Monday, November 12, 2012

Blame it on the fish

Entry in a vintage 1964 high school yearbook. Note that the pen (and apparently their relationship) changes halfway through the message.

To my Dearest [boy's name],

Hi! It has been lots of fun knowing going with you and I hope we never break up. We have had so much fun together. I will hate to see you leave me this summer when you go fishing. I think you are a wonderful guy and I am very glad that I am the lucky girl to go with you. Even though we do have fights it is worth it. Well I wish you all the luck in the following years to come. I will never forget you [boy's name] and I hope you will never forget me even though we do break up. Good luck with your fishing this summer. Hope you catch alot of fish. My one wish is that you are always happy. Be good and keep smiling.

Loves ya always, [girl's name]

Friday, November 2, 2012

1st Boat

1st Boat
Mark Anderson
Nov. 1957
3 yrs.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Belgian waffles then The Dog House

The Dog House restaurant postcard from Helen's 1963 visit to Seattle, including the fairgrounds of the 1962 Seattle World's Fair (now the Seattle Center).

9/22/63 Dear Bea & Jeanne, We went to the Bethany Pres. Church this A.M. and then to the fairgrounds. Of course it had to rain. Did take a few pictures. Had strawberry waffles at the Belgian booth at the Food Circus. Saw quite a bit but the rain got the best of us. Then we drove to "The Dog House" and had dinner. Then came on home. Are going to ride the monorail tomorrow. Hope everything is OK there. As ever, Helen.

Friday, October 12, 2012

1951 Strenuous Life

Lots of student inscriptions and signatures are written over the mermaid and mermen-decorated endpapers in this 1951 yearbook from Roosevelt High School, Seattle, Washington.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

You’re a young lady now

Published by Kotex in 1953, the writing on the back cover reads STATIONERY, SHAVE LEGS and, the all-important question, IS HE WEARING CUT-OFFS?

Monday, October 8, 2012

Mom and Michelle

Friday, October 5, 2012

Sit Ye here

Oct. 1 - 1922

Stowell -
Ye Chief Cook and
Ye bottle Washer
Sit Ye here

In the Tea Room
336 Loma Dr.

Monday, September 10, 2012

1941 Harvest Jubilee

Harvest Jubilee, Aug. 1941. No location given. Signs visible are O. Nelson Bicycle Shop and American Lawn Mowers.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Rippikoulu muisto 1883

Antique 1883 Christian confirmation class cards for Olga Smedberg and Olivia Grönlöf. I believe the handwriting is Finnish but the printed verses might be Swedish.

Monday, August 6, 2012

To prevent a busted party

Party flyer found inside a 1981 yearbook from Cascade High School in Everett, Washington.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Dear Mildred

Bittersweet letters from three little New Jersey girls to their married older sister, Mildred, written during the 1918 flu pandemic that killed millions of people worldwide. Text is transcribed under the scans.

From her little sister, Evelyn:

Ridgefield N.J.
Oct 31

Dear Mildred I was out side Tuesday but I could not play with the outher girls I could not play in the back yard I could only sit down but I had to go in after while. Katheryn ran over to the gate she thought I was going to come out and play.

Dear Mildred I like the card you sent me I no the verse momma don't think I am strong enough to walk down the stairs.

Dear Mildred the book is very nice I read the book all through it is very nice. papa bought me a new pad.

Dear Mildred I thank you for the cotton it is very nice. we brought it to school first Bernice brought it to her tacher then I brught it to my teacher and my teacher let all the children see it Edith teacher father was so sick and the teacher had to leave the children out of school early because he was so sick that she had to go and see him and he died one sunday not very along ago school let out because of this sicknes I am going to school tuesday if I am strong enough maby. I cannot tell you anything about Edith teacher or school send my love to Russel.

