Linda on November 26th, 2009

This is a bank that my mother had for as long as I can remember. I don’t know when or how she acquired it, but it was a permanent resident in our kitchen. I always loved the cream and pink colors as well as the adage for The Wise Pig: “Save a penny yesterday Another […]

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Linda on November 24th, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving to all!  And thanks to Design by Firgs for the Thanksgiving graphic. You’re welcome to make this a less wordless Wednesday by telling us about your Thanksgiving traditions–food, activities, how you spend your day. We’re going to be having a traditional dinner with turkey and all the trimmings, probably at half-time of the […]

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Linda on November 23rd, 2009

Benjamin Bly was my paternal grandfather, who was born in Moberly, Missouri and died in Kansas City, Missouri. He came from the farm in Moberly to the hustle and bustle  of Kansas City when he was about 18 years old. He and his brother, Adolph,  found work at the streetcar company; later, he apprenticed as […]

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Linda on November 19th, 2009

My grandfather, Benjamin Bly (1890-1984), was a master tinkerer. He was always fixing and innovating in the little workshop in his basement. No shower in his 1915 Kansas City hour? No problem! A coffee can punched with holes and a hose section attached to the  basement plumbing made the house into a 1-1/2 bath residence. […]

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Linda on November 18th, 2009

Mabel Vogan Bly, 1891-1926 Today would be my grandmother’s birthday. She was born 18 November 1891 in Kansas City, Missouri, the daughter of Louisa Stein Vogan. She is about 16 years old in this picture, and I love her sense of style and what seems to be a sense of playfulness behind that smile.

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Linda on November 16th, 2009

Franz Adolph and Isabelle Rose McCart Bly This is the tombstone of my great-grandparents, who are buried in Moberly, Missouri. Nothing appears to be unusual, and it looks like a good source of  genealogy proof material. But here is where the lesson lies–be skeptical of the genealogy “proof” you locate–it doesn’t always give you the […]

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Linda on November 11th, 2009

This was one of my dad’s first cameras–it’s a Brownie Junior Six-16, manufactured between 1934 and 1942. Selling price: $2.75. Its film size was 616 and the picture size 2 1/2″ x 4 1/4″. My dad was an amateur photographer who took many black and white images while he was in college in the late […]

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Linda on November 10th, 2009

I would like to know how this McCart ties into my John McCart line.

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Linda on November 7th, 2009

Our autumn flowers.

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Linda on November 4th, 2009

hese binoculars belonged to my husband’s grandmother and were given to her in 1903. They are engraved with initials: the first two I cannot make out, but they are not those of her eventual husband. It says, ” _ _ to M. W. -03-”  Lillian would have been 20 years old when she was presented […]

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