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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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Last posting on Edith's diary, we left off at the end of April. This is the link to the first posting if you need a refresher or have not read any of her diary. https://gdonna.com/living-like-the-past/january-and-february-edith/Edith is a widow and lives in a community where people help one another and many have been long time friends. I enjoy the diaries more as the weather warms because it gives us a clearer image of how the household works.Thursday May 1 1924Raining hard this morning cleared off in the afternoon. Gordon was here in the afternoon. Study club repeated Little Miss Jack to a good house dance afterwords. Friday May 2 Cold and Cloudy this morning. cle ......
Part two, if you did not read Jan, Feb and March of Leona's diary, go back here to read that first. https://gdonna.com/living-like-the-past/keeping-home-the-old-way/I will jump right in and continue the diary.Thursday April 1, 1937We went over to see Lord and Taylor 10 o'clock bus over and 5:22 from there home. Had a nice time. Gathered sap. Watched 350 baby chicks for a long time.Friday April 2Spent most of the middle of the day down town. Did ever so many errands but couldn't find a dress as I had hoped. Rain before I got home. Mother down to see about chair and bookcase I had looked at. Bought both. Mrs. Kanter over for more than 2 hours.Saturday April 3Mother made a pie and some raised d ......
This above is the real home of Leona, this is what it looks like now but imagine what it looked like in 1937.I am going to be late with the first of the Month diary entries that I have been posting for the last 4 months. I have had much to do with gardening so I chose to post 3 months of a very special diary that I hope you enjoy. I have acquired several diaries to help with our research projects and mostly because of my intense desire to know all I can about what life was like before the 1940's. My own memories take me to a time where life was so much calmer, housework was more routine and the house was most always ready for visitors, doing laundry because it was laundry day ......
I reckon around about tomorrow the old cast iron pipe might be fixed.There has been an unseen problem under these drains. Seem like the old drain pipe rusted out and the sink water has been going under the house.So while the water is being removed and dried and the pipe being fixed, knowing the old ways of doing things has come in handy.I told Charles there would be no hurry as far as I was concerned because I knew the work would be hard to do. This was about the time last year the washing machine took medical leave and all these things that happen just give me more practice time for our history research projects.Katherine says she is so lucky that this is where she came to live when she was ......
There is much to do most all year around here at our small place but spring is especially busy. Since our 2019 history project is to study the years 1900 to 1939 concentrating on the great depression, we have had much reading to do. It has been more difficult to live in today's technology world and study and try to resemble the 1930's than it was the 1940's. I am not sure why other than this study is so much deeper. We are trying to live as an adult in 1930's so we had to study much further back to understand the things an adult has gone through to get to the 1930s. This years study has far exceeded what we thought we could learn. I am hoping when we get to the end of the year we can s ......
We continue the diary of Phoebe, April 1939Phoebe and William live in a three story adjoining home with the Griffiths living next door. Their story is told in the January diary.Saturday April 1Thero 30 Cloudy. Baked and took lunches up not much else doing. Ed Jackson buried today it rained. Ruth up a little while, Ruth at movies, home early.Sunday April 2 Thero 30 clear, Palm Sunday, went to S.S. 394 out it as cold for spring clothing. Harry here. No one else. Aunt Ruth stayed all night.Monday April 3Thero 26 clear. Washed and all dry by noon. I did not do any thing after I had them dry. Ruth out with Joyce. Ruth over at Helen. Edna came over with her I was to aid meeting.Tuesday A ......
We now continue the diary of Theodore and Nellie. Theodore is the writer of this dairy and we started in January and have read January, February and March, 1905. Now we continue with April.You can find the January, February and March in the diary section on my blog in the upper right side that say's Donna's Diary Posts. Saturday April 1, 1905We gathered and boiled this P.M. Sap runs good today.Sunday April 2It was a fine day. Allie stayed here last night. We all went to S.S. Bro Miller preached. We met at Mr Sanford and talked about paying the ministers Deaded to give Mr. M. $50. and Mr Carm and Williams $2.00 a trip. Miller 17 times Carm 9 Williams 3.00Monday April 3We gathered a ......
We continue the Journal of Albert and Gladys, the year 1932. We have been following the monthly expenses and budget for this young couple with a new baby during the great depression. Albert has remained employed at this time.You may find the other Journals (Jan thru March) in the upper right hand column called Donna's Diary posts. Or you can find them by scrolling down under Living like the past.This is the journal entries for the month of April 1932April 2, 1932Ice .35, Citizen for one year 3.00, Baby cap .50, Grocery 4.98, Mr. Simmons for lawn mower. 65, Pictures .60, Ice Cream .10April 4,Dr. Shultz 6.00, Gasoline 1.00.April 5 Grocery .65, Hair Cut .25, Rubber pants .25,&n ......
We return to the diary of Lena a school teacher that writes mostly about her activities after school and some about her school activities. Lena has a very busy life. You can go back to the Diary of Lena, a school teacher January through March to find more about Lena or to catch up if you have not read that post. I try my best to understand what Lena is writing but it is difficult so I am sure there are some mistakes. If you find something that needs changing please send me an email. She abbreviates quite a bit due to lack of space in her diary.It is amazing to me to read such a busy diary from the year of 1927. This was the last page we read in the last posting of Lena so this page is a ......
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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