Thursday, February 17, 2011
My wonderful friend Pam came over the other evening, with a bag full of old family items she has no use for, and knew how obsessed I am with old photos, old musty books and anything aged to that wonderful timeworn patina. Scores of photos, piles of books, an old Valentine in remarkable condition for it's age, pages from an old Godey's Lady's Book (which I will share at another post sometime soon) and more. One old speller dates back to 1848, most of the other books are anywhere from 1880 to before 1920. Photos of babies, wheelchairs, a woman out in the snow, and someone reading. One book is titled "Practical Child Training" (1917) and is full of advice on child punishment, rearing, and forced obedience. From the photos (which I will also share at a later post) , it's apparent how feared parents were from their children! And no wonder, considering the "training methods" written about in this old book! Feel free to use any of the photos....
Further, I have been on the hunt for old wire spectacles/granny glasses for a Halloween project I have going in my mind. I scored some on Ebay, with more on the way in the mail as I write this. After recieving them in the mail, I put them on briefly but got such an eerie feeling about it that I quickly took them off. Wondering what the original owner viewed through the lens perhaps a hundred or more years ago.... kind of gave me goosebumps. But nonetheless, they are fascinating things to see and hold, and hopefully they will be the finishing touch on my "witchery" Halloween assemblage.
Posted by QueenBe at 11:15 AM