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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Vintage Thingies Thursday/1948 Graducation



It is vintage graduation time with Coloradolady. Time is fleeting by much too fast for me. This graduation was 62 years ago.






My senior class ring. I have hardly worn it so it looks like a new one.

The merchants in our little town gave each senior a little cedar chest like this. I still have mine and my husband's.


This a Lane cedar chest that my folks gave me upon graduation.





I had the leading lady part in our senior play.


I even was in the running for football queen. The winner was determined by how much money you could raise for the school. A country girl could hardly compete with the city girls. I did not win, but came in third which was not too bad under the circumstances. I was a member of the queen's court which thrilled me.

Best wishes to all the graduates whoever and wherever you are.

46 comments:

Postcardy said...

The picture on the program is very pretty. I have a few things left from high school, but nothing like yours.

Michelle said...

Thank you for sharing all of your wonderful vintage items and the memories attached to them.

P. said...

These are so nice to see today! Your Lane chest still looks new. Time sure does fly, but high school memories are always special.

Oklahoma Granny said...

I received a small cedar chest just like yours 32 years ago. My daughter received one exactly like it when she graduated 19 years ago. I wonder if senior girls are still receiving them somewhere?

Grannys Attic said...

I love that story. I still have my little Lane Cedar Chest that I got from our local furniture store for graduation too. Thanks for sharing, Vicky

FLOWERSHOPGURL said...

I love your graduation ring, wow, 62 years ago, that's amazing. Your picture is so beautiful, thank you for sharing.
Hugz,
Kim

Coloradolady said...

Well...I can tell you, our school did not give us one thing!! How neat that schools did that...never knew. You are full of surprises in this post...and for me, I love it!!! Never knew you were in a play...you sure keep secrets well...but I already knew that!! Have a great VTT!

Brambleberry Cottage said...

What a wonderful post! It must have brought back sweet memories of your past.

I have a little cedar chest like yours. I actually got mine from an antique dealer.

I'm visiting from Coloradolady. Please stop by my cottage for a visit and peek at the details for the three new linky parties I'm starting up the first week of June.

Have a terrific Memorial weekend!

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

Jeanne Selep said...

What memories you must have!

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Ann said...

LV~what wonderful memories! Thanks for sharing them with us. I love your high school picture!
Fondly,
Ann
@
The Tattered Tassel

Just Breathe said...

You are the sweetest lady. I am in awe of you doing this at 80 years old. I am visiting from Dena's blog where you gave her an award.
It is so nice to meet you. I have written a story on my little hope chest in a past post. I never had a big one. You have some wonderful treasures.

Tara Beaulieu said...

How lovely, thanks for sharing with us- your school ring is beautiful! I have mine from my senior year- isn't odd how we couldn't wait to be old enough to get the rings and how quickly after graduation they found their way into a storage box somewhere? I think it's wonderful you've saved such great memories from your teenage years. Happy VTT!

Liz said...

One of the furniture stores here in Phoenix gave the little boxes away... I think I still have mine... That was in '81. I'm pretty sure they aren't in business any more. You have a lovely collection. Sweet memories!

~Liz

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

wow! what a precious treasure for both of you! 62 years ago! thank you for sharing the story with us.. and happy VTT

Elizabeth said...

I think it wonderful you still have these items LV. Love your senior ring, and congrats on coming third!!

anna @ frosted petunias said...

What lovely keepsakes and memories you have. Such treasures I'm sure. Your photo is just lovely! Thank you for sharing and have a nice weekend LV.

Sarah said...

How neat is that! Your ring is beautiful! What a great memory...thanks for sharing it!

Sarah

Joy @ Joy Of Desserts said...

Oh, wow! I have the same little Lane chest! It was given to me for my high school graduation by our local Lane furniture store. I didn't realize this was a tradition. I got mine in the 1980s. I very glad you and the other commenters shared this info.

We are ZNE on etsy! said...

What very special memories to share! I love all the pictures, but the ring is so very adorable - why not wear it every now and then? I am sure it will invite very interesting conversations!

Pearl Maple said...

Congrats on your achievements and that chest is a darling place to hold your treasures.

Ulla said...

What special traditions you have!

Crystal said...

What a lovely post. What nice treasures to remind you of wonderful times!

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

Atlanta, Texas...You are a GRIT! I didn't realize this until today! I love this post with all your high school graduation memories. I still have all my stuff as well...what a fun idea for a graduation post. Enjoyed it very much. All this time I thought I was a Follower....am now...Sue

Queenmothermamaw said...

