Friday, January 7, 2011


While posting about things that make me happy I was thinking about some items from my past that I have held on to over the years, some old enough (and not on  acid free paper) that they are crumbling to bits.  I went to find a few certain ones and ended up rifling through the whole box, diaries from high school, notes from friends, ticket stubs, movie stubs, photos. I was so happy reading through some of it, it made me remember why I was friends with someone or why I loved them... so I'm going to share just a wee bit here.
This is a note from me to my sister... it must have been 1987
A tin full of old buttons, letters from my pen pals, some old notes, letters
old stubs from a ballet, a concert, notes, some diary entries...
Old high school, photos, letters from old boyfriends
A friend who was an artist sent these, telling me to "save face" hahaha...
This lovely stack is from Greg & I when we briefly lived in different cities.
Lots of post cards Greg & I sent, I found a whole 'Alice in Wonderland' stack
I just liked the front of this envelope from me to Greg
dated 1987.... BACK of note
This is a funny note from my sister FRONT


  1. Okay,Dear Tav, here are a few tips on preserving those items for your grandchildren. Take letters out of envelopes and unfold them. Place the most precious items in polyester film sheets (see thru sheets that are archival quality.)Seperate other items with acid free sheets of paper and place in acid free folders and/or an acid free box. Store them all in a cool dry place safe from environmental contaminants (these include things like hairspray, moth balls, air fresheners, dust and children). Color photos should be kept in colder temps if possible, but NOT moist. They can be kept in freezer bags in a frost free fridge even. Color negatives should definately be kept this way. Or you could just scan and keep them digitally. If you have newspaper/magazine clippings you should separate them from the other stuff. They increase the deterioration rate of things around them as they degrade. Even better, you should copy them onto acid free paper, and toss out the originals. And remember, if you save something for yourself, only, leave instructions that they are to be destroyed when you are gone, or better yet, destroy them yourself and be sure. I have read many things that people never meant to see the light of day, but their trust was broken by a family member, friend and even a doctor and spiritual counselor. By the way, if Greg has a bunch of materials from his work experience, he should do the same. Those types of records are often valuable to certain organizations and could/should be retained for study by future historians. :)

  2. I did not mean Greg should destroy his work stuff. It should be preserved. There is a huge market for advertizing and other records of popular culture. : ) Of course a lot of his stuff is probably electronic, which mostly needs to be backed up and tranferred to up to date software and hardware when necessary.

  3. THanks for the advice, can I hire you to do all that? It's funny, I was searching for a small note you wrote to me in Phoenix, I saw it recently when I was re-arranging a room, it is so sweet, when I come across it I will add it to this post!