Wayward Donna succeeded in completely wrecking grandpa’s Florida trailer but spared the New Hampshire Island retreat at Lake Winnipesaukee.
Lad, Marian and four children (two now teen agers) are each helping to make the world a better place in which to live.
Notes – the name “FROUGE” on the flatbed and the steam shovel our references to Lad’s work for the Frouge Construction Company as a large Machine Mechanic. The sign in the upper right states, “to Marian’s Kindergarten School”, which she’s set up in our church because the town did not provide kindergarten classes. The two children on the right, watching, are my twin brother and I. The boy on the scooter, carrying a baseball bat, is my younger brother who was an accomplished baseball player, and my little sister is riding her bike.
Dan continues to take engineering problems in his stride with time to spare to join Chiche (Paulette) in community activities, P.T.A., etc., along with caring for five active youngsters. You can see Dan has sights set on new subdivision expected in May.
Notes: Dan is shown using the equipment he regularly uses as a surveyor, his wife is bringing him a hot lunch, reference to her abilities in the kitchen, each of the streets are named after the four children they currently have and the “new subdivision” references a fifth child due the following May.
Ced and Fanny have started on a new life and business in Keene, New Hampshire. The future looks bright for little Artie and Neil and their devoted parents.
Notes: the large helicopter and the name “Sikorsky” on the right reference where Ced had been working, the two smaller helicopters are emblazoned with the names of his children and “UNITED RENT-ALL” is the name of the business he and wife Fanny have started in Keene New Hampshire.
Notes: “Scott & Williams Knitting Machines” is where Dick works in Meredith, New Hampshire, not far away from our island on Lake Winnipesaukee. Jean is pictured with their two daughters.
Notes: this picture has Biss picking Zeke up at work from the Singer Sewing Machine Company with both boys and their sister in the back seat.
Notes: Dave, Ellie and their son are standing outside the Remington-Rand Company, where Dave works and are looking at a billboard announcing the adoption of their baby daughter.
A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM SANTA CLAUS * * * * * *
To paraphrase a well-known verse;
“The world is so full of serious things
We should all now try to be happy as kings”
– – not that I believe the few remaining monarchs still enthroned these days are particularly happy, but it would seem worthwhile to forget for a moment the world tensions and crises and take time out to view our own little family circle activities in a lighter vein.
So in a spirit of good-willto all, I offer this family review believing you will discern between the lines a sincere hope – – a personal wish – – that this sacred season for you may be a truly joyous oneof peace and contentment within your own family circle. The older I get the more important such things seem to be.
I’ll finish out the week with two more unique Christmas Cards created by Grandpa.
Wow…this is awesome! Did he do the drawings as well?
Mrs. P. – The artist was a friend of Grandpa’s named Ed Cullen. Grandpa used him several times in creating his remarkable Christmas Cards.
The style of the line drawings looks so familiar. I don’t whether I’ve seen this illustrator’s work before or whether the style was popular for the time period.
Liz – Yes, you have seen his work before. The artist’s name was Ed Cullen and Grandpa used him a few times as an illustrator for his Christmas Cards.
I could swear I’d seen Cullen’s work before Grandpa’s cards. Was his work widely known, do you know? I didn’t have any luck with a Google search.
Liz – I have no idea. He was a friend of Grandpas and I think he lived in CT, but that;s about all I know of him. I’m sorry I couldn’t help.
That’s OK! (Sometimes I just get these ideas in my head.)