Friday, December 31, 2010

Neither Absent nor Tardy

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Well we know

Monday, December 27, 2010

Cosy Christmas

Friday, December 24, 2010

Dear Santa

Letter to Santa from my daughter Susanna, age 7.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

North to Alaska

Monday, December 20, 2010

Check out the ’stache

Friday, December 17, 2010

Please? Um...ok

One of my daughters drew this picture when she was 10, illustrating the time she broke her arm after succumbing to peer pressure. She rode her bike down a steep hill after being told the area was too dangerous.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Now I know, I know that it’s true

Monday, December 13, 2010

1901 birch bark souvenir

Summer of 1901. A souvenir of birch bark from Geo. McLeod of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario to his mother Mrs. Mary McLeod, Tilbury, Ontario. Ethel McLeod wrote her name underneath.

Friday, December 10, 2010

When I’m calling you

William E. McLeod’s homemade calling cards circa 1890.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

To My Trail-smitten Sister

Just who or what is Miss Sophie going to roll at the Pole? If you can figure it out, please let me know.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Anywhere Day or Night

This 1910 receipt is for a photo negative/print of a house in West Seattle. Note that Frank H. Nowell was the official photographer for Seattle's 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Emilienne’s 1916 catechism

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Batman on the palace wall

From a young woman's 2004 London travel journal.

Monday, November 29, 2010


Friday, November 26, 2010

My first day in school

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Snow much fun

Monday, November 22, 2010

A new Bone

Friday, November 19, 2010


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Go to the head of the class

On April 23, 1861, Hendrik Stephanus Baarslag received this certificate for diligence and good behavior from his Lutheran school in Amsterdam.

Monday, November 15, 2010

I have witnessed the Minnie

Side note: Ms. Riperton was also the mother of Saturday Night Live's Maya Rudolph. She passed away in 1979 at age 31 from breast cancer.

Friday, November 12, 2010

All the way with LBJ

I recently sold this 1964 Democratic National Convention book signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on eBay.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Reply hazy, try again

Monday, November 8, 2010

She is 5.

She is Nicole X.

Friday, November 5, 2010

With seventeen cents in our pocket

Susan and Tom were married on Dec. 22, 1963. Along with the usual mementos, their wedding memory book also includes newspaper clippings from the assassination of President Kennedy just a month earlier.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Love Tommy C

Monday, November 1, 2010

What’s Craigslist got to do, got to do with it?

From the back of a Reader's Digest.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Rest in peace

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Real men read True

They also shoot wild turkey, have baby boys and sport the latest in casual wear.

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Orange B = 30,000a"ach tea"
Cotton B = 35,000ac"achtea "

Only Post Season Game pay off
is East-west tilt - gives
Crippled kids Hosp. $1,325,000
Each senior a sweater, trinket &
$150 spending money.
20 million spent each New
Years & Promoters are
Cleaning up on College Sport.

As Many of you are interested
In hunting - will mention
article on Turkey - “How Tough
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which will rouse the corpusles
in all “hunting” men.
“Toughest thing on 2 legs”
In Carolinas, say "If man can
have baby boy & get wild turkey
he’s a real “Man”.
3 great game creatures in N.A
Alaskan Brn. Bear - Mt. Sheep - wild
Turkey - Turkey has sheeps
acute hearing - Bear keen nose
plus Eagle eyes - speed of Antelope
Cunning of Panther. That
leaves only Moose & I’ve seen
some trophy Gobblers with
beards a long as a moose &
twice as ornery.

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buy TRUE & read a good story
each Month.

All Men want to know whats
new in casual wear & in
Men’s Wearing Apparel.
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Another “Must” in a man’s
litirary world is a good
Adventure Story - True always
has 4 or 5 stories that are

Those who are interested
in Science are never
dissapointed when buying a

A good Mystery is always there
for those who like to guess
“Who Dun-it”

Monday, October 25, 2010

Red Jello

I went to old county Buffet
and I got Mac-and cheese
whith Red Jello and
when I was Done I
ate a Cupcake and Ice-
Cream and a brownie. The
funniest that I Did was
when me my Brother and my
cusin I didn't know were
the Bath room was and they
had to go and I didn't
see the girl's Bath rood
and I thot that was the only
Bath room and it was the
man Bath room and I
Didn't Know That was the
Boy Bath room and I walked
in the Boy's Bath room and
I came out and then I
Knew That was The man's
Bath room and my cusin and
my Brother was laghing.

Friday, October 22, 2010

The Story of Paper 1929

Ruth Boyer, a student at Seattle's Seward School, made this charming book as a class assignment in 1929. Typewritten poems about books make up the first half. The second half is the history of paper including little square samples. Miss Boyer deserved better than a C+!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

War Chest

Carmen Mattox, a student at Queen Anne High School in Seattle, pledged $4.00 to the War Chest Campaign in 1942. Adjusted for inflation, that would be $52.00 today.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Clayton is no wolf

Clayton Ried
All right when Nancy is along.
I'm flattered but he is a swell guy & no wolf.
He makes a very good chauffeur, how am I as a rider?

Found in an early 1940s scrapbook, three high school girls apparently passed this note around class, writing their impressions of Clayton.

Friday, October 15, 2010

And things that go bump in the night

By Alan Makinen, Oct. 18, 1966.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

How to talk to a boy... to a girl

A 1967 Scholastic Book Services paperback.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Don't bother, they’re here

Friday, October 8, 2010

The Mighty Football Team of 1924

From the 1924 Hesperia yearbook from North Bend High School, North Bend, Oregon. Who was "Alabama Mystery" and why did he quit school?

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

1867 Sep the 10 Dear Sister

Monday, October 4, 2010

And isn't it ironic

Is New Wife the same person as Blurry Name? Or, did New Wife discover the journal and take on the passive-aggressive editor role once she saw Blurry Name mentioned?

Friday, October 1, 2010

Unusual kid

I was my parents first
aneversiry present.
I learned to snap
my fingers by the time
I was one. I am holding
my puppy asleep on my
lap. Our first dog
died right after
having 7 puppies.
We had to bottle
feed the babies so
they would survive.
I saw Europe and was
too young to remember it.
I got in a bike
accident and was knocked
out. It took 2 days before
I recovered. I have talked
to Michel Jordan
and David Robinson.
I almost fell off
a cliff but was saved.
I have once shopped
at Rodeo Drive
so I guess I am
a unusual kid.