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Name Your Own Things – It’s Good for History

three set squares that belonged to my Randell family. From top they were owned by: Ella (Annie) Randell, Restyn Walter 'Pete' Randell, and Evelyn Phebe Randell

three set squares that belonged to my Randell family.
From top they have written on them: E.A. Randell; Restyn Walter Randell, Salem Glen, Pete [something unreadable];  and Evelyn Randell, Grade II, Gumeracha

Randell family set squares

I love the fact that each person has written their own name on theirs

DESCRIPTION: three wooden set squares. One belonged to Ella (Annie) Randell, one belonged to Restyn Walter ‘Pete’ Randell, and the third was Evelyn Phebe Randell’s when she was in Grade 2 at Gumeracha Primary School.
DATE: early 1920s
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEMS: Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT: I found these three set squares in a desk that was crammed full of family memorabilia. While I expected to find photos and letters (which there were), I never expected to find set squares!
One belonged  Evelyn Phebe Randell when she was in Grade 2 at Gumeracha Primary School, she was my grandma.The other two belong to two of her siblings Ella (Annie) Randell, and Restyn Walter ‘Pete’ Randell. Having something physical that you know your ancestor used – and wrote their own name on, is very cool!
So if I’d come across these old set squares and they weren’t named, they wouldn’t have meant anything to me, and probably at some stage would have been thrown out.
So the moral of this little post is simply to NAME your things, as someone somewhere down the line, will then be able to connect that item to you, and it’ll have more meaning.

One Response to “Name Your Own Things – It’s Good for History”

  1. Deb says:

    Yes, nice to have something personalized, like an autograph in a way.

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