A new Challenge starts this weekend so I'd like to thank those now who has/will participated in the Family Heirlooms Challenge. I truly have enjoyed looking at each and every one of the posts. Here's a few more from me.
This is a full view of our Parlor Organ and some sheet music to go with it. All of my grandparents saved books and I have a lot of them. Here are a couple of children books from my grandma on my dad's side. The Cosmopolitan Magazine belonged to my other grandma from my mom's side - dated 1907. The purse belonged to my other grandma. This armoire was given to use from a friend in exchange for some vehicle repair that my husband did for her. We call it a "coffin" because that's what it looks like to us :). We use it to store some of my antique dishes, etc. in.
I've enjoyed it. Thanks for looking.
Bi-Weekly Challenge: Heirlooms
A couple more of our heirlooms. The tape measure is from my dad from long ago.
These three items are pewter the one on the left from a very dear friend "Grandma Gerry"; the one on the right was my wife's grandmother. I married the cutie on the right in the picture :)
I would appreciate a critique of these two. I like the backdrop on the first (kraft paper) but the arrangement of the second.
Thanks for looking.
Unusual family heirloom
not all family heirlooms are "old". they are all passed down from generation to generation and so is this in our family. this heirloom, while technically old, renews itself every year for all our family to enjoy.
this is a non-hybrid porter tomato that my uncle called tomato weed.
it freely self sows and comes back every year in the garden.
i always make sure to leave a few tomatoes on the vine in the fall so they can go to seed and come up again the next year.
so, far they've been in the same place in my garden for about 12 years.
they are small, but, bigger than a cherry tomato and sweet and juicy.
much better than any store bought tomato .... and, i dare say...better than even those grown from store bought seed.
Sometimes we all need a little boost .
Some of us more than others. My Pop Pop made that stool a long long long time ago when he was in school. I use it all the time because at 4'9 I can't reach everything that I need. It's kind of an "heirloom" of sorts. I love it. Whenever I see it I think of California and I miss him. He passed away when I was about 2 1/2 ish. He took one look at me and said "She's not gonna be taller than 5ft." He was a tailor and I guess he could just tell. I'm taking a Digital Photography class and we were given the assignment to take a self portrait and this is what I came up with. All natural lighting. No editing done except converting it to BW.
My Family Heirlooms
The men in my family have always been interested in guns. I have some very old ones in my possession, that have been in my family for as long as I can remember. The old Blunderbuss is made completely of brass. The old Colt, 44 cal. cap and ball, has been restored. I sent it to Colt, and had the restoration done, when it came to my house. The Colt 44, has three notches on the handle, I have no idea if the notches are legitimate, or if they were put there by another child who also played with these guns when they came to visit. I played with both of these guns, when I was a child, and some of you are aware, that was a long time ago. Another old item is the telescope. The bottom section of it is covered in leather, and there is a leather scabbard, that it was stored in. The deck of cards and the spur are probably as old as some of the more valuable items. Thanks for this challenge. It was quite enjoyable.
Before Polyester . . . . .
Not sure how long these have been in my family, but my earliest memory of them is
their use as doorstops. The one on the left opens to fill with boiling water,
and the one on the right was heated directly on the wood stove, well,
not OUR wood stove, but somebody's . . . .way back when . . . .
Not Good at stills
Well this is my first attempt at taking stills, mind you I don't have special lights or a studio to do this at. So I am sorry in advance for the amature shots!
When my grandparents passed away my grandpa wanted me to have his coin collection and this is just a small taste. And when my grandma passed away I got her jewelry. My grandpa spoiled my grandma with gold nuggets so I was intrusted with them and I feel very blessed to have their trust in such a special treasure. Enjoy!!!
Dad at 21
We have a charcoal drawing of my Dad at age 21.
It was done in 1924.
My Dad had captivating eyes which definately shows in the drawing.
A treasured family heirloom.
Bi-Weekly Challenge: Heirlooms
I didn't realize we had so many. Here are a few of the smaller ones.
Let's start with some of my Dad's things that he carried as a seaman in the Navy. When a seaman crosses the equator for the first time, after a hazing, the becomes a member of the Order of the Deep. He was the Chief at HU-1 (the first helicopter unit) at Ream Field at Imperial Beach (San Diego). My grandfather on Mom's side worked for the railroad out of Hatch, NM. I remember watching my other granddad sharpen his straight razor with a leather strap. When I was Cub Scout age my dad gave me a compass and magnifing glass that he had from his boyhood days. My mom had my baby shoes bronzed - I thought they photographed well. And a dear friend recently gave me her grandmother's old A2 Autographic.
It was fun digging out all these old things and remembering those that had them before. More to come...
Studio work and still life (?) are new to me so I would appreciate your criticisms and suggestions.