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.
I received two new collectibles as Easter gifts. One is a set of salt and pepper shakers marked “Japan”. I particularly like the chubby birds that were made in the late 1930s. They remind me of the inexpensive dime-store items that my mother, grandmothers and aunts had in their homes at that time.
The second collectible is a good addition to my Dutch items. This is a tiny calendar with some of the pages still in the holder. It is marked “Souvenir of Holland”.