Weddings and flowers just naturally go together. So when, a few years ago, a bunch of discarded business diaries was found in the former Feilding home of deceased florist Pat Mason, the new owner knew he’d come across something historically important. Written by Mason herself and covering the years 1944 to 1953, the diaries contained meticulous notes about each bridal bouquet and floral accessory made up and sold, their prices, their owners, and even fabric swatches marking changing fashions in wedding styles. It was a mini-time capsule, the social story of a district, and also of Mason and her husband, James Murdoch Mason. READ MORE:Spotlight shines on Manawatū’s past during Local History WeekFlashback: Book outlines life of whaler who didn’t fit the stereotypesColin Murdoch’s pen latest item for South Canterbury Museum The notebooks were donated to the Feilding Coach House Museum’s community archive. Last Wednesday, historian and author Marilyn Wightman gave a Local History Week talk at the Palmerston North City Library about the find. She and her husband’s family background as garden nursery owners gave an extra dimension to her interest in the Mason diaries. She’s writing an article about the find for the 2020 Manawatū Journal of History…. Read full this story
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