Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Mable's scrapbook: Merry Christmas



Since this blog's regular Old Postcard Wednesday falls on Christmas Eve this week, I am replacing it with a vintage Christmas card from Mable's scrapbook.

I have two old scrapbooks belonging to relatives long-dead: Mable, my maternal grandfather's younger sister, and Jennie, my maternal grandmother's older sister. I'll feature pages from each of their scrapbooks in future posts.

The first page of Mable's scrapbook has this inscription in my grandfather's handwriting in pencil:



On Christmas Day 1884 my grandfather "presented" as his gift to Mable a blank book with an exquisite blue Victorian-design hard cover and onto its pages she pasted cards, stickers, art cut-outs, items that she found beautiful. What a quiet thrill it is to hold it 124 years later and to select this Christmas card from its pages to share with you.


Merry Christmas and Peace to you all.

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11 comments:

fluxlife said...

holy crap! that rocks my world! that is soooo amazing that you are able to hold your family history from over a century ago! the fluxlife blog loves your blog!

happy holidays from the fluxlife blog!

-steve @ fluxlife

P.S. we love your blog so much, we gave it a follow!

Don't Feed The Pixies said...

Lydia

Thanks so much for all your insights and posts during 2008 = Old Postcard Wednesday is a favourite, but i love your xmas message

Much love and keep up the good work.

Merry christmas xxx

distracted by shiny objects said...

Hey--remember "Mabel, Black Label???" me neither:>)
Very merry Christmas to you and yours.Hope there is much enjoyment and festivities.

Jennifer said...

Merry Christmas, Lydia! I hope you have a peaceful one.

It is wonderful that you have these tangible connections to the past and that you share them with us.

Jennifer

Lydia said...

Fluxlife,
Well, what a nice surprise to have a new reader and so enthusiastic. Naturally, I visited your blog and you've got a lively one there. Happy Holidays to you!

DFTP,
Thank you for YOUR blog and for sharing your imaginative mind with us this year. Love and Happy Holidays to you!

Distracted,
No, that doesn't ring a bell but I should Google it. The family record book indicates that her given name was Mary Belle but was known as Mable. They both sound like names for pet cows to me!
Happiest of Holidays to you and yours!

Jennifer,
Tangible....that is such a beautiful description for these things I have in my care. I separate them from other acquisitions from the past that I label clutter!
Ours will definitely be a peaceful Christmas and I am wishing the same for you and your family.

Di Mackey said...

It will be fun to see the snippets you share with us - thank you.

Hey happy christmas to you and all the very best in 2009.

love
Di xo

Lydia said...

Di,
Thanks for taking time to be here at Christmas Eve. May it be a happy one for you. I look forward to seeing/reading about more of your truly fascinating life in 2009. xo

Buddha said...

As a first generation American, I hope one day my grand children will have memories as wonderful as yours.
Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones!

Lydia said...

Buddha,
They will because you are a caring, sharing being and your life story will be a pleasure for them to preserve and honor.
Happy Holidays to you and your family, now and into the future!

sharryb said...

Hi Lydia,
How wonderful to have Mabel and Jennie's scapebooks! It will be a treat to see what they chose to save over the years. Like a little time travel.

Hugs and Merry Christmas

Lydia said...

Sharry,
What fun for me to know that you'll enjoy seeing more from the scrapbooks.
Hope your Christmas Day was special. :)

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