Thursday, February 17, 2011

New Old Things to Show... Free Photos

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. 


artistamyjo said...

What a wonderful treasure form your friend,thank you for sharing.
Hugs, Amy

Suzie said...

oh, what treasures!

Queen of Dreamsz said...

What great seems that many of us are collecting the same's fascinating to, what a long way we have come. I think I've got some old eyeglasses that belonged to my grandmother.

Have a wonderful day and drop by when you have a moment!

Stephanie ♥

Barb said...

Oh, it was wonderful discovering your recent comment on my blog, thanks much for stopping by!
Absolutely luv your new blog header! Would you share your source for the mushrooms?
Your collection of wire glasses are fantastic! I am hooked on "old" keys!!!
Take care,
Barb in 70 degree + Texzas

Tina @ TinyBear said...

Love those ols photos and the glasses are so cool too.
xo Tina

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Wonderful treasures - thanks for sharing.Have a wonderful Sunday.
XO Marie

FredaB said...

Thanks for sharing all your wonderful treasures with us. I did download some of the pics and book covers.