Thursday, May 10, 2012

My Dad's Address Book

Back in March when I was visiting my brother he gave me my Dad's cigar box and inside the box was his address book.  Below is the inside cover of his address book with all his addresses he lived at in Florida, the top one is were I lived as a kid. 

Notice the little cross in the top center.  My Dad did that on every document, letter, budget page he wrote one. 

Inside of cover
Here is an inside page of the address book.  When I first saw his entries I was thrill to see how he label each person with their relationship to himself.  I am even listed as his daughter.  I won't show those pages tonight.  I plan to track them on Google Maps so I can see all the different areas I lived at in Miami, Florida.  This book doesn't any of my Fort Lauderdale addresses. 

Some other Hartmanns with relationship
This is definitely a treasure to have, thanks Don for giving it to me.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

A Blast from the Past

A picture of me in front of my first home I owned
about 1989 or 1990.

I gave this picture to my husband when we were dating, he carried it in his wallet, so it is a little ragged around the edges.
I really liked that outfit.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Antique Hanger

I am not sure when an item becomes an antique but because this hanger belonged to my Grandma Aunt I will call it an antique.

We have been remodeling here at my house and yesterday while I was replacing the cloths and hangers in the cloths closet I notice this one wooden hanger that had HARTMANN written into the wood.  I thought I remember this hanger.  I am not sure but I think it is the one my Dad hung his Fireman uniform on and it is his writing. 

I turned it over and I could barely make out some writing on the other side, the first word I noticed was Corkish.  It took a couple of minutes but I was able to see Mrs. Richard Bently Corkish.  I have never seen or remember seeing this writing  on the hanger before.   But I remember the writing from birthday cards I use to receive from my Grandma Aunt.  I stand corrected my grandfather was Alfred Bentley, so this belonged to my uncle's wife.  Thanks cousin Holly for the correction.

Why did Grandma Aunt Lucille write her name on her hanger?  Was it so it would be returned to her? Was it a tradition or a gift? 

I think my Dad wrote his name on it to find his uniform easier when it hung with other uniforms.

So how did this hanger make it all the way to Mesa, Arizona from Nantucket Island, Massachusetts?  This is what I think my Mom Annette Corkish used the hanger and took it with her to New York.  She married my Dad who used it.  Then I took it when I left home and moved many times until I arrived here. 

I like wood hangers so I won't have thrown it out.  I think I never noticed the writing before because I wouldn't have appreciated it then as much as I do now. 

Funny how things change as you mature.

One small step for me and my ancestors.  

Wednesday, May 2, 2012