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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 ....
 

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This is the Continued diary of Edith a newly widow in the year of 1924. Edith's husband was Fred and they lived on a dairy farm. They lived in Jefferson county New York. Homer and Ida live next door to Edith and are mentioned often in her posts.Here is the Diary entries for January and February in case you need to catch up or read more about the people mentioned in her diary. https://gdonna.com/living-like-the-past/january-an...Saturday March 1, 1924Snowed in the forenoon. Cleared off in the afternoon. Bradley and Dora went to Dr. Babcock to Homer Hunts Silver Wedding. Gordon stayed here all night. Sunday March 2Cloudy and snowed a little. Gordon went home this morning.Monday ......
We continue the diary of Theodore and Nellie, son Gene and daughter Eva. Gene is married and lives close by in another house. The family information is in the January post. I will link it here. There is a short post above the diary for January.January https://gdonna.com/living-like-the-past/how-do-we...February https://gdonna.com/living-like-the-past/new-diary/Theodore is writing this diaryFebruary 28th Aunt Jane was 85 years old Feb 5th. Gene drew stone today. I did chores, split wood and Nell and I went up to Dan's. Aunt Jane is sick, don't believe she will get up. J D Lewis was here and I ordered 10# Wellington late potatoes and 5 bushels T.C. oats H E recommends sowing n ......
We have seen the Expense journal of Albert and Gladys for January and February. Now we will move on to March since we will be in the Month of March in just a few days. A reminder that Albert and Gladys are a young couple with a baby living in 1932. Albert is still employed.March 1,1932 Montgomery Ward 2.48. Dr. Shultz 7.00March 2, Grocery .95, Gas and Oil 1.30March 3, Grocery .25 March 4, Sunset Dairy 6.67, Pastry and Bread .25March 5, Magnesea .25, Grocery 3.76, Key .10March 6, Rent 18.00, Cash received $57.78March 8, Gasoline 1.00, Grocery 1.34, Misc. .40March 9, Films .35, Tooth paste (.19), N Bottle (.05) = .22, ......
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. ......
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. 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 Dairy b ......
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 ......
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 ......
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 ......
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 ......
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