Earlier this month, we celebrated our wedding. Letters were there amongst the flowers and champagne. It was the morning after when my now husband and I opened a particularly large parcel that I was blown away.
Inside were nestled some several hundred letters from my great-grandfather Edwin Ralph Scholl. The letters span from 1944 -45 during his enlistment overseas. His son, my Uncle Ralph, had put together the collection long before Flea Market Love Letters was even a twinkle in anybodies eye, and his daughter brought them all the way to Ireland for me.
Thankfully the letters had years before been scanned and preserved digitally -- something which when word spread around our family became a hotly requested PDF!
So in time and with the blessing of my family I'd gladly share the letters as a special feature of the archive. There's a lot to process, and I have yet to read more than 1 or 2 but I am beyond grateful to have been gifted this feast of a family heirloom.
How to Preserve Vintage Letters.
Readers might know that there are some 1000-1500 letters yet photographed, transcribed, and featured in the archive. That's not to say the some 700 that have been shared across 20 "series" in 5 years are no small potatoes! But, when a family collection of this scale and volume comes into your hands it really drives home how important letter preservation is.
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