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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Vintage Things Inspire Tara

Two of my stories are in  HerStory. One is called From You No and one is Silent Suffragette 

I can see you shaking your head..."What? She calls herself an editor? From You No? You gotta be kidding me..."

Bear with me. 

I have a Votes for Women obsession and have taken to collecting old postcards from that era. I have quite the collection and some of them have messages on them. From You No was truly inspired by both the picture on the card itself and the message penned on the back sometime in the year 1916.

My first thought upon discovering the writing on the card was, "Drat! This decreases its value!" But then I closed my eyes and imagined the woman who wrote it almost 100 years ago, I pictured the dress she would have been wearing, the message between the lines as she scribbled a note to her beau. Why would she have chosen this picture?

Perhaps she wasn't the best educated as she did sign the card From You No. But it's not like women had loads of opportunities then. Perhaps she'd had to leave school before eighth grade. Some of our grandparents had to. It's not too far-fetched.

Silent Suffragette also came from a card, a card with a much longer message. Again, I just closed my eyes and thought of the woman who had sent it. Was her life so very peachy as she made it sound? Was there a hint of stress and tiredness in her penmanship?

I imagined there was.

Not all women are in positions to be amazing trailblazers. They have family, children to protect and care for. Perhaps the woman found another way to fight her lot in life, a more quiet way. 

I'm not going to reveal anymore. Do read the stories for yourself and I welcome comments. 

On that note, have you ever touched something vintage, closed your eyes, and imagined who else had touched it? Wore it? How they'd felt? Is that smudge mark from a tear?

Tara Chevrestt is a deaf woman, former aviation mechanic, writer, and an editor. She is most passionate about planes, motorcycles, dogs, and above all, reading. That led to her love of writing. Between her writing and her editing, which allows her to be home with her little canine kids, she believes she has the greatest job in the world. She is very happily married.

Her theme is Strong is Sexy. She shares a website with her naughty pen name: http://tarachevrestt.weebly.com/index.html and they have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tara-Chevrestt-Sonia-Hightower/218383211513877.


  1. I will never look at anything old the same way. Thank you for your insight, Tara. Loved your stories. :)

  2. This is very interesting and unique, I too love antiques, collectibles and such and wonder about the history and the lives attached to those items. Very nice, thanks for sharing:)

  3. Thank you, ladies. Always appreciate the old. You never know who touched it. ;)

  4. Hello, Tara. I appreciate that you appreciate vintage things.My house is filled with vintage, including books from the late 1800's. I often think about who might have read them over the years, why they read them, and how the book found its way to me. One of my favorites is a learning stenography book. More people should take the time to understand what it was like for the women who came before us who had far fewer rights than we do today. They were pioneers and blazed the roads we travel. They were brave. Have a great day.


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