Thursday, May 11, 2023

Treasures In the Closet - My Mother's Childhood Scrapbook and Art Portfolio

After my mother died in early 2002, we emptied her house and sold it, and I took home the "family history stuff" that nobody else wanted.  It included collections from her grandparents, parents, and her own family life.

 One of the treasures that I found in the closet of my genealogy cave (which had been my daughter's bedroom before 1997) was the "childhood scrapbook and art portfolio" of my mother, Betty Virginia (Carringer) Seaver hiding on the top shelf of the closet.  

I put "scrapbook" in quotes because it wasn't a usual scrapbook - it was a large (16 inches wide, 24 inches tall) that she pasted "stuff" into from her school days (elementary school in 1924-1931) and junior high school (1931-1934).  There were notes, cards and well-wishes, newspaper articles, stories, poems, and her childhood artwork.  She eventually received a Bachelor of Science degree in Art in 1940, and was a junior high school art teacher during the early 1940s.

Here is a sampling of the pages:

*  An invitation to a birthday party, and art:

*  A letter to Santa Claus:

c)  A music program, homework, language assignment, and story:

d)  A pencil sketch:

e)  Watercolor pictures:

There are many more examples.

The challenge now is what to do with this "scrapbook and art portfolio."  It's back on the shelf in the closet for now along with other treasures (like my father's bowling scrapbook, my father's retirement plaques, and more).


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Grandpa Landmeier said...

Real Treasure!
Thanks for sharing,

Seeds to Tree said...

What a wonderful thing to find!

Teresa said...

That is so cool!!! What a wonderful keepsake and glimpse into your mother's earlier years.

Marian B. Wood said...

Such a multifaceted window into your mother's childhood. Maybe put this in an archival box, with special interleafing papers to keep each page separate and safe?