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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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Tue Jan 26, 21 8:24 AM CST

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Tue Jan 24, 23 9:46 PM CST

I am curious:  Where did the diaries come from?  Family?  Libraries?  

At first, I thought you were writing down a story of what might have been.  But your older posts, like this one, look like actual vintage diaries.

At any rate, I'm finding them motivating.

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Wed Jan 25, 23 8:41 AM CST

I remember Grandma Donna explained that somewhere already, and amazingly, they are all real diaries picked up at thrift-stores or similar places!  I'm a bit jealous:) 

I never find anything that cool at thrift-stores myself.

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Wed Jan 25, 23 11:54 AM CST

Grandma Donna wrote, S Scribbler, to answer your question where did my diaries come from.  All of the diaries that I have are authentic, original diaries.  My diaries start in the late 1800s and I do not collect anything past 1950s unless it comes with a lot.   I have collected diaries for many years from assorted places. I purchase them from antique stores, estate sales and online sellers.  I am particular about what I am looking for in a diary, something that represents the home and or the era. The diaries have gotten expensive now so I do not buy one very often.   I have also purchased a few budget journals and feel very thankful to have found them.  I like to share the diaries and  journals so others can learn from them as I do.  Some are very tattered and the pages darkened and pieces flake away so I have to be very careful handling them.  I have one that is so very small and I do not know what she used to write with because it is written with a very fine tip and I have to use a magnifying glass to read the words and the year is 1904.  The work was very hard long ago but the community they had was wonderful how they visited with one another regularly.  People "called" on one another in person, not on the phone.  

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Wed Jan 25, 23 8:59 PM CST

Wow.  thanks for the info....I'll keep my eye out at thrift stores.

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Tue Feb 07, 23 3:11 PM CST

Don’t know if I’m on the right page, but somewhere GDonna showed a drawing of an old truck. Wish I could show it to Mom (gone 10 years) because she often talked about her whole family piling into an old truck many weekends during the war. They’d walk everywhere during the week to save their gas rations to drive to visit the maternal grandparents who lived “in the country.” From her description, I think your representation must be close to what she remembered. FYI, before her mother died in 1944, there were already 8 children with twins on the way, so it was a truckload

Edited Tue Feb 07, 23 3:14 PM by Kathy D
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