Friday, February 4, 2011
I love the Friday My Town Shoot Outs. Each week's themes motivate me to keep on shooting. This week is all about collections. The goal is to showcase things that we (I) collect. This really is an easy one for me because I do have a couple of collections that I am very passionate about. Oh and at the end of this post I'm going to sneak in a photo from last week's theme, the letter "F" since I missed it due to an emotional week regarding my dog. Maybe more on that later but for now life is good again.
I consider myself a letter writer. I love writing letters, sending post cards, etc.
Because I love it so much, I am also very passionate about collecting vintage post cards, old letters, diaries, photos, etc of people I've never met. It is fascinating to read about their lives and about what was going on in society at the time the letters were written. It is a much better history lesson than what's inside text book.
These are real people leaving their imprint for future generations to discover.
We get to learn about what life was really like from the individual's perspective.
Normally, I only buy vintage postcards that are already postmarked and written on, however,
if I really, really like one that hasn't been used then I will splurge but not often. I prefer the ones that have some personal history on them, the handwriting, the news, etc.
This is a teenager's diary from 1921.
I love the simplicity of her writing.
The following is one of my favorite entries in the diary. It reads:
July 15- Walked to row with Marie in P. M. and found out some interesting news. Carl has written to her. She said he wrote a real lovefied letter. The old scamp. I'm sure glad I don't think anything of him. I've learned a lesson too. Don't put any dependence in what a boy says. Gee, I'm glad I'm old and experienced so that I can advise other poor innocent girls to never love a masher. Ha Ha. He told Marie that mamma wouldn't allow me to go with the boys and he didn't see why cause I was just crazy over the boys. He said I got a letter from a boy once and mamma just reared. My but he's well posted on my affairs. Let's forget it.
Isn' that just the cutest thing you've ever read? I was always crazy for the boys too. Haha.
This is a leather photo album I bought at an antique store.
You can tell that the people in the photos are quite wealthy.
They are fascinating to me. Once I acutally tried to find records on the woman who used to own this book.
The girl who owned this photo album is pictured in the group photo on the right.
She is the third person from the left. I have studied the pictures intently imagining who these people were.
They must have been someone well known in their community.
Fascinating travel photos.
I also collect piggy banks, money jars, and alumunum banks.
The money banks pictured above have funny sayings all around the can.
I've posted about these money jars before.
I collect coins I find on the ground. I'm not embarrassed to pick up a penny. One man's trash is another man's treasure.
Every coin or dollar bill I find on the street, in the dirt, in parking lots, etc goes into this jar.
Not bad for being observant. This is money that people throw away or lose.
Every time I pick up a coin I always say out loud, "I'm a money magnet" in hopes of attracting more.
So not only do I collect found money and money banks I also collect.......
I collect and save all my fifty cent pieces.
I save and collect gold and silver dollars
That's about the end of my collection.
I used to collect hearts but I kind of got out of that.
If you'd like to see more collections please detour here
Now...... For the letter F.
I only have one photo to display and I'm sure you will like it.
Fondue, the chocolate kind.
I hope you don't have a sweet tooth.