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Throwback Thursday

I'm joining Martha today and a Throwback Thursday with a another tidbit of our lives here in Texas. Well, some of the family this time. Mostly Bud's side. In fact a lot of Bud's history. I have, in our main hallway, three walls I like to call our Nostalgia Walls. Family heirlooms & keepsakes and portraits. This week, it's Navy, Retirement, Grandparents, and a little snippet of my mother. So, here goes: 


The above photo is dated 1940. It's a calender of his grandparents' store in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This is where Bud had his first job...a stocker and sacker....but, many years later than this year on the calender by several years.

Next, on another wall is all about NAVY. Bud was stationed on three ships during his long stint as a seaman. His MO was an I C man...radio communications mostly. The three ships were the J D Blackwood, Tabberer, and the U S S O'Hare. [the O'Hare airport in downtown Chicago was named after Commander O'Hare and has a huge picture of the ship in the terminal.] Of the three ships he was aboard, he has two of the ships' crest plaques...the O'Hare



The clear round piece behind the rabbit with white lines is part of O'Hare's [the ship] gyro-compass.
...and the U S S Tabberer
Now, this ship has quite a history in the naval record books. Commendations, and such. Why even, if you may have heard, the Halsey's Typhoon is all about the ship Tabberer. I cannot tell you the story verbatim, and yet I've heard it many times. It's best you read about it if interested. The link is provided with its name.
His last ship on the wall is the J Douglas Blackwood.

And the tied knot along the wall is called a monkey's fist knot tied by him years ago.

After being discharged, Bud eventually landed a job with the U S Government and worked for the very same for nearly 30 years before retiring. His last day to report to work, it's traditional the retiree gets the flag flown outside the building as a momento...here is his:





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The rest of the walls are other family members...my grandmother's wedding portrait, Our kids from birth to High School Graduation and U S Marine Corps, grandsons, oh, and my mother's bible. She was a very devout Christian...read her bible nightly and oftentimes aloud,  [you can look closely and see how frayed from use it is!] THE hanky she carried everywhere, her prized thimble which no one else was allowed to use, her high school graduation ring, her mother's ring and a 1930 autograph book of her classmates [behind the bible, invisible in the photo]. They're there, all within reach of safe keeping where I can grab them quickly if a disaster falls upon us!!

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  1. Hello, Anni,

    These are all great memory keepers. I like the old calender. The navy ship plaque with the rabbit is cute. Take care, i hope your day is great!

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  2. What a great idea to have all this history displayed. Walking down that hallway is pretty much a walk down memory lane.

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    1. It's all there on purpose so I can grab them quickly in case of hurricane evacuation

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  3. you have a History Wall Hall. love it! great idea. we only have one history on our wall in the hall, Bob's Plauge and photo of him when he caught the biggest fish in the tournament in 1985..
    I would love to see those rings up close and the Bible. About the clean dresses on my cousin and me. that was most probably going to or coming home from Sunday School. all other photos from the past we were in shorts and shirts and yes we played in the mud and dirt. we lived on a dirt road and loved to wade in mud after it rained... somewhere there is a photo of the two of us and my brother all sitting in tubs in that same spot in the photo... each of us got a wash tub full of water to play in because the GA summers were HOT

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    1. I like the reference of history wall hall. And that tub of water on a hot summer day sounds good to me!

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  4. What a wonderful idea for a wall.
    I have used the same idea using shelves in my library and other rooms.
    I am so far from being a minimalist it isn't funny!
    One time a friend dropped by with a friend of hers that I had never met. My friend was showing her around while I was making coffee.
    When we sat down the friend of my friend said "you have so many wonderful memories and collectables. It must take you forever to dust."
    I couldn't resist saying, " what dusting? I am also a dust collector!" We all had a good laugh!

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    1. What dusting? I like that...sounds familiar.

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  5. Over the years I've seen so many of your walls that I think it would be a bit like going into a museum, considering how much information and beauty there is to ponder. :-)

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  6. I love your history hall Anni! I would love to see more of it too. My favorite are your mother's treasured items. I would love to see them up close. I have so many family items, but I keep most packed away. I have six large bins, just too much to display in my little house. Thanks so much for linking up for Throwback Thursday! :)

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  7. Gosh, this is awesome. Lifelong memories made tangible! Bud & your Mom have and had so much to be proud of.

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  8. Great to see this history of your family and loved all the sentimental memorabilia. Thanks Anni!

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  9. Thanx For Sharing Your Throw Backs - Way Cool - Have A Beautiful Weekend Ahead

    Cheers

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    1. Thanks. And Cheers right backatcha.

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  10. I enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing.

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  11. You have an amazing lot of heirlooms!!!!! And display them, wonderfully...

    🍁✨🍂✨🍎✨🍂✨🍁

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  12. I love reading things like this. I find facts about everyday people much more fun and interesting to read than the famous people. For the most part. That knot looks interesting...going to try to see if I can look it up. Also noticed the thimble before I read about it.

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    1. I agree, people like you and me are much more interesting.

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  13. What lovely memories and right with in eyesight and touch. Also smart to have them where you can quickly grab and save if needed.

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    1. I need that peace of mind to have them easily accessible

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  14. Precious memories.
    I love how they are displayed as reminders of all you and your family are.
    Thanks for letting us in to some of your history.

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  15. Anni what a wonderful walk up and down your halls to see all the Walls containing family history...ad might I add I love the color of your walls too.
    Hugs Cecilia

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  16. THose are wonderful keepsakes aand memories.

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  17. My walls here are all memory ones. The shelves and dresser tops are as well. Yes, my mother's thimble is precious too - it is way too small for me anyway. Your post is heartfelt and wonderful.

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  18. How nice to have a memory wall.
    Ken is retired from the Navy (20 Years) too and also worked for the government afterwards.

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  19. I love your memory wall! I'm glad Bud has something from his grandparents and his navy work. Our son does that knot tying and did a monkeys fist for Bob.
    That Bible from your mom is a treasure!

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    1. I watched these knots being made and will never figure it out.

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  20. Oh how wonderful! Love that you have these special treasures where you can see them often and even grab them if necessary to save them. Love that you have your mother's Bible. I also have my mother's Bible. I love to see her special little notes here and there throughout it. Thank you for sharing these treasures with us. They are each special in their own way.

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  21. I love the idea of a history wall, and also that everything is available in case you have to be evacuated. That is so smart.

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    1. Ya, I don't want them packed away, and not seen. So, grouping them like this I can grab 'em quickly!

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  22. What a cool idea. I loved this post and looking at all that wonderful memorabilia. Thanks for sharing.

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