Author Archives: Pat Shaul

About Pat Shaul

Genealogist / Family Historian; Blog started as a record of my Grandfather's post card collection which ran for 15 months. Then, in June, 2017, I changed over to reporting and commenting on notifications from the ANCESTRY app "We're Related" I then started to provide snippets into ancestor biographies on the dates that were significant anniversaries.

Little Orange-ish Dog Napkin Ring

This quirky napkin ring always resided in my grandparents’ china cabinet — right by the Silver one (earlier post). I am not sure what material it is. It almost appears to bakelite. Some people who are well-versed in Bakelite identification … Continue reading

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Porcelain Salt Cellar – Never Knew Grandma to Use it.

This tiny salt cellar ended up in my parents’ dining room hutch. It came from my maternal grandmother. It must have been buried in her pitcher collection. As with the silver one earlier, I never experienced the use of a … Continue reading

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Mom kept this copper bear from a childhood trip to Yellowstone.

This copper bear was a special keepsake of my mother’s. She got his item on a childhood camping trip out west that included Yellowstone National Park. The bear has a very worn sticker that says Yellowstone. The bear resided in … Continue reading

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Grandma had a bit of whimsey …

This sample from Grandma’s pitcher collection has the printing: Ha! Ha! Ha! You And Me Little Brown Jug Don’t I Love Thee The bottom of the item contains the label : Royal Cauldron England Est 1774 Made In England Grandma … Continue reading

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My grandfather grew up in world my grandchildren would find foreign.

This silver napkin ring belonged to my Grandfather, Lee Norton Goodliff Weaver. How do I know? Well, besides having been told so by Grandpa Lee, I was surprised to see his name had been engraved on the ring (of course … Continue reading

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Back when magazines and newspapers were printed ….

This magazine rack belonged to my grandparents. It was always full of different periodicals that I went through during each visit. The Saturday Evening Post, Look, Life, and Hidden Pictures were among my favorites. I did not realize until I … Continue reading

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Keys to it all …

I found this keyring at my parents’ home when we were clearing it out. I sort of remember seeing it at my mother’s parents house. There are seven keys on the ring and a tag. The tag in the middle … Continue reading

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Grandma Weaver’s Plate

This plate resided in my mother’s china cabinet. Always as a display item in the dining room. First on display in the mahogany secretary, then in the dining room hutch, and finally mounted on the wall with other special plates. … Continue reading

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Salt and Pepper – times gone by.

This sterling sliver Salt Cellar (and spoon) and Pepper shaker was always in my grandparents’ china cabinet. I must admit I never noticed it or asked about its origin when there was someone who could give me the details. My … Continue reading

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Grandma Florence kept time

My maternal grandmother, Florence Marie Koontz, had this watch and I found it at my parents’ home as part of the cleaning out. The engraving is FMK and the date on the fob (right photograph) is 1905. The clip fob … Continue reading

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