I found a note inside of a box I recently purchased. Actually, I bought the box because of the note. I didn’t know all of the contents of the note, just a few sentences. Here’s what the note says…
I graduated in June 1953 from High School. I also got engaged June 30- 1953 to my high school boyfriend. As a result of newspaper article on our engagement, I received several letters of congratulations which included several “free offers”. In those days, it was a great sales promotion. Girls had “Hope Chests” which was filled with linen for the wedding. This wooden cedar chest was a free gift from Harrison Furniture store in Kirkland, N.Y.. It was to get us to the store to see their furniture line for the future. The husband to be bought a cedar chest for their fiance, but my Mom gave me hers. I still have it. My Dad bought it for her in 1034. Anyway, I’ve been carrying this little one around since 1953. I got married in 1955 and lived in Florida for awhile. My chest came with me. I use to use it for letters from my fiance while he was in the Navy 1951-55. Please enjoy the little cedar chest & if you need more information, please let me know.
How cool is that!? She kept letters from her husband in the little box I now have! SJDL is short for the ladies name that wrote the note. I have her full name. With a little checking on the www, I found her and her daughter. I also was able to verify that SJDL is exactly the age now that has her graduating from high school in 1953, 81 yrs. old. As she offered, I have reached out to her about “more information” but I haven’t heard back from her yet. I’ll let you know if we hook up and if there is “the rest of the story.”
Not only is this a great story, but it also provides confirmation of chronology. Of course, the box brand matches the note and the box style is Tall. I can confirm, then, that Tall boxes were first made earlier than 1953. This isn’t earth-shattering since I know they were made as far back as 1939 from other documented findings (see my post from Jan 19, 2017). Still, a pretty cool story, huh?
And the search goes on…