Friday, November 30, 2012

Fountain in Chicago, PFF

Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain By Night, Grant Park, Chicago (Illinois).
"Built as a memorial to her brother, Clarence, a patron and trustee of the Art Institute, Kate Buckingham presented this largest fountain of its kind in the world to the City of Chicago. It is located in Grant Park and by night, when colored lights play over its sparkling jets of water, it is an unusually beautiful sight."

To Mrs. Ada Bray, Gen. Del., Gooding Idaho
Dear Gran - am coming to see you - by the 13th any way. Am in Chicago now.
Love Buster

This is a beautiful old card, but it is so much more.
This card was sent to my (great) Grandma Bray by my dad ... after his release from a WWII prison camp in 1945 ... and is one of several he sent as he was transferred all over the US afterward.

These few words written so long ago suddenly have such history; such special meaning ...

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Handmade Valentine Card

I found this little Valentine card in Dad's keepsake papers ...
"To Oral from Margerie"

I have no idea who Margerie was ... but she made one cute little Valentine!

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Postal Zone Postcard

I found this delightful postcard at the thrift store a couple of months ago, and finally got around to inventorying and scanning it.

It made me giggle.

And because it has hearts, I'm linking up to Random Hearts - "Guest Heart Thursday"!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Veterans Day - Postcard - PFF

Monday is Veterans Day here in the US ...
A day to honor those who have given their all for the rest of us.

This year, Veterans Day is much more poignant for our family than ever before. My dad, a WWII soldier, is living out his final days at the Veterans Administration hospital in Portland after a major stroke.

What he went through for our freedom he only started talking about just a few years ago. He was a paratrooper in WWII. He was held as a Prisoner of War after being captured, and endured torture, sickness, cold, starvation and the deaths of his buddies. He lived with the scars, physical and emotional, for his entire life; even while forging a new life ... falling in love, building a house, and raising a family.

He never forgot.
And neither should we.

They say if you can read, thank a teacher.
I say if you can read in the language of your freedom, thank a soldier.

I will miss you, Daddy.
I will never forget your sacrifice.
And the sacrifices of ALL veterans who made it possible for us to live free.


Friday, November 2, 2012

Turkey Car Postcard ... PFF

I can't believe it's November already; October flew by so quickly!

In just a few short weeks we will be celebrating Thanksgiving here in the US ...

Maybe this interesting couple isn't coming to visit ... they're running away to hide!

I found this wonderful "Turkey Car" postcard at a local thrift store about 5 years ago.

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