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Vintage Easter cards

Easter will soon be upon us. Seems an appropriate moment to post some vintage Easter cards. These belonged to my mother’s side of the family. Two are from her Aunt Jessie Trewin—the top card and the one with the little girl holding the yellow bonnet full of chicks. The rest are unlabelled or from ‘aunties’, i.e., friends of my grandmother’s. I think I like the top one and the one used in the blog’s header the best. Very sweet!
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Categories: Easter, Holidays & Festivities, Vintage cards | 2 Comments

The Wait Family Bible—the David Wait and John Oliver Wait families of Perth Amboy, New Jersey

In the nearly four years I’ve been doing this blog, I don’t recall anyone contacting me about thePerth Amboy, NJ, Wait family line—except for a gentleman from the Herriott Heritage Association who kindly alerted me to the link between the Waits and the Herriotts. The lack of contact surprises me a bit since the David Wait family was large as was John Oliver Wait’s. Surely there are other descendants out there, some of whom may hold interesting information. Perhaps folks are afraid I am going to take their information and publish it, which is definitely not the case. I’m very respectful of others’ wishes when it comes to the family history content that has remained within their family line for generations. I only share details people want me to share and give me permission to share. And I always give credit where credit is due.

Anyway, if you’ve been following this blog, you may recall that I’ve written a number of posts on the Waits. See: Post 1, Post 2, Post 3, Post 4, Post 5 and Post 6. I have not done much more research on the family since my last post, which was back in 2013, but I hope to get back on track soon.

Meanwhile, I thought I would post these pages from the Wait family Bible. Descendants reading this blog are welcome to email me to request watermark-free images for their personal records. We can also compare family tree information, if you like. The Bible itself is not in great shape, as you can imagine, and I try never to open it any more than necessary. My great-grandmother Margaret Lewis Martin Brodhead was its last owner, and she passed it down to my father who had a tremendous interest in family history.

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My family’s line down from David Wait (b. 1754):

1-David Wait b. 20 May 1754, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, d. 11 Nov
1810, Perth Amboy, Middlesex Co., NJ
+Irene Bell b. 20 Oct 1764, CT, d. 31 May 1804, Perth Amboy, Middlesex Co., NJ
|—–2-John Oliver Wait b. 10 Jan 1787, Perth Amboy, Middlesex Co., NJ, d. 23
| Nov 1876, Perth Amboy, Middlesex Co., NJ, bur. 24 Nov 1876, Alpine
| Cemetery, Middlesex Co., NJ
| +Elizabeth Crow b. 11 Sep 1792, Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., NJ, d. 9 May
| 1854, Perth Amboy, Middlesex Co., NJ, bur. Perth Amboy, Middlesex Co.,
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| |—–3-Margaret Ann Wait b. 7 Mar 1817, Perth Amboy, Middlesex Co., NJ,
| | d. 26 Mar 1851, Perth Amboy, Middlesex Co., NJ
| | +Juebb (Jacob) Lewis d. After 25 Mar 1851
| | |—–4-Sarah Augusta Lewis b. 25 Nov 1836, Perth Amboy, Middlesex
| | | Co., NJ, d. 1900, bur. Alpine Cemetery, Middlesex Co., NJ
| | +Moses Martin b. 1833, d. 1883, bur. Alpine Cemetery,
| | Middlesex Co., NJ
| | |—–5-Margaret Lewis Martin b. Jun 1859, Perth Amboy, New
| | | Jersey, d. 1945, Elizabeth, Union Co, NJ, bur.
| | | Evergreen Cemetery, Hillside, Union Co., NJ
| | | +Andrew Douglas Brodhead b. 17 Aug 1853, East Mauch
| | | Chunk, Carbon Co., PA, c. 6 Feb 1854, 1st
| | | Presbyterian Church, Mauch Chunk, Carbon Co., PA, d.
| | | 6 May 1917, At Home, Elizabeth, Union, NJ, bur.
| | | Evergreen Cemetery, Hillside, Union Co., NJ
| | | |—–6-Frank Martin Brodhead b. 5 Feb 1882, Perth
| | | | Amboy, Middlesex Co., NJ, d. 8 May 1951,
| | | | Elizabeth, Union Co., NJ, bur. Evergreen
| | | | Cemetery, Hillside, Union Co., NJ

Categories: Family Bibles, New Jersey, Perth Amboy, Wait | 2 Comments

100-year-old Christmas greetings

Merry Christmas, all! I stumbled on a few more Christmas cards—these from 1914… exactly 100 years ago! These were sent to my grandmother who was 31 at the time and still single. One from her dear friend Ruth Cheney. The others from senders unknown (to me). The themes? Charles Dickens’ first novel—The Pickwick Papers (published in 1836)—and his novella Cricket on the Hearth (published in 1845). Even in 1914, they were timeless classics. One bonus of finding these cards? My grandmother’s address in 1914: 135 Murray St., Elizabeth, NJ!