Lovingly Evelyn

From her mother:

Ridgefield, Nov. 1-1918

Dear Mildred

I should have written to you today but had but there is not time left for that -- I have just finished a letter to Laura -- the first for two months. The children are doing nicely now. Evelyn has been getting up about noon since Tuesday and I still carry her up and down stair -- I feel better to day than I have since this sickness came. Hope you and Russell are O. K. Yes the box came and I stored it in the Attic after I had opened it -- I was startled when I saw the 5th Ave. Adress on it and wondered what had happened -- Your Loving Mother

I am going to let Bernice take this down to the P.O. Her first trip down.

From her little sister, Bernice:

Ridgefield, N. J.
Oct. 31

Dear Mildred

I recied my birthday present it is just big enough for me and it fits me fine. The sleves are not to big and they fit me well. Papa and mama like it very much to and they say that it will have to be my best sweater.

I to reied the card you sent me and thank you very much for it. I am saveing it because it is the only one I have. I know the peice that is on the frount of my card by heart.

And I also thank you for the nice book you gave me. I have readed it through twice and like it very much my story is about Dumble Bee who was so lazy and would not work. And learned how to work. I have so many things to write you about I hope you will get this letter in good time.

Lovely Bernice I am feeling fine

Give my love to Russell

I also forgot to tell you about my brithday party papa and mama gave me a pair of brown gloves and a new tress is orange and light blue stripes with blue cloer and eaves. And Kathryn small gave me a pencil box which I almost get every time I liked this all very much hope you have a happy Hallowe'en I am writing this in the munites I have because the girls are waiting for me to come out and play

So I close my letter with a which that you and Russell will keep well good by

From her little sister, Edith:

Ridgefield, N. J.
Oct. 31, 1918

Dear Mildred,

I thank you very much for the book. I got the book yesday eveing I read it after supper and I enjoyed it very much.

I heard that you are going to make me a sweater but you had to knite Russel one first for he needed it very badly.

I hope you will have a very happy Halloween. I am going out this eveing with my pupunkin for a little while I have a new pad for a birthday prestent on Bernices birthday I got a new green dress.

I have been up now for a week. And will be the first week I have been out Satrday.

I injoyed the card very mcuh to Kathryn is going to writgh a letter after we are all well.

Evelyn will be out for the first day Monday She got up last tusday and she is very glad to be up again.

Evelyn had the badest case of all she had nomonea [pneumonia] with her's I had the slitest case of all.

One of the little Berger Boys died sunday the day when I was taken sick so ther is only three boys left.

The the four boys were sick an the father and Ant. they all live in the same house next to Smalls only the mother dinent get sick but they are all up and out again.

I hope you and Russul will keep well.

Hear are some kissies x x x x x x x x x x x x x x

Your Sister
Edith Beck

Friday, July 27, 2012

Be J. P.

I never met Chris Wedes. But J. P. Patches was a treasured friend. While some say his recent passing means our childhoods are truly over, I see it as a call to rally the troops -- the legions of Patches Pals who were lucky to have him in our lives.

Every weekday (before *and* after school for many years), J. P.'s TV show for children would be broadcast live on local Seattle television. Yes, he was a TV clown but he was much, much more than that. J. P. wasn't your manic or sad circus or parade-type clown. Extremely funny and quick, he never lowered himself into being an "in-your-face", attention-seeking Bozo. He didn't need to try that hard.

Children's television was so different back in the 1960s. While some nationally-broadcast shows did indeed have toy tie-ins, there were no rows of J. P. Patches play-things at toy stores. There was just reliable old J. P. twice a day on the TV and that was enough for us.

J. P. wasn't make-believe. He was a real person you could meet at the local Pay n' Save, the Woodland Park Zoo and other special events across the city. If you were super-lucky, your Girl or Boy Scout troop visited the set where the show was filmed. But even though it was produced in a real set in familiar ol' downtown Seattle, his TV show also magical. J. P. could see into our homes with the ICU2 TV set and announce there was a birthday present for Johnny in the dryer. His yearly trip to visit Santa at the North Pole was something I looked forward to every single year.

The show was crazy with lots of memorable characters played by Bob Newman. But underneath the slapslick and Patches chuckles, J.P. respected us, never talking down to us. He promoted good behavior, as evidenced by the Patches Pal Checklist and Santa's Pal-o-Vac. There were rules and you were expected to follow them. But he also had the ability to laugh at himself when things didn't go quite as planned.

