One of the most treasured items of memorabilia I've got in our family's collection is a 1950s Baby Book. You know, one of those books where you record all the milestones in a baby's life: first steps, first tooth, first smile etc.
The book has the records for me and both of my sisters but what makes it so special are the illustrations. They really are charming. I've put some of them onto a video slideshow if you've time to take a look.
As well as the baby pictures there's a whole variety of nature drawings which I intend to scan when I have some time to spare.
It's strange what baby items are kept and not dumped in the bin, re-cycled or passed on to the charity shop. I've still got the old christening gown made by my great grandmother in the 1870s; a first shoe that my sister had in 1963; baby cards from the 1950s and several baby photos of ancestors, known and unknown, from the 1920s onwards.
Considering the number of times my family moved house while we were growing up and the number of times I've moved myself its a wonder there's anything left at all. Yet in addition to the above, I now find myself the custodian of an assortment of old photographs; postcards; letters; diaries; receipts; birth, marriage and death certificates; birthday cards; wedding cards; engagement cards; funeral cards; school magazines; church magazines; newspapers and newspaper cuttings; medals; coins; jewellery; samplers; a wedding dress; a decorated rolling pin; nanna's bag; a sewing box; a 1930s china tea set; glassware; two glass fronted cabinets; and a tiny silver thimble.
And every item carries its own story and memories!
I'm a former primary school head teacher now enjoying family history, e-publishing and gardening. I'm the author of "Cabbage and Semolina: Memories of a 1950s Childhood" and was delighted when the book became an Amazon 2015 bestseller in the Social History category. I'm the founder of Spurwing Ebooks which is at http://www.spurwing-ebooks.com for book details and information about new releases and special offers. Details of my books are at https://www.amazon.co.uk/C.-Murray/e/B009R7CRVC and the other books I've published are at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Michael-Murray/e/B007AQZMZK