Ephemera is a broad term used to describe items of paper that were created for use in a short time span and meant to be thrown away after one or two uses. Items generally put into the ephemera category of collecting would be sheet music, posters, stock certificates, post cards, cigarette cards, magazines, catalogs, and the like.

Friday, October 16, 2009

This is a blog about a box. A box of memories. Madeline's memories. Madeline was my mother in law and she entered the next world about a year and a half ago at the age of 84. She lived life to the fullest and saved anything that would remind her of her fun times. She had many scrapbooks and photo albums and had plans for so many more. Her greatest fear in her last years was that her family would throw them all out in the trash when she was gone. My husband and I assured her that we would not let that happen and I reassured her that I would take possession of all her memories and make sure they were shared with her grandchildren and future generations.

So we carted boxes of her memories from her home in Massachusetts to our home in Maryland and found a place for them among our memories. As we were cleaning out her home, I found many programs, advertisements, brochures that appealed to my love of everything old. I threw them all into a large rubbermaid container, which now sits in my office/craft area. Because all this is history, I wanted to share it with others. I've decided that the best way to do that and to get around to looking at all the items was to blog about them. I really don't care if anyone else reads this. It's just something I feel I have to do. My plan is to pull an item from the box every day and post an image and description and in doing that tell the story of Madeline Farmer Parquette.

The journey begins.

1 comment:

  1. Ann, I can't think of a better or more fitting tribute to Madeline. From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much.