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    In every family, someone ends up with “the stuff.” It is the goal of The Family Curator to inspire, enlighten, and encourage other family curators in their efforts to preserve and share their own family treasures.

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    Friday
    Apr122013

    Treasure Chest Thursday for Friday's What's Up Genealogy: Ephemera or Artifact

    Man in a Bottle

    Man in a Bottle, ca. 1957

    Don't be polite. What you're really wondering is, "What the heck is it?"

    My Dad didn't want it. Neither did my aunt, my sister, or anyone else. So, I took it. 

    First definition of ephemera: stuff no one else wants.

    Really. Ephemera is intended to be thrown away after use. It has a transitory specific one-time purpose. That folks tend to tuck the odd theater stub in a scrapbook or dry prom corsages is outside the intended purpose of the item. Hence, stuff that survives is less than common and more interesting to a lot of us ephemera aficionados. Of course, there's always the craftsman who repurposes an old photo in a piece of art as well.

    Man in a Bottle 5

    "Uncle Sam" 11-29-57

    You've seen the photos and now you know as much as I do. If you have any clues about this bit of gen-u-wine mid-century craftsmanship please leave a comment or join Caroline Pointer and me tonight on What's Up Genealogy, Google+ Hangout on Air. We are talking ephemera and odd artifacts and would love to hear what you think about this treasure.

    Thursday
    Apr112013

    Everyday Ephemera on Google+ with Caroline Pointer What's Up Genealogy?

    Whatsupgen

    We're talking about genealogy and ephemera tomorrow night on What's Up Genealogy Google+ Hangout On Air hosted by Caroline Pointer. What is ephemera? What do you do with it? How can it help you with your family history research? and, How much is enough? 

    I'll be chatting with Host Caroline Pointer beginning at 6pm looking forward to hearing about some of the more unusual bits of ephemera folks have found. Caroline's popular 48 Hour Ephemera Challenge returned last week with a fabulous Victorian photo album, and she's sure to have new treasures for the next rounds.

    Everyone is invited to attend the public Google+ Hangout. Search #WhatsUpGenealogy or click on the link for information on how to join. 

    Tomorrow I'm posting a few photos from my own collection as a preview for the Googlel+ Hangout. If anyone wants to research my "Uncle Sam" feel free!