Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fleas and Family

vintage finds, Ward family reunion
A couple of weekends ago Chucks and I headed to the upstate of South Carolina for a reunion of the descendants of Claude and Alta Ward, his maternal grandparents.

I was raring to go because I knew there would be fleas on the way.

The fleas were not as numerous as I thought, but I did pick up some interesting items.

  An old black lunch box.

A canvas camping stool.

I have Revi-styled ideas for both of these.

Visit Revisionary Life to guess what I plan to do! 

Chucks actually dug this treasure out of a box under a trailer.

Scotch bottle wrapped in wire. 

The flip top with paper label and tax stamp.

I was pouting for just missing two vintage suitcases.

The dealer tossed me this bundle and said I looked like I might like it.


I LOVE IT !!!!

Quilt patches of small squares - no particular pattern. (Well, it is nine-patch)

Such great fabric patterns - some flour sack material.

A big thick NORGE Encyclopedic Cookbook.

Norge made appliances.

The recipes are from the Culinary Arts Institute.

Some of you collect those little booklets they published.

This is a bound copy of those booklets.

There are added pages of blueprints.

Here for floral arrangements for your table.

Here for a root cellar to store your jams and jellies.

And of course the recipes for jams and jellies.

I don't wish to appear lazy, but if I need jam I think it would be easier to run to the store and buy a jar.

Having said that, I am picky about my jams.

I grew up quite spoiled by grandparents who made whatever jams and jellies we desired.

But we did not have a root cellar.

After just one wrong turn and several flea stops, we made it to the reunion.

A great big thank you to Elizabeth who organized it all.

Christmas, 1957~ River Street
back row: Clyde Ward, Gerrie Wilkes (Chucks' mother), Eva Shelton, Sara Cannon, Albert Ward, Helen Alexander
front row: Chuck Wilkes (yes, that is young Chucks in his spiffy bow tie), Claude Ward, Alta Petty Ward (his grandfather and grandmother).  One sister Annie May is not pictured.  One sister died in childhood.

Of the seven children, two are still living - Helen and Clyde.

We had several generations of descendants present at the reunion.

Hope we get to do it again.

See y'all! 


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  1. Looks like Chucks didn't like having his picture taken even back then. It's always nice to go to family reunions and reconnect with everyone and learn of more family history. You never fail to take advantage of stopping at flea markets no matter the occasion. Great finds!

  2. You did good at the fleas ... love the nine-patch quilt top. So fun to see all the different scraps. Are you going GOLD with the lunch box ? Cannot imagine what you do to the stool. Anxious to see.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  3. Chuck's mother and family are very good looking, no wonder he's so handsome.

  4. Lots of great pick there- the lunch box was my favorite.

  5. Family Time AND Fleas... well, it doesn't get any better than that! Glad you had a Memorable Time with the Fam.

    Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

  6. I like the scotch bottle...very cool! I hate scotch.
    Glad you guys had a nice time.
    Magoo never lets me stop on trips. Unless it's to buy jerky.

  7. Sounds like a fun trip and you scored a few great things. I remember my daddy carrying his lunch in a box very similar to that one when I was a little girl...:) I still vividly remember how my own lunch smelled in my thermos mama packed hot food in. Good memories...:) I have a family reunion coming up as well....looking forward to it! Have a wonderful Wednesday....Vicky

  8. Great finds! Love the nine patch. I love the craziness of multi pattern patch quilt tops. It must have been such fun to have several generations all together at once. I'm sure you must have had an amazing time.

  9. I'm going to try to get excited about my family reunion by shopping along the way! You found some fun stuff as usual. Love the old picture with Chucks...not looking at the camera!

  10. What a lovely family portrait. The women's dresses were so beautiful then. And they must have gone to such trouble with their hair. Love it! Thanks for linking up at Vintage Bliss Tuesdays. :) Jo

  11. You found a lot of great things, hope you enjoyed your reunion.

  12. Wow, love the nine patch quilt sections you found. At a barn sale I went to I found 7 different bags of quilts in all different stages...I was so excited and I just finished one. It seems like you had a very nice family reunion...and what a great photo!

  13. Fun to get together with family! Love the nine patches. Can't wait to see what you do with your finds. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  14. I love homemade jams, my grandparents used to make them too so yummy but yeah who has time for that!

  15. I love the Norge cookbook. I enjoy looking at the photos in old cookbooks to see the utensils, bowls, etc. and of course the recipes. LOL!

  16. What a fabulous way to spend your time! I could think of nothing better. Thanks for the shout-out, Donna. I can't wait to see how you improve on my ideas. :) Thanks for sharing and joining the party this week!

  17. Always love your finds, Donna. Thanks for sharing @ TTF!


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