Well, back to those Christmas cookies! Have a magical day!

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Zillah Trewin, 1919 (age 36)

Zillah Trewin, 1919 (age 36)

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Categories: Christmas, Elizabeth, Union Co., Holidays & Festivities, New Jersey, Trewin, Vintage cards | 5 Comments

Merry Christmas in vintage cards

Yours truly 50 years ago---looks like I'm vintage now, too!

Yours truly many moons ago—looks like I’m vintage now, too! Ho Ho Ho!

As Christmas approaches,
it’s fun to look back on vintage cards.
These probably date back to the 1920s & 1930s.
I especially like the one that says:
“When Santa comes and Santa goes,
may the things you want be in your hose”!
—Followed by the ominous:
“Now don’t you peek and try to see
The things upon your Christmas tree
‘Cause if you do, old Santa might
Decide to take them back tonight”!

As I’m unlikely to post again before the New Year,
I want to take this moment to wish you all
a very Merry Christmas
and all the joy and magic this holiday season brings!
Enjoy!

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Categories: Christmas, Holidays & Festivities, Vintage cards | 10 Comments

1920’s children’s book: Frowzy Frump, Horace Bristle, et al

The Did and Didn't Book by Paul Wing, pub. 1925

Our personal copy of the The Did and Didn’t Book by Paul Wing, pub. 1925

“A New Book for Boys and Girls,” The Westfield Leader, Nov. 11, 1925, p. 16

When I was a small child, I could stare at Harry Linnell’s  illustrations in The Did and Didn’t Book for what seemed like hours. The cover image, in particular, left me completely transfixed.

The book, written by Paul Wing and published in 1925 by C.E. Rock Co., NY, belonged to my mother, who would have been two at the time of its publication. It ended up on her shelf of children’s books for her own children many years later. It’s still under copyright, so I can’t publish the contents here (yet, anyway).

Suffice it to say, it is a short book containing a persuasive story as to why little children should bathe and brush their teeth. The main characters are David and Lorraine, Horace Bristle, a little white Teletubby-like creature called Igloo, a fellow with no teeth named ‘Didn’t’, and a mud-covered character (obviously not a regular bather!) called Frowzy Frump.

At the end of the book, a surprise awaited the children of the 1925 purchasers of the book: a ‘Does It Kit,’ containing a little cake of soap, a wash cloth, toothpaste, and a toothbrush resembling Horace Bristle. Mom has no memory of those inclusions; but no matter, they were destined to disappear quite quickly anyway. But the book–now in very worn condition–still sits on our shelves. And I still occasionally leaf through it, enjoying the illustrations more than anything. I don’t know how much of a rarity this book is, but like many other children’s books with captivating illustrations, it is a testament to the power of an illustrator’s paint brush and the lingering impact their images can have on a child’s imagination.

New York Sun, 8 December 1925 (Credit: FultonHistory.com)

New York Sun, 8 December 1925 (Credit: FultonHistory.com)

Some children who may well have been recipients of The Did and Didn’t Book appear in the photo below. I treasure this photo of my dad’s 1927 birthday party which was attended by my mother! For the moment, I’ll leave it to my family of regular readers to try to figure out which children they are.

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How about you? Any favorite illustrated books from your childhood come to mind? (Frankly, I recall none devoted to the topic of bathing and tooth brushing!) As a child of the sixties, my personal favorites are The Adventures of Mr. Gilfump, many of the Dr. Seuss books, and of course, Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are.

Note: Another children’s hygiene book from that era is 1913’s Yourself and Your Wonderful House. Full of all sorts of advice for parents on raising children, it is viewable online on the Open Library website. Some images from that book can be seen below.

*From: http://archive.wmlnj.org/TheWestfieldLeader/1925/1925-11-11/pg_0016.pdf

Categories: Antiquarian publications, Children's books, Westfield Union Co NJ | 4 Comments

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