Sunday, March 18, 2018

A trio of pieces of family ephemera

Here's a mostly visual post for this Sunday afternoon. It's a random collection of three pieces of family ephemera that were never thrown out and ended up being handed down to me. Funny how that worked out.

Thos. Cook & Son ticket envelope illustration

This is a four-inch-wide portion of an envelope that once held a cruise ticket for my great-grandmother, Greta Miriam Chandler Adams (1894-1988).1 Thos. Cook & Son, still around today, had more than 350 world offices at that time.

On this cruise ticket, Greta is listed as "Mrs. Howard H. Adams." She was in stateroom E322 on the S.S. Queen of Bermuda.2 The ship sailed at 3 p.m. on May 16, 1955, from the Furness Terminal at West 55th Street in New York City.

War Department — Tobacco Ration Card

This belonged to my grandfather, Jack Gordon Ingham (1916-1981, I believe). It was issued in 1945 at an Army redistribution center (or station) in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Mailed thank-you card

This little envelope, just 3¾ inches wide, was mailed in 1934 to my great-grandparents, Howard and Greta. As you can see, they were living in Hammond, Indiana, at the time. The violet 3-cent NRA stamp is for Franklin Roosevelt's National Recovery Act, not the National Rifle Association. The card was sent by Charlotte H. Adams and her husband James, as thanks for a silver pitcher that was given as a gift. I'm not 100 percent sure where James and Charlotte fit into the family tree without delving into the genealogy books, but I'm guessing they were cousins.

1. I should probably give Greta (I called her Mimi as a kid) her own label, for those who want to read through all the posts in which she appears. There's going to be much so more of her down the road, as she was the traveler, diarist, buyer, and keeper of scrapbooks. Or maybe she should have her own spin-off blog!
2. The SS Queen of Bermuda had a fairly short life of service, from 1933 until 1966, when it was scrapped in Scotland. It had a capacity of 773 passengers.

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