Below we continue our series in which we post the “stories” graciously submitted by our collecting friends during the pandemic of 2020.
My name is Laura, and I probably have come to this collectable with a rather unique perspective. In 2002, my husband and I moved our 6 children to the Williamsport area. Leaving extended family and friends behind, we uprooted and headed north for Guy to begin a new career as president of Timothy Hughes Rare & Early Newspapers
. As you can imagine, it took some time to settle a family of eight into a new life and homeschooling,
but after a bit I began to frequent
the archives to
see what all his excitement was about. Having
a natural love of history, I
was soon smitten with all I saw … amazed to
hold a paper from Ben Franklin in my hands or see a first report from a Civil War
battle. I loved hearing nightly stories of the new discoveries from that day and new searches planned for the next. What I once saw as a mere intriguing career move for Guy and an unsettling family move (to unfamiliar surroundings) for me soon became so much more! Over the years each of our children have worked at the “History’s Newsstand” and have developed a deep appreciation of history and all it’s lessons.
Jump ahead eighteen years…
All our children have now graduated high school and so my homeschool days are done. I began to look for new things to fill my time and fortunately there was an opening at Timothy Hughes Rare & Early Newspapers. Perfect timing !!!!! I have now been working here for just over a year and although my enthusiasm for the more dramatic papers has not waned, I have developed a deep appreciation for the subtle beauty many of our other papers display. This last week I prepared to ship the papers in the picture and was astonished at the attention to detail found in these covers. The charming fonts that were drawn to reflect the color and style of each image was beyond creative and hearkened back to what would seem to be a gentler time. Today at least, I truly appreciate both the lessons from history I find daily in our papers and the beauty and emotions elicited by pictures in some that say more than a thousand words. Hopefully, you too will find something lovely in each paper you own to balance the more serious lessons of history.
As additional “stories” are posted they will be available at: MY COLLECTING STORY . We did this many years ago as well – and their posts are also included.