Hi LV, I am so glad I found your blog. What a wonderful post today and so proud to find a beautiful vintage lady, like myself, blogging and having a great time. The little hope chest is such an appropriate little graduation gift. I had a full sized one too but it was in my basement and got flooded. Thanks for stopping by. Blessings
QMM

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

LV,

I have the exact same lane cedar chests!! Both of them!! The mini one I bought at a yard sale for $1.00 and the big one is identical to my mother's which I have. It is not in the original finish as my Dad redid it in a white antiqued finish to match the bedroom set my parent's had at the time!

I have my Mom's Cedar Chest at the foot of my bed with linen stored in it!

Debbie

viridian said...

My mom has a stainless steel spoon from a flatware maker in her hometown. Nothing like this in my hometown - the big company in town made industrial electrical transformers! Love the little chest.

Charlotte said...

How ironic that I was remembering that I graduated 39 years ago tomorrow! I still have my tassel and class ring. Maybe next week I'll post mine.

AshTreeCottage said...

Thanks for sharing all of your precious memories with us. Time does go by too quickly doesn't it?

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Thank you for sharing all your memories with us. I stillhave my little chest from graduation too!
Happy VTT!
*hugs*deb

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

Such a great post! I loved seeing all your *graduation* memoriblia. Your ring is beautiful and your Lane hope chest looks like new. I have my Mom's mini-lane chest that she got for granduation and I actually was in the last class that got one, so I have mine too. My kids always called them the treasure boxes, lol.

Blessings!
Gail

ewenique said...

Oh! Miss Lv! I loved this post! I remember my Mom had one of those small cedar chests, I never thought to ask her where it came from. I too still have my Lane cedar chest and my class ring. Such great memories!

Sunny said...

I really enjoyed your post, it's wonderful that you still have so many of your graduation things.
I received a little chest like that when I graduated 45 years ago. I think I still have it packed away somewhere.
☼ Sunny

NancyC said...

What a pretty graduation ring! Nice photos!

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

This is amazing! what a fantastic share! I love it when your Vintage Thingies have a story - and this one was wonderful! Tell us more about the play, please.

Miri said...

Lovely post! Loved the picture of you in cap and gown!

CC said...

Ohhhh,what great fun to be the lead in the play, and in the Queen's court at Homecoming. You're still just as beautiful as you were then..
I love the cedar chests..how I wish I still had mine. Happy VTT..have a wonderful weekend..

Roslyn said...

What a fun journey back in time! My DH has his 50th.this year & even though I am younger than DH mine would have been last year but I doubt they had one!

Roslyn said...

PS your cedar chest is beautiful!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Loved this post. I have the same little chest...from when I graduated. I also have my hopechest and my mom's which looks a lot like yours!

Heart2Heart said...

LV,

Please stop by my blog today for another Urgent Prayer request, this time its for my family.

http://godsheart-heart2heart.blogspot.com/2010/05/urgent-prayer-needed-for-kat.html

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Sally Annie Magundy said...

Oh LV! I love this post! Thank you for sharing so many memories with us. I love the cedar chests, big and small. What a lovely gift from the town merchants. I love your graduation program. I'd never guess it's 62 years old, it looks current.
It's so much fun to read that you enjoyed acting! (I have a program or two from my dad's brother who acted a bit in school too.) How exciting to have been in the Queen's Court!

Happy VTT,
Sally

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi LV, I still have my classring also ---somewhere...

Love the little cedar boxes ---and that big chest is gorgeous. I got a sewing machine from my parents when I graduated from high school. Even with that, I did not learn to sew.... Oh WEll..

Hugs,
Betsy

Ann said...

I'm kinda late today, took Granddaughter to the Dentist... Love your High School Memories, what a fantastic condition the papers are in. You took a beautiful Senior Picture. The Lane chest is so nice. Happy VTT
Ann

JEANNE said...

Meme, this is the sweetest post. I loved seeing your Graduation Momentos. Especially your photo. Your were so pretty then and you still are. I mean it.You should wear your ring. smile.
Hugs, Jeanne

Gracie Jewellery said...

How wonderful you have all those treasures from high school. All I have is my diploma, and truthfully, I'm not too sure exactly where it. My mom has a cedar chest just like yours!(the bigger one. As always, it's been a pleasure visiting you.

ModernMom said...

Just popped oer from Just Breathe. Loved your Vintage pics! Nice to meet you!