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Mother, daughter amazed to find newspaper clippings in neighbour's belongings


TRURO - Looking through scrapbooks of newspaper clippings brought back a lot of memories for Marilyn Hollingsworth.

The Truro woman and her daughter, Brittany, have been going through piles of scrapbooks after her neighbour's daughter left her boxes of them.

"I think people should cherish more stuff and go through their family's stuff when a family member passes away," she said from her kitchen, as Brittany flipped through numerous books.

"I had no idea my neighbour had this stuff, or why she was focusing on these years," she said.

The Hollingsworth women sat down early one morning and were amazed by what they found in the first box.

When Hollingsworth's neighbour moved to a seniors' complex, the neighbour's daughter asked if she wanted any of the items.

"The daughter gave me the stuff about a month ago, but we didn't go through it until now," she said.

She picked up a pair of brown leather baby booties and tried to find a name or date on them. No such luck.

Along with the baby booties were some bottles and old-fashioned bottle nipples from the 1950s.

There was an old map of the town, dated 1875-1975, but as you dug deeper, that's when the excitement started to build.

"There are these scrapbooks, which really got our attention," said Brittany, as she also lifted a Royal Wedding supplement from 1981, and old Mother Goose books filled with nursery rhymes.

"These are mostly from 1978. It's some old, old stuff," the younger Hollingsworth said.

Many of the clippings were from the Truro Daily News, including coverage of multiple floods - some things never change.

But there were pictures of church fires, profiles of Truro Police Service members, and even a Truro centennial photo quiz.

"This stuff is unreal," Brittany said.

For her mother, it was a picture of a young Wayne Smith, which ran in the Chronicle Herald, that she got the best flashback from.

"He pulled my first tooth out when I was in kindergarten," she said. "He was in Grade 3."

Hollingsworth said she was most surprised at the prices of groceries in the advertisements, such as the tomato soup cans for three cents each.

"I still can't believe the tomato soup prices," she said.

While the women still have a few more boxes to go through, they're hoping there's an interest to have them donated to someone or an organization, such as the Colchester Historeum.

Anyone who may be interested in the items can contact Brittany Hollingsworth at 902-305-9915.

rtetanish@trurodaily.com

Twitter: @TDNRaissa

 

The Truro woman and her daughter, Brittany, have been going through piles of scrapbooks after her neighbour's daughter left her boxes of them.

"I think people should cherish more stuff and go through their family's stuff when a family member passes away," she said from her kitchen, as Brittany flipped through numerous books.

"I had no idea my neighbour had this stuff, or why she was focusing on these years," she said.

The Hollingsworth women sat down early one morning and were amazed by what they found in the first box.

When Hollingsworth's neighbour moved to a seniors' complex, the neighbour's daughter asked if she wanted any of the items.

"The daughter gave me the stuff about a month ago, but we didn't go through it until now," she said.

She picked up a pair of brown leather baby booties and tried to find a name or date on them. No such luck.

Along with the baby booties were some bottles and old-fashioned bottle nipples from the 1950s.

There was an old map of the town, dated 1875-1975, but as you dug deeper, that's when the excitement started to build.

"There are these scrapbooks, which really got our attention," said Brittany, as she also lifted a Royal Wedding supplement from 1981, and old Mother Goose books filled with nursery rhymes.

"These are mostly from 1978. It's some old, old stuff," the younger Hollingsworth said.

Many of the clippings were from the Truro Daily News, including coverage of multiple floods - some things never change.

But there were pictures of church fires, profiles of Truro Police Service members, and even a Truro centennial photo quiz.

"This stuff is unreal," Brittany said.

For her mother, it was a picture of a young Wayne Smith, which ran in the Chronicle Herald, that she got the best flashback from.

"He pulled my first tooth out when I was in kindergarten," she said. "He was in Grade 3."

Hollingsworth said she was most surprised at the prices of groceries in the advertisements, such as the tomato soup cans for three cents each.

"I still can't believe the tomato soup prices," she said.

While the women still have a few more boxes to go through, they're hoping there's an interest to have them donated to someone or an organization, such as the Colchester Historeum.

Anyone who may be interested in the items can contact Brittany Hollingsworth at 902-305-9915.

rtetanish@trurodaily.com

Twitter: @TDNRaissa

 

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