Snapshots of the Past

Last fall I went to a church sale a few hours after it had started. I wasn’t expecting to find anything, but I did find this old scrapbook of someone named Helen Child.

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I instantly became super intrigued with it. I wanted to know more. I did ask a worker about its history and she replied that she knew it was an elderly women who had brought it to the sale and tagged it with a price tag herself. Her price, $20. The woman at the sale said everything would be half-off the next day. She must have thought it was overpriced? I flipped through the pages looking for more information. It was filled with old beautiful pictures and written memories. When I flipped to this picture, I had to have it.

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A photo of the Campanile which is located on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames, Ia. It was built in 1897 and is a landmark of the University. I now felt a connection with this snapshot book. I live about 15 minutes from the Campanile. So I bought the album, hoping to find more exciting photos.

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The album is filled with over 100 photographs. The earliest date in the album is 1923. The pictures are so amazing.  The last page of the album is inscribed, “Merry Xmas to Helen from Howard.” I’m betting she was very happy with this gift! She filled it with her memories.

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Lots of images of everyday life, like this one of boys fishing.

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Pictures of vacations like riverboat trips on the Mississippi River and pictures from this trip pictured below.

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Can you imagine if we tried to climb a statue today? It sure looks like a good time! Any idea where this statue is located? Angela and I tried to figure it out but didn’t come up with an answer.

This next picture is one of my favorites. I love the ladies’ 1920’s flapper dresses. I wish I could have gone shopping with them.

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Here is a picture of Helen Child. She just wrote “me” under her photo.

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I tried to learn more about her life. I believe she grow up around Attica, Ia., but my searches have come up empty. One picture, that has come loose, was printed in Oskaloosa, Iowa which would be in the right area. What I do know is she had a wonderful youth growing up in Iowa. I wish I could share the whole album with everyone. This is exactly why I love going to sales. I love history!

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One Comment

  1. Susie
    Posted January 17, 2014 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

    What a great find. I love old photos too. But to have a full collection of someone’s personal photos is special. What a treasure!

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