Lost Art of Collecting Birth and Death Notices

sketch of two boys and two girls
My two older brothers and sisters

This picture was always a favourite of mine growing up.  My eldest brother John, older sister Barbara, my late sister Mary and Thomas.  I came along 8 years after Thomas naturally I was not included.  They look so happy and joyful.  I asked my brother Thom if he could scan his and send me a copy, which he promptly took care of, now that he is retired.   He asked me for a photo of me when I was a baby or child that I could add to this, but I haven’t found one yet.  I did go to my copy of the “Glover” book, and found a number of cut outs that my mum had done with birth and death notices since the book was published.  I am amazed at how good she did at keeping them.  In order for someone to send you a notice, they first have to know your address.  I am not sure how many of my relatives know my mailing address.  We all correspond in email form now or look on Facebook or a blog to see what someone is up to.  I don’t know about you, but do you nicely catalog all your emails, notices etc.???  Do you “tag” your pictures or letters?  Do you move everything over if you get a new computer?  I don’t know if my kids do any of this stuff.  Yet they have a host of cousins, aunts and uncles that they’ve never seen, and the connection has withered somewhat by time and distance.

So now that I have a copy of this lovely picture, I am going to see if  can get it printed on that lovely matted paper that they used to use, and frame it so I can see it.  I guess the next thing to do would be to scan all those notices or list them somewhere in the book so the story can continue in “The Glover Book” .

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