A Good Day at the Antique Mall


On Saturday, my daughter and I went to one of our favorite antique malls, Miller’s in Lebanon, Ohio.  I found a set of salt/pepper shakers from the era I like (late 1930s-early 1940s), marked “Japan” and a good addition to my Dutch collection.


My daughter found the real treasure – a 1931 Lebanon High School yearbook which also included the 7th and 8th grade classes.  There on the 8th grade class roll was my mother’s name, Martha Mount.  Unfortunately, she must have been absent the day the pictures were taken since we didn’t recognize anyone who looked anything like my mother at that age.


This was a new, modern high school at the time and I remember my mother saying how overwhelmed she was by the big campus and large classes after moving there from the little town of Morrow, Ohio, in the 7th grade.  Just think – a laboratory and a cafeteria!



I made a copy of a snapshot of my mother in her 8th grade graduation dress – one she described as “beautiful”, probably made by her mother.


A picture in the year book would have been nice, but just to find something from so long ago with my mother’s name is exciting.

A few years ago I wrote a blog about last-day-of-school dresses that my mother had made for me and the one dress I didn’t like that looked like her 8th grade graduation dress.


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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

8 thoughts on “A Good Day at the Antique Mall”

  1. What a great day at the Antique Mall! I love how you found a yearbook with your mother’s name in it – seems like it would be so comforting for some reason – and I love the S&P shakers!

  2. How special to find to find the annual from 1931, may not have been able to find a picture of your mother but the others were her friends and teachers.

  3. What a wonderful treasure! I’ve found online things, but never an actual yearbook! Love your little salt and pepper shakers. Great new banner at the top, too.

  4. Wow, that’s great that you found a yearbook with your Mom’s name in it. That’s amazing. Your little salt and pepper shakers look really cute. I love going to Antique Malls and junk shops and thrift stores. I’ve become hooked on these but I haven’t found a treasure like yours yet.

  5. Wow I’m so happy you found that yearbook. That’s truly a blast from the past. I always feel this sense of sweet yet disconnected feeling when I see photos of my mom in her early years. It’s different from how I know her now. But regardless, it feels a part of me 🙂

  6. That yearbook was meant to be found by your daughter – how wonderful! I also enjoyed the post you referred us to on your last day of school dresses – what a labour of love by your mother.

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