Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

A girl stands at the door, waiting to come in out of the cold. The sentiment is May Christmas be lavish / with good gifts / And the New Year be / generous with glad / days! As we learned yesterday, Sciota is a very small town in Illinois, and this card was addressed to …

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Kathy & Karen return for Christmas and show off their nativity scene. The card features line art of a family in the snow, on sleds, traveling toward a snow-covered house, and large pine trees. The card is signed “The Kleins.”

The small picture shows Kathy & Karen in front of a different fireplace this time. The printed card features someone pulling a tree and a child on a sled. The front of the card is signed “Fred, Isobel, Kathy & Karen.” The back features a nice note: Our very best to Jennie D & Randy …

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A pretty card shows a tree, decorated with candles, balls and popcorn, with presents underneath and a curious kitten reviewing the scene. The interior message reads Wishing you / happiness / Not only at Christmas / But every day / in the New Year. It was signed Love, Crockett, Jo, Helen & Bill. On the …

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  A group of baby angels and their friends – a deer, a rabbit and some birds – sing and decorate a Christmas tree in the forest, with modest silver glittered accents. The inside was made to look like an unrolled scroll, and in the top left features a quote from Charles Dickens: Closer to …

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Brewer family Christmas from the 1950s. Center is Katharine “Pat” Brewer and George S Brewer, my grandparents. Surrounding them are family from the Erie, PA area. I just love how Gram is holding a doll and makes it look like she’s just part of the family. That sort of captures Gram’s spirit. This photograph was …

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