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This entry is part 74 of 342 in the series Belle's Box


    • Apple on November 29, 2008 at 8:44 am

    To My Affinity seemed an odd phrase to me. So I looked it up and meanings I was unaware of were relationship by marriage or kinship so it was a very appropriate card. I learn something knew everyday.

    Were some of the cards written with pencil? I know from my experience they can be hard to puzzle out.

  1. Thanks for the comment, Apple. I have learned more about history and the living situations of this family than I could have ever imagined by tackling this project.

    Yes, many of the cards were written in pencil. These families were poor, perhaps poorer than we can imagine; and that poverty extended another generation. Add that the the limited available of things we consider everyday items, and you get a lot of pencil.

    Their home, in very rural northern Michigan, and the road conditions in the poor weather months would have made a trip to any store out of the question during some times. I’ll get a Google map together soon, showing the locations we know.

    The most interesting thing about this, to modern me, is the use of mail for things we use the phone for. Letting people know we would be there for the weekend, things like that. These distances were not great, but resources were limited. Not everyone had a car, or a horse that could be used to visit. The horses had to be used to farm the (extremely poor) ground these families scratched a living from.

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