Wednesday, November 17, 2004

old mementoes, new castles

According to my mom, Grandpa Stevens was carrying that coin purse up to the time of his death (in 1938, I believe); then Grandma carried it until the time of her death in 1965.  It looks like the penny is 1903, the old quarter is 1902, and the silver dollar is 1921.  That quarter at the lower right-hand corner obviously got mixed in later, since it's from 1944, the year of my birth.

My mom sold Avon products and became good friends with most of her customers.  One elderly lady, Mrs. Sherry, gave her this $2 bill when they were first issued.  Most of the general public decided to save these rather than spend them, I believe; so the government quit making them before too long.

Now let's skip a couple of generations, from my mom to my grandson, Brett.  He had to make a castle for a school project this past week.  I think he did great!

5 comments:

barbpinion said...

Just loved this entry. I hold onto things myself. I've got a ration book from WW2, coins dated 1936, pictures from the mid 1800's. Your grandson did a great job with the castle. *Barb* http://journals.aol.com/barbpinion/HEYLETSTALK

ryanagi said...

I love that coin purse! That is so cool!

plieck30 said...

Just reminded me I have an old coin purse my daddy use to take to the market when he took vegtables to sell. I also have some of those $2.00 bills. I like the castle your grandson made. Paula

toonguykc said...

I can hardly remember when those 2 dollar bills came out.  Late 70's?  Early 80's?  I just know that I had one which looked too exotic to spend.  Ever.  Do you have one of those gold dollar coins?  

krobbie67 said...

Great pics! All so very interesting. :-) ---Robbie