Monday, October 26, 2009

Show and Tell

I received an email that left a lump in my throat. I have done several articles on Grace Mathewson and her collection of postcards on Shades; to her from friends and parents as they traveled the world. I'm sure you can all empathize with me; that as a researcher you find the ephemera and photographs, you trace the life stories, and you always want more. Today, I was honored to have more.

Another branch of Grace's family found the homage to her on Shades. I have received several wonderful emails from Kathie Stafford, Grace Mathewson's Granddaughter.

I asked if Kathie had a photograph she would be willing to share, wanting very much to see the woman about whom I've written. Kathie has sent photographs and information as well as inviting me to meet with her and her father, Grace's son David, to talk more about Grace. I could not be more honored. Grace's photograph is below.

I traveled to Montana last month for my son's wedding and went back to the antiques store where I had purchased those postcards hoping to find more. The postcards were gone and I was told they had been taken to an auction out of state and sold. I was heartbroken. Heartbroken for myself and now much more so for Grace's family.

There is a lesson to be learned here. When confronted by family treasure. Buy it. Please tell my husband it's my duty.

So here are the articles on Shades about Grace Mathewson. Enjoy them now that you have made a connection with her.


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