The Pleasures of Vintage Ephemera: Eddie!!

I bought an old diary at a garage sale. Three years ago. For 25 cents.

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I finally took a good look.

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I can’t stop smiling.

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You don’t need me to tell you why.

In 1940, Lois loved Eddie. A lot.

And Eddie loved Lois.

May 1 was the big day:

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Let’s just assume they lived happily ever after, shall we?

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68 thoughts on “The Pleasures of Vintage Ephemera: Eddie!!

  1. What a precious find. And this time you don’t have a mystery to solve because you know the name of the owner and her beloved. My day is nicer now, because of his tender post.

    • The author of the diary lived very close to here and it’s possible I could find a family member if I tried. But then I think, “Hmmm–the diary was at a garage sale–how much could the family care?”

    • I don’t know how it turned out. I could probably find out if I really tried but what if they ended up sad? Like Eddie went to WWII and came back a broken shell of a man and Lois had to take in laundry to support them and the children didn’t turn out right because, as it happened, Eddie and Lois were first cousins? Do we really want to know?

      • You know, I could probably put a post on Facebook and someone would share it and then someone would say, “Oh, I went to school with Eddie and Lois’s son.” And then I’d find out I was related to them. That’s how things happen in this area I live–everybody knows everybody! Except me–I moved away for 35 years and know no one!

    • I have to admit I wonder about that. I should’ve asked the garage sale woman what she knew about it. The addresses in the diary are from towns very close to here–I bet the families are still in the area.

  2. Oh the passion of the young! 🙂 There will have been vicissitudes aplenty, for what love story does not have some drama and loss and rediscovery within it? But in the end true love will surely have warmed their aging bones………

    • I like the way you think! That’s my vision for them, too, and they could still be alive. Her enthusiasm for her guy did make me remember how we all decorated our notebooks in school with names of boys we liked, and hearts, and flowers . . .

    • It is funny–it took me right back to junior high and puppy love! And did you notice that Eddie worked for a place called Band Box Cleaners?! I love the details . . .

  3. Do the diary entries stop after the marriage? You have the name of Lois Blair’s town – Monets??? Clinton County, New York. And Eddie’s return address was White Plains, New York. Perhaps your local library could help you track them down. Census records, city directories….

    • The entries stop in June of the same year, after Lois got a job. The town is Mooers, just 15 miles or so from where I live, right on the Canadian border. Eddie lived nearby in the town of Rouses Point but was on a trip to White Plains, and writing home. I think I could track them down . . . pondering it.

  4. This is so sweet–and undoubtedly full of cultural info from the time. I doubt the family wants it–or it would not have been in a sale. A few years ago, I found a Bible that had come over from Scotland with a family patriarch in the late 1800’s. I knew who it had belonged to, tracked down some relatives and lo, they didn’t care or want it. I still have it.

  5. Very tender and sweet. And I am pleased to see that even before the advent of social media, the exclamation mark was over-used!!! A few more for the lovely Eddie and Lois!!!!!!

  6. What a great discovery! The best twenty-five cent purchase ever. You’ll have to let us know what you decide to do next with Lois and Eddie. I’m actually fine with not knowing more and I agree that since someone sold it in a garage sale it’s questionable about it’s importance but you never know.

  7. Sometime fragments of real life can be so much better than any novel. We have lots of ‘found’ photo albums and we always believe the family and their kids lived happily ever after.

  8. It’s often good not to know what happened next but we are all naturally curious aren’t we? Even Charlotte Bronte in Jane Eyre with her ‘Reader, I married him’, then went on to tell us what happened during the next ten years. I can’t imagine why anyone would want to sell such a precious thing in a garage sale. Even if there was no-one left in the family close enough to Lois and Eddie to feel any emotion I still wouldn’t sell it for any amount. I might offer it to the local library for their archives though. I am glad you found it and appreciate it.

    • I’m pretty happy not knowing what happened–there’s a great deal of poverty and hard luck in this region and the story may not have ended easily for Eddie and Lois. But, you’re right, the curiosity, the drive for closure, keeps me thinking about them . . .

  9. Kerry, what a treasure! I magnified the pages so I could have a closer look. I would love to get my hands on a family treasure like that, but appreciate that everyone is different. Some people seem to get by without a sentimental bone in their body. I’m not on of them. What do you think you’ll do?

    • If this diary were from one of my own family members, I’d never let it go! I don’t know what I’ll do with this. Knowing me, nothing. I’ll mean to but then get distracted by making candy or ironing or the next blog post and Eddie and Lois will sleep quietly in the diary pages . . .

      • Perhaps they’re meant to sleep. Meanwhile, you’ve opened the pages and shared with us and that’s pretty special.

        Ah…the curse of so many hobbies. There is always something to do. 🙂

  10. What a fantastic find! It always makes me sad when documents like this end up in a garage sale–but it’s so wonderful when someone like you salvages it from potential destruction.

    • Just imagine how many old diaries and papers get thrown away every day! It makes me sad and it’s such a loss of social history–these diaries give such insight to the way regular people lived.

  11. What a lovely find, finding pretty paper ephemera is one of my favourites to find at the thrift shop. I once found a Spanish bible with all sorts of religious cards and paper clippings, such a treasury. And I love to assume they lived a very happy life together.

  12. That’s so cute, wow. We don’t have garage sales over here, but I love the idea of picking up something so personal and getting a little insight into someone else’s past life. We need to write things down so that some day in the future someone might find a diary stuffed full of thoughts and memories. xx

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