There are many antique stores here in the Ozarks and they are full of treasures and trips down memory lane. I often look for, and find, old photographs. Looking at them I wonder who the folks in the pictures were, who did they love, what did they do for a living, and how did these priceless gems end up in an antiques store so many miles from their original home?
On a recent treasure hunt I found a scrapbook that dates back to 1944. It chronicles a soldier's experiences in World War II, apparently in Germany, Africa and Japan. That soldier was PVT Robert Winquist. There are photos, typed reports of battles, hometown newspaper articles of local war heroes, as well as greeting cards and letters he received from his wife and family. I am still reading all the interesting mementos, but I want to share parts of this amazing memoir from one America's true heroes, who fought on foreign soil, who often didn't see his family for as long as two years, and fortunately returned home to enjoy the freedom he risked his life for.
For more of this soldier's scrapbook go to Picture This At Last where I have posted some photos, newspaper clippings, and Army documents from 1944 and 1945.
Greeting cards are ageless and have filled scrapbooks and boxes for generations. More often than not it is the sentimental value that makes them family treasures. Sometimes they are just too pretty to toss out. In any case, they are "Made For Keeps"!
These cards are beautifully preserved in the scrapbook, as are the love and feelings expressed in the verses as well as the handwritten notes. Enjoy this little peek into the lives of a World War II veteran and his loved ones.
Just imagine, all my fellow-cardmakers, who might find our cards in 60 years and what might they think about them. I won't be around, but I hope my love and best wishes will live on in my cards.