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Illustrating the Point

DearREADERS,
From a public genealogy mailing list at RootsWeb we read:

From: June Booth <June@bootha.com>
Sent: Friday, February 18, 2005 6:21 PM
To: PERSONAL-HISTORIAN-USERS-L@rootsweb.com
Subject: [Personal-Historian-Users] Eventful morning

I just spent a very gratifying morning clearing up some facts on my childhood. I recall going to the Golden Gate Exposition in San Francisco sometime in 1939 or 1940. And have a picture of my mother and myself sitting on the edge of a big fountain there in San Francisco.

Going onto the internet, I just typed in Golden Gate Exposition into my Google search engine. Looking at various sites that Google brought up, I found an aerial picture of Treasure Island where the Exposition was held. I could see the fountain in that picture.

I saved the picture and pasted it into the story I am writing about that trip. I also found a picture of a ticket stub that was used at that Exposition. I also copied and pasted that into my story.

I had been unsure as to the year we went to San Francisco, but from the picture and the memories I had of it, I decided we were there in 1940, early in the summer before the exposition closed. I was also able to gather some facts about the event as well.

Just finding little tidbits like that will really help your personal history come to life.

DearREADERS, this was my reply:
I think pictures are an important part of pulling together our personal histories. My grandchildren will never know life as I knew it as a child (no locks on our front doors, etc.) But if I continue to write my personal history, I can describe life in the "olden days" so they can see outside the box of their life experiences.


To that end, I have gathered some circa 1950s postcards of Puyallup Washington's daffodils, and
some others depicting the sites in the Seattle area. I purchased them online through EBay. I plan to use these to "illustrate" my personal history. I remember going to visit my Grandma Myrtle (Weiser) Player Severinson in Puyallup, and attending the Daffodil Parade. She used to give me a little money so I cold go down the street for bubble gum and candy at the Piggley Wiggley. She had a detached garage, with a huge flower garden on the side. I remember that she grew delphiniums and peonies. Strange sounding names for pretty flowers, eh?

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt      :)
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