Amongst the hustle and bustle of the season, stop for a moment and think about the toys you played with as a child. What did they look like? How did you play with them? Who gave them to you? What was your favorite toy? What happened to it?
Now think about your ancestors. What kinds of toys do you think your ancestors had? Do you know of any stories passed down in your family about their toys? Perhaps you have a photo or two with your ancestor holding or playing with their toys. Or maybe you're even lucky enough to own a toy your ancestor once played with.
Back from hiatus, the Shades of the Departed Magazine is more beautiful than ever. The December issue is packed with many old photos of toys and articles to get you thinking about your ancestors and their toys, including my In2Genealogy Shades column featuring "Toys, Family Stories, and Junk Piles," which, hopefully, will give you some ideas on how to use toy heirloom clues to help you learn more about your ancestors and their stories as well as give you ideas on how to talk with your living relatives about their toy stories.
And there are many, many more articles in the magazine by very talented writers. You're not going to want to miss a page! Enjoy this holiday feast for the eyes and mind for it will surely make you think of holidays past brimming with toys and family stories.
Table of Contents
On The Cover Of Shades
The Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe - Editor
Dressed To The Nines
The Well Dressed Doll - Maureen Taylor
Watch The Birdie
Toys Used As Accessories In Photographic Studios - Brett Payne
Toys, Family Stories, & Junk Piles - Caroline Pointer
The Appeal of Toys - Craig Manson
Queen Victoria’s Dolls
Wooden and Paper - fM
Dervla “Dare” Dreadful
A Dreadful Adventure - A Doll’s Story
The Healing Brush
Use Your Imagination - Janine Smith
An iAncestor Christmas
All I Want For Christmas - Denise Barrett Olson
The Toy Shop Album
Toys In Old Photos
Protecting An Antique Book - Denise Levenick
The Last Picture Show
Elijah B. Core - Children’s Portrait Specialist
Click on the image below to read. Or, if for some reason that does not work, here is the direct link: http://issuu.com/shadesofthedeparted/docs/toyspub?e=12781%2004/6067285
The next issue of Shades of the Departed will be on virtual newsstands February 2014 ~ Cops & Robbers. Look for my next In2Genealogy article which will be chock full of research resources for those researching their ancestors on both sides of the law.
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