Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Sharing a Life through Ephemera
But there's another way that can happen - almost directly! Last Tuesday my friend Carolyn made the 90-minute trip up to my place and we had a marvelous play date. If you're reading this and you know Carolyn, then you know how prepared she is. And last Tuesday was no exception - not only did she bring all of her ATC supplies, but all of her soldering equipment and a HUGE box of ephemera for picking (YAY for me!).
And it was in this box that I could see a story unfold.
I don't even know the gentleman's name, but there's an amazing timeline set before me: Penn State programs from the 30s, Civil Service brochures, and a TON of Westinghouse engineering magazines and pamphlets, where he was a civil engineer, from wartime through the Fifties. There is even an entire folder of lawn care brochures. Keep in mind, this stuff was probably just thrown in a box; it was Carolyn's meticulous museum-quality organization and categorization of the ephemera that made the timeline come to life.