DearMYRTLE posted a “Sneak Peek!” for what is coming in 2021, about an “Old Travel Trunk”. My daughter Carrie, also has one of those, that she shared with The Archive Lady on a WACKY Wednesday (Collaboration Case Study (the old trunk).
Myrt’s Travel trunk and Carrie’s Travel trunk. We’ll she where Myrt goes with her’s in 2021.
There is a theme here, I think, looking into Old Things that may contain a mystery. Well, Carrie did it again for my Christmas Present in 2020.
This is a piece of furniture that sat on my parents side porch for years. When we had to downsize and move my parents to an Adult Care Center, Carrie took this piece and put it into her garage. What would have been 15 to 20 years ago.
Recently, Carrie and Patrick had a need for it, so the took it outside to clean it up, which included making a couple of small 4 legged friends homeless.
My mother always have”drawer” lining paper in everything. That was a given. In the bottom drawer, in this piece was lined as expected. BUT, under that lining was a couple of sheets of News Paper. Weird, but interesting. Below that was a tan folded piece of paper, 14” x 20”.
All it had in the lower left corner was Worthington. Inside were several “mechanical arts” drawings. Several from 1913, and several from 1933. The 1913 drawings were that of my Grandfather, 1933 drawings from my father.
My grandfather graduated from Penn State in 1913, and one of his drawings has a seal from Penn State. I am guessing that my dad’s were from Westtown Quaker Boarding School.
Landscape Gardening No.1
Sheet 1 Conventional Lines
H R Worthington Feb 11, ‘13
Carrie had one item framed for Jennie, of my grandfather’s and she he one of my Dad’s drawings framed for me.
Now, Carrie had scanned them for me, but I guess I didn’t take enough time to figure out what she had scanned. (remember to Look at what you already have. I keep forgetting that).
The Mystery for me, is the history of that piece of furniture. At the moment, I can only remember that it was on my parents porch. I will have to go back and look at some old photo’s to see if I can find out where it was before the porch was added to the house in the 60’s.
Lesson Learned: Don’t be in a rush to just through something out. There may be a story or two, that go with those to Travel Trunks, or that piece of furniture that contain a story. Our ancestors protected those stories with what they had and normally used. Drawer Liners, Newspaper, laid out flat, bo be found a 100 years later.