Monday, May 30, 2011

I Bet Sarah Power Could Open It!

On my other blog, GenerationsOfGermans, I posted a copy of an old ad for a Volkswagen.  It was unbelievably sexist, but definitely of its time - circa 1960's.  As I looked at the other ads, some of them really made me giggle (and some of them were downright horrifying!).  Here's one that made me laugh.

Oh, yes.  I bet my great, great grandmother, Sarah Power Savage, could not have opened the old style ketchup bottle.  She managed to give birth to 13 children, travel from England and set up house in Utah in the 1850's.  I'm sure that my grandma, Marion Beagles Savage, who raised 7 children, and buried one, couldn't have opened that old fashioned bottle.  Oh, those frail and weak females - they really needed a ketchup bottle that was easy to open!  Never mind giving birth in primitive conditions, without drugs or doctors.  Never mind cooking every single meal, when the food was sometimes hard to come by, without a proper oven.  And the laundry, don't even get me started about just keeping the clothes and kids clean. Yes, by golly, having an easy to open ketchup bottle was such an advance for womankind.  Imagine, someday a woman might be strong enough to be a firefighter or emotionally stable enough to be an astronaut.  LOL

Seriously, I was laughing when I saw the ad.  She looks so darn pleased with herself, with her pretty red lips and perfectly done hair.  

Remember ladies, "You've come a long way baby."  Oh, wait, that's ad an for ladies cigarettes.  Ugh!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A Talented Tuesday AND Wednesday Wisdom “Two-Fer”

That’s right lucky readers.  You are getting a “two-fer-the-price-of-one” blog post.  But they are all free, so I’m not sure that really works…hmmm.  And then, “You get what you pay for” comes to mind.   If you pay nothing, you get…  Let’s find another, more positive, cliché, “The best things in life are free,” (like my blog posts).  But not all genealogy-related “best things” are free, nor should they be.  Moving along now.....

My mother did a great thing.  She took all of my dad’s photos, school reports, military records, etc. and put them into 3 large scrapbooks.  It was an awesome undertaking – there was a lot of material to organize.   I borrowed one of the volumes so that I could have a better look at what she had collected over the years.   This is all great, except that all of the photos have been glued (with archival safe product) to the pages, making it difficult to scan them.

This all hit home yesterday, when I was going to do a “Talented Tuesday” blog post.  After years of being a dentist, my dad retired.  One of the things he enjoyed doing was cooking/baking.  He even took a baking class at the hometown community college and won several ribbons for his entries in a school baking contest.  It seemed strange to me at the time.  Dad was always a good cook (his beef and pork roasts were the best!), but baking seemed, well, a little different.  I had never really seen him as a creative sort of person, until he got into the baking.   I thought it would be the perfect thing to blog about – until I couldn’t scan the photos my mom had taken of his contest entries.  Rats!

Where is this leading FlipPal.  Yep, I’m going to bite the bullet and get one.  I “Googled” around a bit and it seems as if this is the best option.  So, look for me at the FlipPal booth at Jamboree in a couple of weeks.  I’ll be the one doing the “happy family history researcher” dance!

Oh, and “Wednesday Wisdom” - Please don’t glue down those lovely original photos.  Mea culpa, by the way.  I have several scrapbooks that I put together with “archival quality” products.  Oh, they will probably last a long time, but it is nearly impossible to share those photos now.  Guess I will be doing lots of scanning!