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Wednesday
Oct202010

(Part 3) 1935 Trip to New York Scrapbook

I know I promised that we would continue Ms. O'Brien's Monday notes, but I ran across a few pages of her clippings before she continues her Monday notes.  This is because I'm working through the scrapbook in the order of pages that she created.  So here's a few pages from the scrapbook before we continue on with her trip...

One small note  -- I refer to our scrapbook author as "Ms. O'Brien" because I haven't found her first name throughout the scrapbook.  I was only able to put her last name together based on very limited details throughout and no mention of a husband (Ms.). 

One small bit of information I ran across was that the National Association of Organists group broke up in 1935 and many of its members joined the American Guild of Organists so this specific convention might have been one of note.  This union of member from both organizations brought together the more academically involved/full-time musicians with the part-time musicians who had primary jobs other than music as their profession.

The small fortune tickets were generally dispensed by "weight and fortune" coin operated machines that guessed your weight or health and would dispense a fortune ticket.  Here are some closeups of the article clippings...

Ms. O'Brien definitely had a keen interest in saving and collecting clippings for her scrapbook.  My bet is that she had several other scrapbooks throughout her life.  Tomorrow, we will continue with her notes on the Monday of her trip to New York -- I promise.

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Reader Comments (3)

Thank goodness! I was looking for a diversion from work and you came through for me, Brian. You and Mrs. O'Brien, that is. I am glad she saved all of this stuff, but I bet she never imagined that people like us would be perusing it with such interest so many years later. Maybe I should go downstairs right now and get rid of those old letters of mine.

October 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

I would assume that the newspaper clippings would be correct in using the address of Madam on the one and Mrs. on the other, that Mrs. J. E. O'Brien would be proper.

October 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDave Dubé

Just save those letters Christine and make sure a future relative sells them at a garage sale for $5.00 so someone in the future can enjoy them on their holographic blog. And Dave, you're probably right there. I held off calling her that because I think later on she refers to another O'Brien and I wasn't sure. I guess we'll all find out later together. I'll try to look ahead and see for sure again.

October 20, 2010 | Registered CommenterBrian Carlisle

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