Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving card postmarked November 23, 1936. The stamp cost 3 cents!

Thanksgiving card postmarked November 23, 1936. The stamp cost 3 cents!

This past week found Southern Accents salvaging a late 1800’s house in Cullman County. The attic of this house was filled with fabric scraps and quilting pieces. There were boxes of books, letters, and receipts, family pictures and a few pieces of costume jewelry. Cluttered piles of knick-knacks and remnants of someone’s life lay scattered about. Sorting through the boxes and peeking at some of the cards and letters within, we began to notice a recurring theme. The theme was one of giving thanks.

 Most of the letters are dated in the 1930’s, all handwritten on small pieces of yellowing, aged paper. None of the letters are lengthy, just notes from relatives and friends, some who live out of town. Most letters start something like this, “The first thing I want to do is to thank you for the nice pictures…” or “thank you for the beautiful Christmas card…” or “thank you for the cake you sent…” There is an acknowledgement of and thank you for an act of kindness in almost every letter. The letters then go on to talk about family, hard work and hard times.

One letter postmarked December 14, 1932 from Chicago, Illinois is addressed simply to “My dear cousin.” This letter speaks of the depression, the cold, families out of work, and the awful suffering of the poor. Reading this letter quickly brought two things to mind, how incredibly blessed we are and how often we take so many things for granted and fail to utter those two simple words, “Thank You.”

During this holiday season we would like to take this opportunity to stop and say a heart felt “THANK YOU.” Thank you to family and friends throughout our wonderful community for your continued support. We would not want to live anywhere other than Cullman, Alabama. We also want to extend a huge THANK YOU to our loyal customers. We are passionate about what we do. It is through your continued support and patronage that we are allowed to continue our quest to salvage, restore, and re-purpose architectural elements of historical significance. We would also like to say thank you to our incredible, hard working, talented Southern Accents team.

To each and every one of you… we wish you a very happy and joyful holiday season!

This letter dated December 14, 1932 was sent from Chicago, Illinois to Cullman, Alabama.

This letter dated December 14, 1932 was sent from Chicago, Illinois to Cullman, Alabama.

The second page of this letter speaks of hard times and fabric bundles sent for quilts.

The second page of this letter speaks of hard times and fabric bundles sent for quilts.

 


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