I found a very heavy old album in a pile of treasures at a second hand outlet where everything is brought out in huge bins and folks grab whatever they can. It turns into quite a scene and sometimes I stand back and watch the commotion. But a few months back I was able to squeeze in between two people and snagged the album, not having a clue as to what it was.
I was surprised to find that it was the remains of someone's stamp collection, obviously having been picked through over the years. But the ones that remain are beautiful. I adore the drawings on older stamps.....the details in each scene! I found this one fascinating and did some research on the internet.
The last Sunday in September (this coming Sunday) is designated as Gold Star Mothers day. It honors mothers who have lost a son or daughter in combat. It was custom for families to hang a flag in their window with a blue star for each family member in the service. The blue star would be completely covered by a gold star when a military family member died. Gold was chosen (instead of black) because it signifies honor for the fallen serviceperson.
In addition to their patriot duties and determination to promote peace and goodwill to the U.S. and all nations, the Gold Star Mothers assist veterans and their families present claims to the Veterans Administration and aid all who served. There is some interesting reading here about Mrs. Grace Darling Siebold and how the group was formed. I was fascinated by the articles I found about the Gold Star Mothers. You never know what you'll find when out thrifting!
I hope you enjoyed this and will check this link to Vintage Thingies Thursday, where you'll find lots more interesting posts about vintage items. Many thanks to the Colorado Lady for hosting this group! And please stop for a moment this coming Sunday to remember the Gold Star Mothers.