I'm working on a project for another person that includes a scanning task to it. On Tuesdays, I drive to another location and scan someone else's stuff as part of a larger family history project that also includes research and more.
Yesterday was scanning day.
The first items I encountered were some old publications from the 1880s. These were in amazing condition. Most were weekly newsletters designed for Sunday School or church use. In the middle of it all, I found an advertisement for young ladies' bustles:
I don't think I've even seen a bustle before. They do not look comfortable at all.
Other items scanned included several wedding and reception invitations from the 1890s. They did things differently then. These invites were simple handwritten fountain pen ink on paper. The cards and envelopes were small and white. The envelopes had names only, so they were hand delivered in town.
I also scanned more postcards from a 100+ year old personal collection. They were all arranged in a postcard album. Somebody somewhere sent this young lady postcards from all over the country. They were mostly hand-drawn scenic vistas, town courthouses or colleges. There was also one from the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis.
Though the scanning itself is monotonous, I've enjoyed stepping back in time with this collection. I've learned so much. Sometimes the best history lessons aren't in textbooks.