Saturday, December 31, 2011

Vintage Postcard from Welo

to Mrs. P. Garcia, 6209 Idaho Ave
6-17-50 12:30PM
Leaving Pittsburgh, Pa. Had a wonderful flight, very smooth. We flew about 18000 ft. up. The name of the plane is "Son of Ireland," Constellation plane. There is 53 aboard. Expect to reach New York city about 3:00PM. We left St. Louis about 10:00AM. It is very cool at present. I guess we will be eating as soon as we leave. Love Dad

Friday, December 30, 2011

Postcards from Dad

to John Ryan, 812 N. Kenmore
Could you make a pot this big?
Love, Dad

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Postcards from the past

February 28, 1948
to Mrs. E.M. Singer, Moorhead Minn, R#2
I'll beat the cold there I'm sure but I thought you would like this picture. 
Will be glad when this trip is over --has been raining through Neb, love Loretta

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Dear Mom and Dad: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas: We Wish you a Merry Christmas from Marybeth on Vimeo . If you are in the mood here's a little Christmas video greeting, if not watch the ...

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Make a wish Nancy!

Happy Birthday!
(believe it or not all seven siblings are in this picture)

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Reblogging. If that's a word.

This old recording from 1967ish in Belgium just makes me laugh and a just little bit weepy.  I think it's me at the beginning and Kenny at the end.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Letters from Pana - "Has she a name yet?"

When I was born Mom sent Jim and Barbara to stay with Grandma and Grandpa Singer. I found these three short letters in an envelope addressed to Dora and Pete from Grandma Singer. I am posting them all together.

Mrs.  E. M. Singer
R. R. No. 3
Pana,  Illinois

Tuesday evening  (July 26, 1960)

Dear Jim & Dina & all

It is 10:00 O’clock and all is quiet, even Grandpa is asleep. Barbara and Jimmy were so good on the bus all the way and enjoyed the trip.  Barbara’s idea of bringing a lunch in her new lunch box worked perfect. They decided they wanted a sandwich by the time we reached the outskirts of East St. Louis. Then about  ½ hour later Jimmy signed and said “At least we finally caught our bus, but I forgot, where are we going?”  Just as we got off the bus at Pana Grandpa came with a big Township truck and took us to the station where the car was.  As soon as we got to the station Jimmy gave Grandpa his cigar and Don was  over here after supper so he gave him his cigar too.  They are looking forward to picking up potatoes as I dig them tomorrow.

Jimmy wasn’t sure he wanted to go to bed, but when we had finished our prayers I told them I would lie down with them for a while. They were both asleep in a few minutes.  Hope your are feeling  good Dina.

Much love to all,

Mrs.  E. M. Singer
R. R. No. 3
Pana,  Illinois
Thursday evening  (July 28, 1960)

Dear Dora and Pete & all,

If you are missing the two precious kiddies we have here as much as we are enjoying them, then I know you are missing them a great deal.  They both seem to be very content, no sign of homesickness at all yet.

Jimmy’s appetite hasn’t been so good, but then I guess he never does eat much and he has been somewhat constipated,  so I have been giving him prune juice and prunes and peaches.  Today he got good results from that and said “Grandma,  when  I want to go to the bathroom again I’ll tell you and you can give me more prune juice, because I just love it.”

When we were up town this morning we stopped to see Fern and Florence and they wanted us to have lunch with them, so we finished our shopping (a new straw hat for Grandpa) and on our way up to Florence’s I reminded the kiddies to be real nice kids at the table at Florence’s, then Barbara said “What if she gives me something to eat that I don’t like?”  Jimmy said “Well Barbara, they aren’t going to give you anything with poison in it, because they like us and they wish that they had some (the ink is in the room where the kiddies are sleeping) childred.”

This morning we went out in the pasture to hunt for blackberries. Found just a few that were ripe. We also found a baby bunny.  I sure wish there were more blackberries, the children enjoyed eating what few we could find. How are you Dina? Sure hope and pray all is well with you and the baby. Has she a name yet? I’ll bet Kenny is lost without B & Jim.  It will be quite a reunion when the family is all together again.  In the meantime, we will continue to enjoy these two for as long as we may be permitted to keep them. They are so good, I haven’t had any trouble with them at all.

It is just about midnight now and everyone else is asleep so I better go to bed too.

Don’t worry about the kiddies.

Grandma  Singer

Mrs.  E. M. Singer
R. R. No. 3
Pana,  Illinois

Monday morning (August  1, 1960)

Dear Dina, Jim & all

Just a quick note before I do down to start the washing.  B & J are asleep yet. They kept covered all night. It was so cool, nice for sleeping.   Jimmy found a seed in his cantaloupe and said he is going to plant it today so we will have a cantaloupe tree. They get quite a kick out of finding things to eat in the garden, such as potatoes and carrots.

The spent the most part of one afternoon in a tub of water in the yard, and eating carrots we had found in the garden. Barbara just came and crawled up on my lap, still half asleep. I asked her what she wanted to tell you and she says to tell you she will be home in a couple of weeks.

I will send you a snap shot I have. I took it the day after we came home from St. L.

The wiggle girl on my lap is my excuse for my scribbling this time.

David was so good last night. Paul & G. brought him here about 6:00. They stayed for supper then went to the races at Springfield. Ginny put David in the crib when she brought him and he didn’t wake up until 11:30 so we hardly knew we had him.

I just had a frightful scare. Jimmy stuck his head at of their bedroom door & hollered “Boo”.  So Grandma had better get busy. Don’t worry about our darlings. We are all doing fine.  Sure hope your Mom gets to feeling much better soon.

Love to all

Jimmy says “Be sure to tell mommy that David was here.”

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Birth Certificate

Not too long ago a family friend obtained my grandmother's birth certificate for me from the civil registry in Spain. My abuela always celebrated on May 2nd, but this says she was born on the 17th of May. Close enough! 

Friday, April 29, 2011

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Easter in St. Louis 1940

House on Idaho Street. Mom, Tio Don, the twins and a neighbor.
Why does everyone look so miserable? Look at Don's jacket and socks.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

What's in a name?

My grandmother named her Doraldina so she wouldn't 
have a nickname. I'm sure Dina saw the humor in that 
and in this newspaper getting her name wrong.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Cherry Blossoms

 Tidal Basin circa 1970
Check out the Swan Boat!

(Pretty sure that's the back of Dad's head.)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Wonderful World of Bloggers

Tracie from Spirits of the Old put me on her Lovely Blog Award list. 

I am working on paying it forward, and will post some favorites soon.
So many bloggers, so little time.  Thanks!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Mish Mash!

Polaroid and Falling Water from Marybeth on Vimeo.

In case you don't listen to the whole tape, Mom is not the one playing the piano (Punch buggy, no punch back!)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


 I don't know when this was taken, but it feels like January.
Photo by James P. Ryan

Sunday, January 9, 2011

I had to laugh

Betty and Mom yuk it up.

This is from one of Grandma Singer's albums, 
but I think that is Dad's hand up in the corner.