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great uncle's cards

Postby pilvikki » 06 Jun 2012, 15:15


i was just looking through some stuff and came across great uncle's collection of cards. there were birthday cards, funeral invitations, death notices [with that ghastly black border around the envelope cum letter]. he probably saved every last one he ever got. he had no children and i suppose that's how they ended up here, with his sister, my grandmother.

the question now is... what to do with them?

i was thinking of putting most of them into an album and giving it to the local museum, but on the other hand, that seems a bit rude...

thoughts?
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Re: great uncle's cards

Postby Yogi » 06 Jun 2012, 18:40

Pass them out to family members so that they have something to remember him by.
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Re: great uncle's cards

Postby pilvikki » 07 Jun 2012, 02:22

    but that's just it, old janne was born in 1886, so there's not many who even know of him, never mind remember him. having been away for so many years, i have only one second cousin i used to keep in, sort, of touch with. however, since he turned out to be exactly what i thought of him in 1959, i've dropped that contact as well.

    so... :shrug:
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    Postby Yogi » 07 Jun 2012, 06:20

    It's a shame, but one of life's harsh realities; 150 years from now nobody will know who we are or what we did. You have a gold mine of information in which nobody has an interest. Perhaps the Mormons in Utah or some other historical society group would appreciate a donation of the sort you have.
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    Re: great uncle's cards

    Postby pilvikki » 07 Jun 2012, 11:43


    great uncle had a horrible life and still lived into his seventies. once the minister stopped him for a chat and uncle swore about something. the patronizing jerk of a minister said "oh, no, swearing like that... you might end up in hell!"

    "and where do you think i am in now?" snarled uncle back at him.
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    Postby Ice.Maiden » 21 Jun 2012, 10:00

    Sounds as though he was a bit of a character! : )
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    Re: great uncle's cards

    Postby pilvikki » 23 Jun 2012, 10:47


    very much so. even people who never met him remember him by his reputation.

    i feel like planting some lupins on his grave.

    why?

    because they're so invasive and would take over that entire corner of the graveyard. very late payback for having mistreated him...
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    Re: great uncle's cards

    Postby pilvikki » 23 Jun 2012, 10:49


    oh, i figured out what to do about them cards.

    i'll keep some, but see if i can find some relatives interested.

    if not, they'll go to the "dark side" museum.

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    Re: great uncle's cards

    Postby Ice.Maiden » 23 Jun 2012, 13:01

    Awww .... it's kind of sad when you look back.
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    Re: great uncle's cards

    Postby pilvikki » 23 Jun 2012, 14:33


    yes, interestingly enough, as i have been talking to people, it appears he really is remembered by folk. he used to make baskets, those big ones for carrying wood and stuff like that and go door to door selling them. intelligent man though he was, there were no other options for him at the time.

    yet, now he could have been cured very easily.

    make you mad to think about it.
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    Postby Ice.Maiden » 24 Jun 2012, 07:42

    He did what he had to do, in order to bring in some extra money. There's nothing wrong with that, and it kind of takes you back doesn't it? I think it's wonderful that people still remember him.

    What could've been cured very easily though, if you don't mind me asking? He was obviously unwell in some manner.
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    Re: great uncle's cards

    Postby pilvikki » 24 Jun 2012, 20:02


    it was a physical problem, rather than illness.

    between what was still left of my collection, his collection, and those i found in the barn, i've got a good stack of them now.

    AND i found out how to preserve them without that ghastly, mildew stink about: laminate. you can get a laminating machine for 79 euros and a stack of the sheets for 13/100, wait for a sunny day and go to it.

    :cool2:

    maybe i get the machine tomorrow...?
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    Re: great uncle's cards

    Postby Ice.Maiden » 26 Jun 2012, 03:50

    Yes, I've had stacks of things laminated, and it keeps them nice. Only one thing I've wondered about that, after coming across an old plastic-type folder which'd discoloured on the outside making it opaque; do laminated things go like that eventually as well? I only ask because if so, it's not like you can take the paperwork out and re-do it?
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    Re: great uncle's cards

    Postby pilvikki » 29 Jun 2012, 15:24


    i suppose the stuff will only last so long, but the new materials are acid-free and otherwise way superior so should last a while.
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    Postby Ice.Maiden » 29 Jun 2012, 16:37

    Hope so. Maybe there's something you can use to clean it down safely with?
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