Despite the mustiness of the pages I find myself eager to pore over each page and look forward to playing through each one.
Today's lot included sheet music from the first half of the last century.
Wow! I find it hard to state a particular era, especially one nearly a century ago.
As I lifted the music from the box I came across an envelope which I set aside because my hands were filled with sheet music.
I just had a feeling I wanted to look closely at its contents.
I found a book for beginning violin. I have many instruments, but I don't have a violin.
At least when (not if) I get a violin I'll have a method book to work from.
I found a commencement program from Hunter College dated 1944. I scanned it quickly to see if I recognized any names.
Finally I got to the envelope.
It was fragile.
It was OLD.
Inside I found a duet of Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite.
I put it with the other music.
There appeared to be something else in the envelope.
Ever mindful of possible spiders, I tentatively put my hand further in the envelope.
I found a smallish book-like item.
My heart leapt thinking it might be a mysterious passport from the past.
It was the book shown below.
Army Song Book.
The cover is loose, but present.
I found a couple torn out pages.
It seems I'm missing the title page for the front and a couple songs from the back of the book.
The book contains patriotic, sentimental, and church songs.
It's nearly complete and looks pretty good for being perhaps nearly 100 years old.
I find myself curious.
Who carried this particular book?
Did he like to sing?
Did this book survive a battle?
What countries was it carried to?
I'll never know, but I am thankful for this mysterious treasure from the past.
Someone else made it last this long.
Now it's my turn to continue its journey.