My mom kept about anything that held a memory for her. Most of her keepsakes were contained on one sort of paper or another, so over the years many of them have deteriorated badly. For instance, she kept diaries from 1930, perhaps earlier, up to 1932. All this stuff was kept in boxes and chests, usually in the attic if we had one. My parents moved often, but her stuff went with her everywhere she lived until she went to the nursing home. Unfortunately, many items were lost to leaky roofs, nesting mice, or simply from being folded and re-read too many times. I was looking at some of her keepsakes today and decided I'd better take pictures of some of them and blog about them or they'll be lost. Probably nobody would miss them but me, but at least I will have some things catalogued.
All that remains of her diaries is one cover and a few random pages. When I was a child I'd go upstairs, dig out the diaries, and read parts of them. Sometimes I'd read something that sparked my curiosity and I'd go downstairs and ask her to tell me more because, as I've said before, she was a story-teller and I loved stories.
Sometimes I rummage through these things and wonder why anybody would keep such souvenirs, but when I look back, I've kept some equally hum-drum things because I wanted to remember a time.
So many ration books, and there are more of them somewhere with my name on them. Mother told me that, on the car they were driving during ration times, the steering wheel kept shedding pieces so that by the end of the war, the round outside of the wheel was totally gone and they were steering with the little sticks that went from the center to the nonexistent wheel.
I'll stop with all this for now. I'm doing these entry chiefly for myself. but perhaps somebody else will find it of interest. I hope to get some more of my mom's keepsakes in another entry or two later on.