Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Ephemera ~ Miscellaneous 2



Did you ever expect to see an Income Tax Return that is 66 years old? Neither did I, but when I cleaned out my mom's desk, I found it. It is the year I was born, and the first year they could claim me on their return, so I suppose that is why they kept it (and why I find it hard to toss out).

On the right: a note my mom wrote listing the adoption expenses they incurred. I didn't cost them much back then, did I? Let's just say I made up for it in later years, with dance, vocal and piano lessons, to say nothing of clothing and college.

And the piece de resistance = a $1 cash receipt from 1932, which doesn't even say what was purchased. Now I ask you, who in the world would keep that receipt? My parents (and I guess me too)....LOL

19 comments:

vicki said...

Of course, you know I can relate to these bits of recorded history. Fascinating! I'm smiling because it offers a post script to the adoption story below. Also, I remember when Dan was born that I thought, wow, a 1,000. per pound- and he was a big baby. Wonder what the price per pound will be for grandchildren?

Peter said...

You REALLY do have a bit of everything Judy, I think you are way beyond pack rat.

Sissy B. said...

I am a scrapbooking junkie..and bits of history such as this make me want to delve into that box of memorabilia that stares at me from the corner of my office. Thanks for the extra push!!! I like pack rats :)

srp said...

What is "The Diamond"? A store? Restaurant? Back then you could get much for a dollar. The idea of putting these in a scrapbook with acid free pages to preserve them is great. They have a spray you can treat paper with to preserve it as well.

Tan Lucy Pez said...

Absolutely fascinating!

You have to save these things of course! I'm NOT a saver, and I would save them.

Terri said...

Oh, that price list for the adoption was, well, priceless! Gosh, that's SO neat. Not many of us could produce something like that with all the prices listed. I sure can see why you can't throw any of this away. My goodness, it's a part of your history.
I really DO need to get into that trunk of mine soon and see what I come up with.
Enjoyed your photos and posting.

Sue said...

Great glimpses into the past. I have boxes of stuff like this put away from my late Mom and grandmother.

Seamus said...

That is such a wonderful keepsake! TG some things never make the trash! :)

Jamie Dawn said...

Saving that one dollar receipt is so odd to me since I blink at the Dollar Store and spend $20. :)

moon said...

I think finding all those precious peices of the past is fascinating. I think if I found pieces like that I would put them in one of those shadow box frames with doodads and whatnots from the same time frame. That way they could be kept safe and seen my many all at the same time.
Thanks so much for sharing with all of us.

ET said...

I keep papers until I forget what they were for - but something like that tax form with you being the first year offically in the family I would keep for sure.

Wordnerd said...

That is incredibly fascinating! I love coming across things like that! And yes, you were a very cheap baby! LOL!

When my husband's grandfather passed away, my father-in-law and his two siblings went to the house to clean it out. Granddad kept everything -- every stub of every water bill since 1932, every check, every receipt. It was a rats' nest to them...to me? I wish I could have been there!

OldHorsetailSnake said...

And you were (are) worth every penny, Jude. And more.

brendalove@gmail.com said...

Oh my God!!! A 66 year old tax return form....and I STILL can't understand tax forms!

Claude said...

Don't throw anything away, Judy. Your children will love going through it. I have thrown away lots of things when I moved flats, just because I thought I didn't have room to keep them and am sorry I did. It's family memory.

Raggedy said...

I am finding this so fascinating. I don't have any history like that. I imagine my Grandmother had such things but I do not know if anyone bothered to keep them. What a treasure all this wonderful stuff is!
Have a wonderful day!
*^_^
(=':'=) meow hugs
(")_ (")Š from da Raggedy one

Jennifer said...

From The Diamond!!! Hey, $1 or not, it's priceless now!

Michele said...

How wonderful that your mother kept this - and that you now keep it. There are many moments when I wish I had kept something sentimental or even quirky - but alas, I have become a get-rid-of-the-evidence kind of girl.

I wish I was more like you - in mnay ways.

PI said...

I kept my eldest son's letters from university and last time he was here he asked if hecould have them - which of course he could and did/. I may say I provided all the s.a.e's.