cards! You can see on some of the cards, that are just one sided, she wrote what she received from that person as a gift. Each and every wedding card had a note inside as to what the wedding gift was!
Here is a place card along, with a bridge card, and a clipping of Helen during a visit. She is so beautiful!
Here is a page full of newspaper clippings detailing the big move to Missouri!
So, Helen, where ever you are – your scrapbook is safe with me………………