I was cleaning out a box of old stuff and found this photo in amongst a rubber stamp kit, fitness manuals, and various plastic clips. Neither of the women look familiar, but the one on the right has a great expression. Looks like a fun day on the farm (maybe Carmel?).
After storage auctions, we often find personal cards, letters, and momentos. In a recent locker in Waco, Texas we found a treasure trove of love letters between Lilian and Ismael. Ismael was here in Texas while Lilian stayed behind in Honduras. All of their passion was made all the more poignant when we found their divorce decree amid the other papers.
I purchased an old Ventura typewriter at a thrift store and there were two of these black pieces of paper (carbon copy paper, I think?) on which the writer had typed a couple of letters. What begins as a letter submitted along with a payment then intertwines with a heartfelt letter of guilt and loneliness. In the middle I can make out, “adjusting the best I can to being without my dear Valley. She was such a fine person and a lovely wife and we were very happy.” It ends with, “We will see all in October if nothing prevents.” There was a 2nd piece of paper with a single letter, signed Lewis and Valley.
FOUND by Jeffrey A. Berkbigler in St. Louis, Missouri
I was checking in books at the library where I work and found this note tucked inside like it was being used as a bookmark. The list by itself is pretty unique, but the note to “Mom” at the end is what makes this special.
I found this wonderful love letter on the very top shelf in the office supply closet of the apartment complex I manage, along with four others. The envelopes have 3 cent stamps and postmarks that include encouragement to buy U.S. Bonds. I was intrigued right away because the letters are all from November and December of 1950 but the apartment complex wasn’t built until 1984. I chose this letter to share because it reflects not only the sweet, innocent love of that time, but also a little about life in general.