This evening I've been back down in Warehouse 13 (the basement storage room), continuing my stroll down Memory Lane ~ going through my Keep Boxes. Each child had their own; I have already given the three oldest children theirs (I fear they have been culled mercilessly, too...;). What's left in the basement are Jonathan's and mine (I have several), which are a combination of things from my Mom and Dad, myself, and various items from the "big kids" that somehow found their way into my boxes instead of the rightful owner's.
Why am I doing this, you ask? Honestly, though I said I was "going through" them (giving the impression that I was paring them down), I am actually just seeing what all is in them; some of it I have brought upstairs to photograph for this post and possibly a couple more, a few things I may use in some art projects, and still a few more I want to eventually frame. Aside from that, however, I'm actually just looking at them and carefully putting them back in the boxes...for my children to go through and agonize about what they should keep ~ or not ~ someday! (Hee, hee...)
Tonight my assistant is ~ (surprise!) ~ Leo. Here he is on the dining room table examining my Old Maid and "Tail" the Donkey card games from the early 60s...
Some books that belonged to my Mom (Shirley Temple in "Dimples", and "How the Chattery Chipmunks Came to Dinner"), and Dad ("One Hundred Best Poems for Boys and Girls" (1930)). See the poem it's opened to? ..."Little Orphant Annie" by James Whitcomb Riley...I love him! Very Victorian and often maudlin poems (and I'm sure some are quite politically incorrect) ~ but, my very favorite teacher, Mrs. Grace Schuchart (second grade) read them to the class every Friday afternoon; I can still remember how we squealed when she read "An the Gobble-uns'll git YOU ef you Don't Watch Out!" ~ ♥
The illustrations above and below are from "How the Chattery Chipmunks Came to Dinner"; there is no author or illustrator listed, just "Copyright C.R. Gibson & Company, New York City". They are beautifully done watercolors, though...I've always loved looking at all the detail. And, look how the book is whip-stitched together; I can't imagine that it came this way ~ the binding must have come loose, and my Grandmother, or someone, put it back together this way. So frugal... I guess this will remain a mystery. The only clue to a possible author is on the back; a listing for four other "Aunt Martha's Squirrel Stories" ~ I'm going to see if I can find out more ~ :)...I love children's books ~ old and new ~ mainly for the illustrations!
Here Leo checks out my green Captain Kangaroo cup from about 1960. Kind of creepy, actually...did you ever wonder about the "moving" eyes (as well as other little moving pictures) on things from this era? When I started writing this post, I didn't really know how to describe them, so after a few failed attempts at "Googling" them (how apt!), I found it....take a look...
In the late 1930's, the first multiple image lenticular image was formed and this was the seed that started the VariVue company. During this time, Vari-Vue coined the name "lenticular", to describe their linear lenses, "Winkies", to describe the ever popular blinking eyes and "Magic-Motion" to describe any "lenticular" image containing motion. By the late 1940's, VariVue had become a household name by producing millions of animated and stereographic lenticular images which were available everywhere. These images included everything from wall hangings to record album covers, CrackerJack prizes, greeting cards, post cards, political buttons and more. By the 1950's, VariVue's lenticular images had become a craze and many, if not most, famous personalities of the time wanted to be featured in VariVue advertisements.
Wow. Not exactly a "household name" for me (maybe because I was little...) still, you learn something new every day!
Some of my favorite books..loved "Little Audrey and the Moon Lady" ~ (turns out the moon really is made of green cheese...:)
Babalooey! Quick Draw McGraw's sidekick...here he is as a bank, and if I remember correctly, he came holding bubblebath (lots of things came holding bubblebath, come to think of it...) I've gone on way too long with this post...time for me to get a bubblebath and go to bed! Have a great week, everyone!
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