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What would you do with these cards of condolences?

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Tintin Quarantino

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Postby Tintin Quarantino » Mon Apr 25, 2011 12:50 pm

I got them in a lot of books and stuff at an estate auction, which means the heirs didn't want to keep them. There's a thick stack of cards and letters to the now-deceased husband in regards to the passing of his wife. They are too unbearably sad. If I'd known they were in the box I would've left them there at the house and not taken them home. Now I don't know what to do with them. They are just paper, I suppose, and could be recycled.

:?: :?: :?:
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Strict31

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Postby Strict31 » Mon Apr 25, 2011 12:54 pm

Recycle them or toss them. I would not keep them.
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CountD

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Postby CountD » Mon Apr 25, 2011 12:54 pm

pyre
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Rockman

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Postby Rockman » Mon Apr 25, 2011 12:55 pm

how old are they?
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Muppetesque

Cunning Linguist

Postby Muppetesque » Mon Apr 25, 2011 12:55 pm

Give to an artist to make some sort of piece out of them.
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Tintin Quarantino

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Postby Tintin Quarantino » Mon Apr 25, 2011 1:00 pm

nerdygirl wrote:Give to an artist to make some sort of piece out of them.


All the other notes, photos, or ephemera found in used books goes in the bathroom at the shop--but these seem too personal and full of pain to put on the walls there.

AMS wrote:how old are they?


The widower must have lived for some time afterwards, they are dated 1995.

CountD wrote:pyre
Strict31 wrote:Recycle them or toss them. I would not keep them.


Thought about both those. There are over a hundred thick heavily-inked cards, it would require a barely large burning which I'm probably not well-equipped for here. In Chicago no one would have noticed someone burning thick stacks of paper by the river, the mailman used to do it all time. Strict, that sounded almost a tad superstitious from you?
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Tintin Quarantino

Rain Partier

Postby Tintin Quarantino » Mon Apr 25, 2011 1:01 pm

I've got fourthy's address here, what if I mail them to him and let him deal with it? :)
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Tintin Quarantino

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Postby Tintin Quarantino » Mon Apr 25, 2011 1:03 pm

She drew my avatar too.
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Rockman

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Postby Rockman » Mon Apr 25, 2011 1:03 pm

you could hold on to them, one day in thirty years they might have historic value.
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Benderbrau

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Postby Benderbrau » Mon Apr 25, 2011 1:05 pm

Is it possible that the heirs didn't know they were in there? I mean, did they really think some stranger would want them? :?
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Tintin Quarantino

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Postby Tintin Quarantino » Mon Apr 25, 2011 1:08 pm

AMS wrote:you could hold on to them, one day in thirty years they might have historic value.


These were fairly notable people as far as people go. He developed missiles for Rockwell at one point.

Here is some bio from the obituary:

Served our country overseas in WWII (1942-46) and the Korean War (1951-52). Commissioned Officer, Army Signal Corps. Member of the Supers Guild of Opera Columbus, appearing in 16 operas over the past 20 years (some of them in 2 or 3 different productions); the Columbus Astronomical Society; American Atheists; Sons of the Revolution and First Families of Tennessee. Avocations: music, astronomy, and Elderhostel. Biography appears in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the Midwest.


Interestingly, there were no funeral services, presumably because the deceased was a die-hard Atheist and wouldn't have wanted them. (I gather this from Google and the books I bought there.)
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Muppetesque

Cunning Linguist

Postby Muppetesque » Mon Apr 25, 2011 1:10 pm

Victorian Squid wrote:I've got fourthy's address here, what if I mail them to him and let him deal with it? :)


I support this concept.

In fact if you really want to get his hopes up - put me down as the sender... :twisted:
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Tintin Quarantino

Rain Partier

Postby Tintin Quarantino » Mon Apr 25, 2011 1:11 pm

Benderbrau wrote:Is it possible that the heirs didn't know they were in there? I mean, did they really think some stranger would want them? :?


Would you want a stack of cards to your dead father from his old friends and family in response to learning of your mother's difficult passing from a painful illness over 15 years ago?

This isn't snarky, I'm just asking. Anyone, really.
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misac

Outhouse Editor

Postby misac » Mon Apr 25, 2011 1:12 pm

Leave them in their mailbox if you don't want to throw them out.
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Muppetesque

Cunning Linguist

Postby Muppetesque » Mon Apr 25, 2011 1:13 pm

No I wouldn't want them.

On a separate note: Is it wrong I'm really curious what will finally happen with these cards now?

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