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    Throwback Thursday: Happy Anniversary Mr. Curator

    Levenick car

    The wedding getaway wheels. Off to the reception.


    Dear Photograph: 35th Wedding Anniversary Edition



    Treasure Chest Thursday: Edna McClure and Walter George May

    I love finding buried treasure in a box of family keepsakes! I inherited two small boxes of photos, albums, and other items belonging to my paternal grandparents. This little medallion was rattling around in the corner of one box.

    May wedding medal 1

    GM Frigidare Sterling Silver Medallion,
    "To Edna on our Wedding Anniversary 1932"

    My online search for a General Motors Frigidaire medallion turned up several expired eBay listings for vintage medallion, but I have been unable to learn much about this Sterling Silver medal.

    I also found a carefully created photo album inside the box titled "Off to the Coast." It includes photographs of the couple's honeymoon trip from Nebraska to California in 1922. This helps identify the medallion as a probable ten year anniversary gift.

    This beautiful photograph of Edna and Walter May was not in the box of memorabilia where it might be expected. I found it tucked in the back of my baby book! It's another example of the way that family heirlooms can become easily misplaced and mixed in with other collections. If my sons had found the photograph some time in the future they would have no idea that this photo featured their great-grandparents.


    Edna McClure and Walter George May

    I am adding identification on the back of the photo in pencil, and enclosing it in a mylar sleeve. I've also printed the photo with a full caption on a sheet of acid-free paper. This is one of those images I don't want to lose, and I'm recording both the location of the physical photograph and the digital image on my archive catalog sheet.


    Celebrating One Door of Faith

    This is only one door of faith in our family history. 

    Dear Photograph,
    35 years ago today we stood in the same doorway. See you again, God willing.

    Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Montecito, California
    July 24, 1976/2011 

    The website started it all. Return to the scene of an old photograph and take the picture again -- but superimposing the original image in place. It takes a bit of trial and error to get it just right, but the results are a kind of photographic time machine.

    This weekend, Mr. Curator and I returned to Santa Barbara to revisit old haunts. First stop was noon Mass at the church where we were married.

    July 24, 2011

      Looks like we said "I do." 

    Note: This post was first published at The Family Curator on 24 July 2011.

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