Hubs and I traveled to the east side of Michigan this weekend (we live on the west) and spent some time with my parents - whom I haven't really seen since the holidays. While we were there, I cleaned out a closet in my old bedroom - finding all kinds of things to donate, keep, throw away, and laugh at!
I also came across this box. Have any idea what could be inside it?
It was filled with... postcards! You see, my Grandmother got me started collecting postcards at a young age. She would send me a postcard wherever she went, and collect art postcards for me to keep. I hadn't forgotten about these postcards by any means, but I hadn't thought about them for a long time. You know, out of sight out of mind?
My Grandmother passed away when I was 14, shortly after my parents, brother and I moved from the UK to the US. She sent me and collected for me postcards up until she died, but with less frequency as she and I both got older.
Looking through all of these postcards brings back such lovely memories of her, and of my time growing up in England as well. Care to look into the postcard box with me?
There are photo postcards from places in England my Grandma visited...
And some beautiful art cards that tell stories...
Check out the year! I was 2 when this was mailed.
I love these postcards - they are classic tourist. Classic English tourist at that. So much fun!
There's an entire set of Beatrix Potter illustrated cards...
I've always liked the Victoria and Muskie postcard. My Grandma always called me her "pet" as you can see here...
Classic Winnie the Pooh illustrations...
More illustrations. Both my Mum and I have always loved the Flower Fairies (right).
And these fairytale postcards are lovely, too.
Some of her postcards talked about her trips, some had just a sentence or two asking how I was doing, and some were just blank or said "for your collection" on them.
I brought the postcard box back home with me - and am determining its future. My initial thought is that I need some kind of archival album for them - some are already fading and yellowing. Anyone have any recommendations?
And then, since some of them are just too pretty to be shut up in a book, I am trying to decide what else I can do with them? Nothing that will cause any damage to them, or permanently cover up either side of course. I am thinking maybe matting and framing some of them?