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The photo is my son and myself. Now days you can get a photo made to look old like this one. This photo was taken when this was the new look.

Harry S Truman was president when I was born and world war II had ended. I grew up in a time when lunch was put in a brown paper bag and a sandwich was wrapped with wax paper. There was no such thing as pantyhose, we wore stockings that attached to the rubbery clippy things that attached to the girdle. Convenience stores were not common and when we took a trip we packed a picnic basket because many places did not have fast food. Highways had places to pull over and stop, some with picnic tables. Read more ....
 
There are other things going on around the house other than scanning and typing out diaries and journals and organizing research information. We don't know if the groundhog was right and there is an early spring here for us but the birds and frogs, weeds and trees are saying there is going to be an early spring. The Tuesday tank that is growing turnips has done well all winter.This turnip will be added to some soup this week.The mulberry tree is putting out leaves and so pretty at this time.We lost one of our peach trees so we went to the nursery to purchase another since the peach tree needs a mate. We picked out a Georgia peach known to grow well in our area. The trees do not have t ......
Getting started on so many diaries may seem confusing but as we start learning who they are and their routines we will be learning history in a different way. These are real diaries, very old and rare. Theodore our farmer, rock hauler, wood hauler married to Nellie living in 1905. They live in Potsdam New York. They travel by horse and wagon and buggy.Albert and Gladys the couple that writes down all their expenses in a journal during the great depression. The year 1932. They live in ArizonaPhoebe that keeps a diary and lives in a larger duplex type house in the city in 1939 in Pennsylvania. The Griffiths are her neighbors in the adjoining house. Edith that lives in a small town as ......
So far we have started reading the Journal of Albert and Gladys, the Diary of Theodore, the diary of Edith and the diary of Phoebe.This post, we continue the diary of Phoebe, here is a link to January if you did not read it or need a refresher.https://gdonna.com/living-like-the-past/phoebe/William and Phoebe married in 1900 and never had children. They have had boarders off and on renting rooms through the last 10 or so years but not at the beginning of 1939 diary.The Griffith's live next door of the adjoining house above. William has a brother named Harry and a sister named Frances and two other brothers, John and James. Their niece Ruth age 17 lives with them and is a very social teenager. ......
A snapdragon from the greenhouse makes the house feel like spring. I am happy to have them growing throughout the winter but I know they will be happy as I when we can be outside more.My mind has been wandering despite my efforts to focus more. The diaries have me thinking about how is it that our ancestors had more time for visiting one another when so many of the stories are about how hard this time was. Some things are making sense that there are seasons of more visiting and seasons of more work.This is only some of the diaries I have, some are over by the scanner and two on my nightstand.These diaries are full of history and told in a simple way. I have only begun ......
This post is going to be long because this is two months entries of a diary since I did not get this out in January. This is a Diary of Edith and Fred, The year 1924 Jefferson County New York.Edith has been a widow for only two months when this Diary starts. Her husband Fred died in October age 77. Edith is 61 years. Some of the Family and friends that are mentioned is Bradley, Dora, Gordon, Doris, Margie, Homer, Ida, Rob, Bertha ,William, Janie, Minnie, Aunt Mat. and more. Edith and Fred did not have children. Edith and Fred have farmed and had a dairy farm for many years. In 1920 Bradley, Dora and Gordon are living in another house on this farm. Gordon is in the ......
The Camellias are beautiful this time of year, one of our winter blooming shrubs.We got the clothesline moved just in time so the sunshine could dry this weeks Monday wash. As I am posting this it is Tuesday and I did ironing today, among many other things.I have been studying the planting guide for this year and working out the dates on the calendar. The Azaleas are starting to bloom. This is a time they call a fools spring, we still have more winter and cold weather to come so I hope the many buds will wait a little longer.We have been being very careful with our grocery purchases and it is saving us a good bit of money. We have been living frugal but this year we are very ......
I am hoping this will be easier to read the way I have done the diary this time. This is the diary of Theodore and Nellie 1905 that we read last month, the month of January. If you missed January it is at the bottom of this post linked here. http://gdonna.com/living-like-the-past/how-do-we-f...Now to Theodore, February 1, 1905Family, Theodore (writing diary) wife Nellie, daughter Eva, son Gene and his wife Lila and baby Lucille. They drive horses and wagon also have buggy. When Theodore says they drew stone, it is my understanding that he is meaning drove or carried. Imagine hitching the team of horses and wagon loaded with stone or wood and drew (drove/ car ......
I have done a lot of thinking lately about the things we have learned researching back in time. I keep wondering about if things were as difficult as people have said they were long ago, then why are so many of us drawn to the past? We romanticize the past, is it the pretty clothes? Is it the slower pace and how people seem to be more attentive? Work was hard back then and many modern items has made chores less difficult today. But there is something they had that we are missing today and I feel why some of us have this pull to the past.I feel it is the sensibility and I still hold to that.I feel the strength, the sensibility, the determination, the common sense and t ......
Here we are back to visiting the budget and spending journal of Albert and Gladys. This is for the month of February, the year is 1932. Albert is working and they have a small baby. We saw last month that Albert and Gladys purchased a radio but we learn this month that they did not have a connection for the radio and we still do not know if they have a refrigerator ice box. Ice boxes were called refrigerators until refrigerators came along and then the original refrigerator that held ice to make it cold became the ice box instead of the refrigerator. The radio purchase last month was a big expense for Albert and Gladys. As we remember the time of 1932, the great depress ......
