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Aunt Mary's Toilet Paper Collection

Aunt Mary: Teacher, Traveler,  TP collector Mary Elizabeth Blood, was born February 8, 1917, in Kansas.
Although Aunt Mary worked for awhile as a schoolteacher, her first love was traveling — world traveling. She became a radio operator and worked at several airlines during her lifetime. One of the benefits she enjoyed as an airline employee was the opportunity to fly anywhere at no cost. This allowed her to travel all over the world and she did so every chance she got.

Somewhere along the way she decided to start collecting toilet paper. At first the papers were neatly labeled in her dainty handwriting, but eventually the collection was neglected, resulting in sheets that are unlabeled. Even so, I find, as she did, that the collection shows that much in the world is unique, even something as mundane as toilet paper.

When she finally retired from Braniff Airlines, she moved to Salzburg, Austria. She chose Salzburg as her retirement city because she said it was the nicest city she had ever visited. And she had been to many in her extensive travels.

Any notations on the sheets would most likely have been hers.

She died of cancer on March 18, 1994, in Seattle, Washington at the age of 77.

note: Mary is not our aunt, but the dear aunt of the contributor.


3 envelopes

Three Envelopes full

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Aunt Mary's Envelope 1 & contents

Collection envelope 1
"Aunt Mary's toilet paper collection from around the world"
from purple tp upper left corner . . .
Contents of Envelope 1 spread out
9 tp from envelope 1
9 samples - env. 1
middle left spread of env 1 tp spread
Env. 1 Middle left spread
upper right env. 1
Upper right of spread
2 English samples
England blue dot curved line pattern. Thin 2 ply
'modern' tissue type
perforated for 2 sheets 4 1/2" X 10 1/2"
London Victoria Station grey crepe 3 7/8"X10 3/4"
Peach/orange striped crepe. 3 panels
alternating cutouts for tearing. 3 7/8" X 16"
Lemon/orange sherbert striped crepe 4 3/4" X 6 1/4"
Leningrad, Russia tp
Russia Leningrad 2 sheets.
Thin semi transparent pin striped 5 1/4" X 5 3/4"

    Other items from this envelope include:
  • Venice Italy - light beige crepe 4 1/8" X 6 1/2"
  • Berne - light beige crepe 4 1/2" X 5 1/2"
  • Russia Moscow 2 pieces one marked. Thin beige plain smooth / slightly coarser on back 5 3/8" X 7 1/2"
  • Vienna - yellowish beige crepe - castellated tear 4 3/4" X 6 1/2"
  • Innsbruck Austria - yellowish beige crepe 5 7/8" X 6 1/2"
  • Romania Pale yellow beige crepe - 3 attached perforated sheets 4" X 15"
  • Zurich - 2 sheets cream beige corduroy crepe (1 marked) - castellated tears 4 5/8" X 5 1/2"
  • Germany light violet soft crepe - 2 ply - 4" X 16" Possibly the same vintage and same manufacture as the dark rose Austria piece.
  • Austria - dark rose 2 ply soft crepe - 3 perforated sheets attached 3 7/8" X 16"


Bromofoto Contents

Contents of envelope marked "Bromofoto Milano Tre Primi Premi Al Concorso Indetto dall' Ente Provinciale del Turismo . . . Cartoline Bromofoto la marc apprezzata (Three First Prizes in the competition organized by 'Provincial Tourist Board. . . Postcards Bromofoto the marc(?) appreciated) includes:

Silver Silk TP
The Crown piece (literally).
Stamped with Crown & Silver Silk
ultra thin transparent 'tracing' paper
4 3/4" X 5 3/4"
2 sheets Selfridges semi-perforated.
Smooth on front, coarse on back. 4 1/2"X12"
Chain of high end stores in the UK. (1909 to present)
2 sheets of Jeyes 2. Thin tracing paper 5 1/4"X8" (UK?)
Bromofoto partial spread
Everest, Medicated & corduroy
Bromofoto Envelope Contents
TP Spread from Bromofoto envelope
    Other items from this envelope include:
  • Unmarked Crepe 4 3/4" X 6 3/8"
  • 'Everest' 2 sheets thin tracing paper.One marked upper left. One marked lower right. 4 3/4" X 7 3/4"
  • 2 unmarked thin tracing papers 4 7/8" X 7 7/8"
  • Amsterdam - Hotel Polen Crepe 4 1/8" X 6 3/4"
  • Brussels One side shiny, one slightly rough. 4 1/2" X 6"
  • "Medicated with Izal Germicide" stamped with green ink. Logo includes cross inside diamond. Thin - semi transparent. One piece is 5 X 6 1/4, the second piece is 5" X 13" (2 pieces semi perforated still connected)
  • Unmarked beige corduroy crepe - 2 connected pieces semi perforated. 3 7/8" X 10 1/2"


The Green Blue Envelope

Nauplia, Monterrat, Barcelona, Corinth, Bundesbahn
Lace Toilet paper
Lace toilet paper - ultra fine crepe with many spaces.
Would this allow for 'airing out' on hot days?
4 1/2" X 17 1/4"
Partial spread Green Blue Env.
    Additional Contents of this envelope
  • Blue crepe 4 1/8" X 17"
  • Yellow beige crepe - 2 connected sheets - castellated tears 4 1/8" X 13 3/4"
  • Light beige crepe 4" X 14"
  • 2 sheets - 3 pinholes across at top and bottom and at either side of crease 4 1/2" X 6 1/2"
  • Pale yellow crepe 4 1/8" X 12 1/2"
  • Thin corrugated rose crepe - 3 attached sheets perforated - 4" X 16 1/4"
  • Dark lavender rose 2 ply soft crepe - 4 attached perforated sheets - 4" X 21"
  • Nauplia Greece - yellow bamboo-beige crepe - slightly scorched on one corner. - 3 attached perforated pieces - 4 1/8" X 16 1/2"
  • Monterrat Barcelona - stiff beige tissue - 4 attached perforated pieces with triangular perforations - 4 3/4" X 26"
  • Barcelona greenish tan crepe 4 1/4" X 15"
  • Barcelona - greenish/bluish grey crepe 4 1/4" X 23 1/2"
  • Corinth Greece - orange tan crepe - 3 attached perforated sheets - 4 1/2" X 14"
  • Deutsche Bundesbahn - beige crepe - 4" X 5 1/2"

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