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Monday, February 13, 2012 6:36 AM

Scrapbooks can be treasures to those who come after us. Many individuals have used and enjoyed the scrapbooks kept by Mary Lou Wittler’s mother, Martha (Utrup) Recker in the 30s and 40s. Mary Lou remembers helping her mother paste clippings in old wallpaper books. They made ideal scrapbooks.

She made these scrapbooks back in the day, when Sunday was a real day of rest; a day to read the funnies in the newspapers, take a nap or visit your relatives and friends.  The Ten Commandments instructed us to “Keep Holy the Lord’s Day,” so we did. There was no servile work to be done on Sunday. Women could cook that wonderful chicken dinner and do the dishes but not the laundry or running the sweeper. If a farmer thought he had to make hay on Sunday because it was going to rain on Monday — he had to call the parish priest and ask for permission. Most stores were closed on Sunday. There were three drugstores in Delphos; Stallkamp’s, Remlinger’s and The Pioneer. These three establishments rotated being open on Sunday so people could get the necessities in an emergency. I remember working at Stallkamp’s on Christmas because it was our turn. I made 50 cents per hour. Sunday was also a good time to go to the movies or go for a bike ride.

Mrs. Recker kept mostly weddings, anniversaries and obituaries in her scrapbooks. While pasting them in she would tell her children something about the people, the subjects of this project. Some clippings go back to 1927. She also included many “happenings” of that time. The first wedding write-up is that of Robert Fortener of Delphos and Regina Schmitt of Ottoville. Early obits are those of Mrs. Albine E. Lause (Clara) and Peter Schmitt. There’s the story of the new organ for St. John’s Catholic Church.  It had a network of 3,429 pipes and cost $8,000. This is one of the few articles which didn’t give the date.

Her second book, which was done in the 40’s included  lists of those young men, who were drafted in 1942. One clipping told of the newly-paved section of U. S. Route 30, west of Delphos to beyond the Middle Point Road. Another story read “A total of 2013 persons registered for Sugar Books Tuesday in Delphos.” Registration was being held at the Franklin School and the Lincoln School. That was the beginning of sugar rationing during World War II.

Another 1942 clipping read “Tire Rationing Starts Monday.” Allen County was allotted 362 tires and tubes for January. The county’s passenger car quota which included motorcycles and light trucks had been set at 55 tires and 46 tubes. The truck and bus tire quota was 142 and the tube quota was 119. Van Wert County quota had been set at 20 tires and 17 tubes for passenger cars and 40 tires and 33 tubes for trucks and buses. Just how the county allotment was to be distributed in the various districts was not yet known. Buyers had to obtain a certificate of purchase from the rationing committee.

Her scrapbooks are just loaded with interesting articles and many readers discovered info about their ancestors in the obits or wedding announcements.

Does this grab your interest yet?  If so let’s get started with your scrapbooks. Remember: your materials should be acid free. Sometimes the term photo safe was used. In the past, many of us made the mistake of using those easy “magnetic” photo albums, which contained a lot of acid or lining that faded the pictures or turned them yellow.

The first thing to do is sort your pictures into categories or you can go all in one chronologically. I use categories such as family, extended family, school, sports, activities, travel and vacations, nature, Christmas and Easter. I include New Years and Thanksgiving in the Christmas album. Some of my Christmas photos go back to when I was a teenager. “Santa” brought me a Kodak box camera, when I was in high school. There was no flash so pictures had to be taken outside in the sunlight. When I worked at the drugstore, I purchased a Duo-flex, which had a good flash attachment. I still have both cameras, which took 620 film. Now readers might ask “What’s film?” Digital is the way to go. The space program had a lot to do with photography. I still marvel at some of those photographs of the moon or the Earth from outer space.

Your next move is to choose your scrapbook. Many stores that sell craft supplies, also sell scrapbooks and all the “tools” to go with it. Don’t let that scare you; you don’t need everything.
Scrapbooks come in various sizes. I prefer the 12 X 12 myself, you can get more on a page. Other sizes are 8 1/2 x 11 or smaller. It’s best to choose an album that is expandable. Some are three ring binders with top loading sheet protectors. The insert pages are a good quality paper, like card stock. Other styles are post – bound or the strap style.

Some scrapbook consultants have a home business, where they have little scrapbook stores in their basements. These consultants carry all kinds of supplies and tools of the trade. They also provide their customers with helpful hints.

Some of the tools include a good sharp scissors, a small paper trimmer or cutter, adhesives such as an acid free glue stick or double sided tape, dots or tabs. These are often referred to as a tape runner or photo splits. The little paper trimmer is the best thing for cropping pictures. I suggest you practice cropping on some old unwanted or scrap photos. You can also purchase a circle cutter of templates to add variety to your pages. Make sure you get acid free pens, which come in all colors. Black is good to start with. Scrapbook consultants might suggest a corner rounder as a helpful tool. It softens the pictures.

Journaling is an essential part of scrapbooking. Remember those old family photographs without identification. Journaling will be covered in March, when we feature Martha Lucke’s scrapbook collection.


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