The Diary of Phoebe.The year of 1939 William and Phoebe lived in the home above on the right side. This is two adjoining homes. If you notice there are two gates and a fence in between. The Griffiths live on the left. William is age 65 and owns a cigar shop. William was working as a wood worker before this time and considering the great depression I am not sure when he went from woodworking to owning a cigar shop. Phoebe is 62 and a housewife. The Great Depression is coming to an ......
I have taken a few days to work through new information from all the research work. This years study is so very different and I will see if I can find a way to tell about the feelings I have about this study.I literally feel a connection as I travel back in time by way of the small bits of history left behind for us to read about. We can see things only in pictures or antique shops, old microfilms and books and those fortunate to remember the stories told to us by our Grands and Great Grands of how it was.What we have learned so far about the great depression, as far as it affected the home?I have had to dig deep to figure out why in the microfilms reading during the times of the gre ......
The oldest journal we have I started wrapping it in flannel to keep it protected. The research is going good but it is taking me awhile to get it to you as we are trying to work on our new things of trying out 1932. We still have damage from hurricane Michael that we are cleaning up.It is a tangled mess in some areas. Charles worked on another corner of the yard this past weekend. We find comfort in our simple meals. Chicken, potatoes and carrots is always good and a dish of stewed apples with brown sugar, cinnamon and a pat of butter is a good side dish.It has been cold here in the deep south. Not as cold as the northern and central part of the U.S. but quite chi ......
So how are we meshing with Now and the Past? The more I research the more I try to resemble how they did things but it is difficult when today looks different.We are a blend of today and yesteryear but I am taking the important things that will help the budget, our health and the things that make more sense to make changes to our home.We have eliminated processed snacks and make homemade but that started when we started the 1940's study. We are human and get off track occasionally but now we are more focused and diligent in what and how we do things.In the 1940's study we made big changes and honestly we started wondering if we would find anything else in ways of saving and l ......
Wash was always done on Monday period. In a very special situation it was acceptable to wash on Tuesday.Clothes washing has been a very interesting study. This history study shows many things. As I looked back to about 1880 to 1900 there was more work to washing laundry because the soap had to be boiled and the clothing people wore was complicated to wash.As I move through time I noticed very early after 1900 Fels-naptha started advertising that there would be no more blue Monday because of this soap that would save them time. Then as time was passing I noticed ads stating that women had more time now since their Monday wash day was taken away by the new servic ......
We talked about the dish scraper last post and now about the soap shaker or soap saver depending on when we are talking. I used to run water over the soap in the shaker but I do not do this after learning more.The good thing about the soap shaker/saver is that the soap that goes into the water is dissolved swishing and there is no need to boil or wait for it to dissolve. Here is a soap saver. Here is a soap saver being used. This photo is an example of how many people dressed in the 30s and 40s. In some of my 1940s posts I post photos of ordinary people that do not necessarily dress the fads. Miss Weedman was the director of a cooking school. Since we mention ......
To understand more I started researching around 1880 to 1900, then 1900 to 1920, then 1920 to 1940. These are some of what I found interesting.I wanted to know more how our ancestors did day to day things. So I started researching basic day to day things we do in our homes most every day, for instance washing dishes.This is already off track a bit because this is how my mind does normally. The more I study the more I feel the eras and some of the arrogance and some snootiness. The newspaper articles give me a sense about the time. Many things start off by complaining of the way someone does things wrong before they tell you how to do it the right way.I wanted to know ......
I hope you all had a safe New Years. Photo above is our New Years Day Meal. Charles and I are starting our first week deep into our journals. January 1 we started documenting everything we can. Our budget book, our water and electric meter readings the temperature so we can look at how the temperature affects our meter usage. We have been doing this for several years now but we added more information.We also are adding our groceries and prices and anything we purchase.We are doing a personal study and settling down in the year of 1932, the time of the Great Depression. However we have to study back from around 1900 up until 1939 to get a sense of being an adult in ......
Charles and I have started a new study. We are moving further back in time. We are changing things up a bit and instead of studying one year we will be doing a study of 1900 to 1939.Our brains are a bit exhausted right now because it has been a lot of research getting ready for this year.Our past 4 years have been studying the home front during world war 2. This time we are going to nestle down in 1932 but we will start in 1900 looking back to how our Generations before us lived. We had to go further back because to be adults in 1932 we needed to understand what their life would have been like leading up to 1932.Charles and I have made many discoveries and found many ......
December is certainly a busy month for Charles and I. This year had so many challenges that my good intentions of making homemade gifts came down to starting very late making them. It feels that there has been not a minute to spare.I cannot show the things I have been making since they are gifts but I am all done now and what is not being given personally have been shipped.And so now I am just enjoying Now. I am not rushing the things I do and I have hopefully learned my lesson that February is a great time to start making gifts and late December and early January is a good time to buy supplies to make those gifts.This seasons lemons are now preserved and I have a couple ......
We are getting ready to start our new study that we will be doing during the real year of 2019. We normally take on a new study each year and we will be moving away from studying the Home front during ww2. Charles and I have been continuing to move back in time while most people are moving forward. I do not study politics, Charles does study Presidents of the past but as we have done in our other studies our main interest is about how families lived in the past, food, shelter, food preservation and what we can learn about the home and the home front. I have been asked how we do our studies and the way we do this is we go to our public library research room and read boo ......
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