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History Column 306 Dave Petersen Sometimes I worry a bit about my collecting when I watch that TV show about hoarders. I tend to carry home a lot of stuff that gets packed into my rooms and tubs. I could very easily I think become one of those people who throw a mattress on top of boxes of treasures rather than waste the space for a bed frame. That I'm not in that bad of shape I have to give credit to my wife although she too can be a bit of a hoarder. This weeks column has to do with the ephemera that I tend to tuck away and slip into my plastic tubs for safe keeping. I would like to be able to display more of it but I don't have enough wall space unless I were to build a room that would basically consist of a maze of hallways to provide the needed wall space. If you are not familiar with the term ephemera it's basically those paper items that were never really meant to be saved except that they do often wind up in peoples scrapbooks. Matchbook covers, receipts, tickets, postcards, pamphlets and the list goes on. If you have photographs to share with our readers please contact me at 757-3240, e-mail to davep@blackcreekpress.com, or mail in care of the Ludington Daily News, P.O. Box 340, Ludington, MI, 49431 Pic1 The Howard Holmes Company was Ludington's very own music publishing company at the turn of the 20th century. I'm still looking for details about it and the two men who were its founders. J Holmes Travis shows up in Chicago abut 1911 and he is credited with being the author of a number of tunes including the featured Merry Anne and the "Resort City Two Step" Perhaps it is a song about Ludington? Pic2 Schrinks Ice Cream down on South James street delighted children with its Eskimo pies and Husky Ice Cream bars long before the Park Dairy became the House of Flavors. When the plant closed there were bales of unused Eskimo pie boxes and boxes full of ice cream wrappers that eventually invaded the collectible market. Pic3 Matchbook covers such as this one from the Oriole Café at 119 E Ludington Ave are collectible, they don't have a great deal of monetary value but they do have a great deal of sentimental value. If you have a few years under your belt you remember when every store, bar, and business had a box of advertising matches on the counter and freely given to any customer. Pic4 I always thought this was an interesting picture of a model depicting the new Ludington marina project that was proposed in the area where the marina on Loomis street exists now. The only thing is that the project is dated for February 1940. Was this delayed because of the start of the war? Pic5 Hansen's Dairy is a business that many people still remember, I don't think I can ever forget that silver box on the back porch and the notes and envelopes we used to place in it for the milkman. Put the envelope in at night and by magic it seems fresh bottles of milk appeared for breakfast. This is a sanitary hat worn by workers at the dairy. Even paper meant to be thrown away can become great memorabilia.

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