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Old 11-15-2009, 05:43 PM   #1
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What to do with older rally memorabilia?

My parents were 'streamers from 1982 - 1999, Michigan unit. My mom just gave me her old rally badges and international pins. She has them on blue ribbon that she hung in their AS when they had it. I would like to display them somehow in our AS (when we get it to that point), but I think the ribbons would take up too much room - since we'll be adding our own someday! Any ideas?

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Old 11-15-2009, 05:52 PM   #2
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We've just started the rally circuit. Tami's idea is to make a shadow box type top for a table I custom made for our AS MH. All of our ribbons & 1 metal plaque from the 1st rally will be going in there.

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Old 11-16-2009, 05:43 PM   #3
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Thanks for the idea! I was thinking along the lines of a shadow box, but I have a LOT of rally badges (it'd be a BIG box). I might just display the pins, and keep the badges in an album. Any other ideas?
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Old 11-16-2009, 07:28 PM   #4
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I have actually purchased rally pins from e-bay, this adds to my memorabilia collection.
I own some going back to 1985. The pins are neat. They are stored in a box with my collection.
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I Like the Shadowbox Idea...

and you may need more than one. Maybe break it up in five-year periods. Or leave some room so it can be rearranged if needed as you add more or change it over time.

My mother and father wrote a letter to home every day they were on the road when they attended the International (nearly every year from 1975 - 1995). The writings/musings start the day they leave on the local caravan (about 2 weeks before Int'l) and continue for the ten days or so of the Int'l then continue for several weeks as they wind their way back home. There is some very interesting reading in there.

Somehow I need to find a way to publish the letters. However, typesetting (or electronically typesetting) the letters does not capture the essence of dad's writing style. He banged out up to six carbon copies every day on an electric typewriter then sent the original home and mailed the copies to friends.

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Old 11-16-2009, 07:54 PM   #6
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Somehow I need to find a way to publish the letters. However, typesetting (or electronically typesetting) the letters does not capture the essence of dad's writing style. He banged out up to six carbon copies every day on an electric typewriter then sent the original home and mailed the copies to friends.
Hi Lucius,

How about scanning them and making jpg or tif files? You'd need to do each sheet separately, but you'd have as close to the original typewritten letter as possible in electronic format. I did that with some of Kay's dad's WW II notes he wrote on the back of photos he sent home. I scanned the photos to make copies of them, and also his note, which I then printed on labels to put on the back of the copies.

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Old 11-16-2009, 08:24 PM   #7
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What we did to save space was take a digital photo of each item, and load the photos into a digital picture frame. The picture changes every 20 seconds or so, and it take up much less room than a shadow box.
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I was just out to the Jackson Center and noted the displays in the customer lounge. They might be interested in putting up a shadow box or two of your stuff for all to enjoy.
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Wow how lucky are you to have such treasures. I know this sounds kind of funny but have you ever thought about contacting The Smithsonian. They have all kinds of Americana collections and it sounds like yours would be a wonderful addition. I know they keep all kinds of letters and to have every day for twenty years has to be rare. Maybe they can advise on how to publish. Good luck and enjoy.
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