Older generations fell into a habit of never throwing anything away. Especially poorer families, who did not have money to spare, who saved many items which would be recycled or repaired.
Similarly, they hung on to documents accumulated through life, to a much greater extent than modern families do.
Every aspect of daily living had its paper trail, from birth to death and every stage inbetween.
There are a number of documents that cover different aspects of life from the family invites, inclusions in trade directories, education certificates etc. etc.
As we do not possess many items in any one category and so this page contains several smaller galleries.