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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Old Cameras, An Army Jacket, and a family history

My grandpa was in the Coast Guard.
I've always known that, but I've never heard him talk about it much...
Until now.

During this trip to Oregon, I've heard more stories about my Grams and Gramps then all of the years I've been alive. It's been so fun to hear about how they were when they were young, how they met, and life back then. I have always been fascinated by the time period they lived through, and I have LOVED hearing about it first hand.

Yesterday just topped it all off with a trip to the Antique Show. It was so much fun walking around with my mom and my Grams, looking at all of the things that people used to use years and years ago... and finding treasures of my own.

Here are a few of the great things I found.

I collect old cameras... of all kinds. They don't have to be "vintage"... just old. Which is a little funny because some of the cameras I picked up yesterday were cameras my mom had when she was a kid. She couldn't quite wrap her brain around the fact that they could be "0ld".


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I also found this really cool old camera box that I intend to use in my office. You know, to hold stuff.

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And this super cool photography book from the 40's... AND this super cool, super old book of poetry (from 1818... it's mentioned in my favorite movie/book "The Notebook").

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I also found this Army Jacket. I decided it would be cool to have an old Army jacket to wear... since Javi is in the Army... but all of them were so big. Because, you know, soldiers have a tendency to be a little larger than 5'2" 125lbs. And THEN... I found a real treasure. It's a women's jacket from the Army back before Vietnam. The guy said it would have been a nurse, because women back then weren't really anything else if they were in the Army.

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I saw more pocket watches out there than I've ever seen before. I am oddly drawn to pocket watches. I have one at home that is beautiful and works wonderfully (thanks to vacation with Grams last year) but yesterday I got this broken face, and this other broken pocket watch. I'm sure there is a use for them.

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I don't know what this necklace is from, but I love it. And I love it even more because it was only $2!

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These stamps are going to be used in my upcoming photoshoot that I am so excited about. Jordana Hazel of Hazelnut Photography is going to be shooting, and Carter and Cook Event Co is doing an AMAZING job styling it! I can't wait to see how it comes out!

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This compact? Gorgeous!

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The night before we went to the antique show, my Grams was showing me an old ID bracelet that my Gramps had when he was in the service. It was so cool because you could open it up and put photos inside. I was SO EXCITED when I found one for myself!

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I love that I was able to get a little piece of history. Each time I bought something, I thought about the people that had used it at one point in time... imagined who they were and what they did with it.

As I looked at all the old pictures throughout the show, I was reminded of what a gift I have been given in getting to record moments in time... moments that will one day be someone's history.

My Gramps in his Coast Guard uniform.

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2 comments:

The Storfers said...

Ok I feel like next time you're here I want to go to this antique show! Where on earth is this at!? I know you go everytime you're up here...and you always find the coolest stuff!!

Ashley Symens said...

Diandra, that is definetly a nurse's jacket cause the patch is a medical hospital patch!