Sunday, August 21, 2016

Suitcase of Memories

Tom the backroads traveller hosts FotoTunes

August 2016 - Toronto ON

This case has been the holder of our family memorabilia since I won it in 1958. It contains photos,cards, obituaries, wedding invitations and all sorts of other special items.

My sister's gloves pinned by my mother.

A medal which was pinned in our carriage in Dublin. 

Does anyone remember melody cards? It is a birthday card which you could play on a record player.
"Melody Cards" were popular in the late 1950s. These took the form of an oversized rectangular postcard with the usual address and greeting space on one side and an illustration on the other. The illustration was overlaid with a transparent plastic material into which the grooves were embossed for the recording which was usually musical as the name implies. They typically played at 45 RPM. It was not recommended to write on them with a ball point pen, but these were not all that common at the time.

My grandmother's prayer book which she gave to my father on his wedding day.

Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper

Lying in my bed I hear the clock tick,
And think of you
Caught up in circles
Confusion is nothing new
Flashback, warm nights
Almost left behind
Suitcases of memories,
Time after
Sometimes you picture me
I'm walking too far ahead
You're calling to me, I can't hear
What you've said
Then you say, go slow
I fall behind
The second hand unwinds


  1. Jackie, what a fabulous collection of family keepsakes. Such wonderful things to go along with thus tunes. Thanks so much for linking this post and please come again.

  2. I adore this song and don't remember seeing this video with the old movie intro (although I'm sure I did, CL and I being children of MTV). Thank you for sharing your very special memories with us, my Irish grandma had some wonderful treasures in boxes we'd pull out Time After Time. This is a great meme to talk about Melody Cards too, I remember hits on the back of cereal boxes like a Bobby Sherman 45 on a box of Raisin Bran.

  3. The Mary medal particularly catches my eye.

  4. How wonderful to have these family heirlooms!


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