Eddie’s political leanings started to manifest in her teenage years and she had in her Collection of Junk quite a few articles about Coolidge. She had the Spokane Daily Chronicle a full newspaper saved. It was dated August 3, 1923 with the Headline: Harding’s Death Stuns Nation.
Eddie uses the saying “I was Shiekless” in her comments in the last post about the Junior Prom. We have been pondering the meaning of this comment. I wonder if it has something to to with this man.
Eddie was very fond of Rudolf Valentino. Here is his head shot compliments of the Liberty Theatre in Spokane. He did a movie called “The Shiek.”
If you go here or view his silent movies be prepared to be SHOCKED! (Just kidding!)
He was considered quite racy back in the early 1920-1930′s. He died tragically and too soon. It would have been interesting to see if he could have made the transition from silent movies to talkies? http://www.biography.com/people/rudolph-valentino-9514591 My mother and I watched this movie on TV together years ago. She would have been 10 years old when it came out.
Eddie also loved classical music – try this link. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernestine_Schumann-Heink She kept this newspaper photo of this opera singer who apparently visited the area.
School dances can be fun and frightening especially in high school. Eddie had her dance card among her possession in her Collection of Junk. This is very interesting because someone designed the card in the form of a butterfly.
Here is the program from the backside:
Eddie did get some dances in. Do we even do this in these days, have dance cards?
The Senior class list is inside the Junior Prom program?
Here are Eddie’s comments about the dance. Just click the photo below to read it in her own words, then hit your back button to return. If you understand what she means, let me know. Apparently socializing was tough in high school even in the 1920′s.
Below you will find pictures of some of the class comments Eddie made about her Sophomore and Junior years at Cheney High School. I think I will let you explore. I warn you, you will be laughing or grimacing in memory of your high school struggles, remember this is the early 1920′s. Just click on the picture and it will get bigger, then remember to hit your back button or click the tab closed to return.
This book mark is soft and rug like but lightweight:
The pride of her Sophomore year, she got a 96 in Electricity.
Apparently Latin was not Eddie’s thing:
Eddie had a huge wooden loom her in apartment for many years. I mean huge, it was a floor model. I think it was for rugs, but I cannot remember now. Yes she was a weaver, knitter, embroidery, sewing, cooking and oh yes photographer. Here I think you see on the left of her one of her pillows. Apparently she is working on some project. This photo was taken in about 1940 but I think it tells you that her love of sewing, needlework and more followed her all her life.
In her Collection of Junk she had these designs:
Years later we find two samples of doll clothes she made for her nieces. There were a lot more in the possession of my cousin of these doll clothes:
My Aunt Eddie was truly a craftswoman and artist. All of us of an older age and female took classes in “domestic science,” or maybe you knew it as “Home Economics.” I remember my sewing class in high school and I seem to recall cooking cookies.
Definition of Domestic Science: “The study of cooking, needlework and other subjects concerned with household skills.” from the English Dictionary.
Here is a curriculum for public schools in 1920 in Domestic Science:
- Household sewing
- Preparatory lessons in Home Management and Personal Hygiene
- Practical Cookery, theoretical cookery
- Laundry work
I wish you could see these and feel them, they have survived 91+ years. I have practiced these techniques in my time as well in the 1960′s.