These are two special pieces of artwork that hang in my home and have a great deal of meaning and sentimental value for me.
On the left is a watercolor by my Great Aunt Margaret, it was painted in 1908 and is now one-hundred years old. She was one of 26 great aunts and uncles I had (yes, a rather large family... can hardly count the cousins now!). And she was what was called, in her day, a spinster, working many years for the old Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad System. In her spare time, when not painting, would play the organ for live music at movie theaters in Chicago, back when movies were silent.
On the right is an unusual collection of leather postcards, all stitched together. Back in the early 1900s a gentleman near LaFargeville, NY courted my grandmother. He faithfully sent these cards to her, sometimes with a handwritten note on the front, always a note on the back. Most still have postage stamps on them, and postmark dates are legible. Grandma Myra must have been quite fond of this gent -- she saved his postcards -- even though she did not marry that gent, but instead chose my grandfather! This unusual collection is framed in an equally unsual manner: both sides of the frame are glass, with the cards compressed in between so the collection can be hung to view either side.