Monday, July 31, 2006

Blogging 80 years ago...

Here's a fascinating story from Hamilton in Ontario, Canada about a treasure trove of personal vignettes, letters and notes - an 80 year old "blog" of sorts, but typed, not digitally processed and distributed.

The find:
Page after page of farm notes, the day's news, offbeat poems, horseshoe scores, visitors to the farm, literature reviews, profiles and more, all typed around hand-drawn illustrations.

The vivid newsletters from the 1920s and 1930s came to life when Burford veterinarian Chris Crombie cleaned out the damp and cluttered basement in his mother's home, after her 2003 death.

32 boxes of papers, 8.5 linear feet, all needing to be cleaned up, organized and archived. What a tremendous find, especially for the descendants of the author. Even if we think we know someone well, we often are surprised by the depth and wisdom of their thoughts.

Read the entire article - makes you feel good!

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