At local events, J.P. always asked your name with a firm handshake, looking at you straight in the eye. He had a way of making you feel special. At the Shoreline Classic Car show in July 2011, when I reminded him that he "ding-a-linged" my ponytail at a Ballard store in 1968, he exclaimed, "Oh yes! I remember you, Jeanne!"

My challenge to Patches Pals can be summed up with these words: "Be J. P." Be J. P. to the children you encounter along life's journey. Respect them individually. Expect good behavior (while also admitting that you too mess up sometimes). Be present and reliable. And most important, remember the fun J. P. brought into your childhood and give a bit of that magic back to the little kids of today.

We have oversized clown shoes to fill.

Be J. P.

Friday, July 6, 2012

If you change machines...

Vintage 1920 State of Washington Motor Vehicle License

Friday, June 29, 2012

Always, Eddie Haskell

1952 yearbook inscription from Vista High School, Vista, California.

Dear Barbara,
It is not easy to put down on paper all the fun that we have had during these last five months. I have never been with a person who is near as sweet and fine as you. You have been to me, all that I ever wanted or hoped for in a girl. It has been a truly great pleasure to have been able to go with you. You are as sweet and have all of the qualifications as nearly perfect that anyone could have. Most of this is due to the fine upbringing of your wonderful parents but the rest is brought on by your charming personality and physical attractiveness. I feel that I can safely predict for you a great future in whatever you do for with your qualities anyone could become the best in whatever field they undertake. Take care of yourself and always remain the same honesty, sincere, and charming person you are.
Always, Eddie

Monday, June 18, 2012

Friday, June 8, 2012

A hard day’s night

A poignant notation by a teenage girl in the 1964 paperback, "The Beatles in A Hard Day's Night":

The day Grandpaw died from a heart attack 1.30 September 8, 1979 Saturday.

Her name is blurred out for privacy's sake.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

To Do List

Entry from a young woman's journal found at a thrift store.

Buff Rust out of Truck
Repaint Desk
Clean small fish tank
Buy new car
Look @ old Dodge Charger
Get Lesbian Hair Cut
Buy a pair of Birkenstocks
Beef up feet
Get Pregnant
Steal a Baby

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Call your wife

Found on the sidewalk in Lake Forest Park, WA.

Friday, April 13, 2012

And the picture story books

This lovely 1908 first printing copy of "The Good Wolf" by Frances Hodgson Burnett includes a charming Christmas gift inscription taken from the Robert Louis Stevenson poem, "Picture Books in Winter".

Summer fading, winter comes -
Frosty mornings, tingling thumbs.
Window robins, winter rooks,
And the picture story books.

Monday, March 19, 2012

The Latest Song and Trot Craze!

V. Colony wrote his or her name at the top of this antique Hawaiian-themed sheet music from 1917.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

5. Eat noiselessly.

Etiquette class work circa 1955.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Next week

Handpainted cartoon by H. Gardner, on cardboard, 1955.

Friday, March 9, 2012

left out: owl

A 12-year-old girl's diary entry from 1999.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Flip Book of Love

Made of Post-Its, this homemade five-page flip book was found on the sidewalk in Lake Forest Park WA near the middle school bus stop.

Monday, March 5, 2012

The Day of Hard Luck in Grammar

A 1912 textbook belonging to Arthur Wilson, Salem, Oregon. His doodles reveal grammar wasn't his favorite subject.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Do You Have Flat Feet?

This playlist was found inside a vintage saxophone music book circa 1940s.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Sincerly, Huck-Foo Jr.

A page from the 1980 Monroe Junior High School yearbook, Monroe, Washington. Why is no one named Rusty anymore??

Friday, January 13, 2012

For the cocktail hour

1952 log book entry from the yacht Hijo:

Betty breaks out a Mae West red jersey, red cap, black skirt & red Ibis casting fly ear rings for the cocktail hour. Wolf whistles from all the men aboard.