NON-FICTION, 340 words.
Copyright 2012 Ara Hagopian.
Books and magazines are unique; they have a built-in capacity to preserve flat objects. What secrets do books of age hold? What vintage letters, notes, and certificates are pressed between pages and then forgotten–only to be discovered today?
In this ongoing series of blog posts, you will see handwritten paper items no one has seen, from between fifteen and ninety-six years ago.
While the majority of paper products are designed for short-term use, paper can be surprisingly durable. If protected from moisture and the breakdown of its fibers, paper can last indefinitely.
A book holding a note is the perfect time capsule, and it’s even more charming due to the unassuming nature of the stashed piece. While typical time capsules hold Elvis Presley records, books hold notes-to-self, which is fascinating when one considers the person who penned the thoughts has long been forgotten.
Are you ready to step into an obscure moment of history? Read what I’ve surmised:
In late August of 1943, Mr. Lindell Walters of Oklahoma City walked to his mailbox on 1703 NW 18th Street, and picked up his mail. Among the items delivered to his home that day was the September issue of Hobbies Magazine, and a postcard from his friend, Jules Soule.
Lindell read Jules’s postcard and smiled at his friend’s exuberant first hours in Houston. As Lindell walked back into his home, he tucked the postcard into the magazine–and there it remained, untouched, for sixty-three years.
Fast-forward to 2006. I acquired a vintage lot of Hobbies Magazines, my favorite periodical. The monthly was published by Otto Lightner starting in the 1930’s and was edited by Pearl Ann Reeder from the ’30’s through the late ’70’s, until she died.
When I discovered the postcard inside the aforementioned September issue, I imagined the mailbox-walk scenario. Is that what actually happened? Take a look at the items below and decide for yourself! As always, comments are welcome.