Anyone Still Collect Matchbooks?

Anyone still collect matchbooks? Do restaurants still have them in a large glass snifter for the taking? I know people who’ve collected colorful and interesting ones from fancy or fun establishments-but years ago.

Brides and Grooms names on matchbook covers were once a popular wedding favor.

I saw this matchbook at my son and DIL’s home, and wasn’t sure how long they’ve had it. I keep the same brand of kitchen matches in a drawer- like box.

#CreativeSprint Day 5

Day 5“What do you collect? Work with a collection of your own or borrow one.”

  

Day 5 an easy one.   

I’ve lots of rabbits. Some live at Laura’s  home now. The wooden ones with the clothes. The family. 

I missed Day 4.  Take a 5 minute walk and make something for someone else to find.  It was raining, did I think I’d melt? 

Creative Sprint

You Can Still Buy a Hanky

Last week in Von Maur Department Store in Columbus OH, I saw these handkerchiefs for sale. 

Seeing them reminded me of the little ironed squares my mother kept in a lacquered Chinese box.  

My father had larger ones, not as ornate. 

Nowadays you don’t see much handkerchief use. 

Handkerchief
 Here are the hankies for sale in 2016. 
   
 My mother’s box of handkerchiefs 

   
    
 
A handkerchief I received from a student when I taught nursery school in the late 70’s.  I framed it! 
  
Detail

  
Not sure where this came from 

My Sister’s Swedish Bride Doll- 1948

A gift to my sister Mary from some friends and neighbors in Mt Vernon, NY.

She wasn’t played with either, just like the italian doll I posted yesterday.

Her white clothing has yellowed even though she’s been wrapped up and tucked away.

I’m still amazed at how different angles and backgrounds create such a varied look.

You can write the captions.

Swedish Bride Doll

Swedish Bride doll

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Fellow Blogger’s Comment Spurs Action

It was Janet of Sustainabilitea blog, ( This,that and the other  thing/ Looking at life through writing and photography) who wrote in a comment  “these photos would make great puzzles”.

She was right.  Thanks, Janet, for the super idea.  (original post of the doll collection was just January 6th).

I went down the hill to give my friend the early birthday present and it was a cool surprise. Waiting until the actual birthday on the 29th was too long.  Barb was really thrilled with the origianl idea and I told her how a fellow blogger suggested making the photo into a puzzle.  Her husband thought the photo below would make a cool document of the idea come to fruition.

Here my friend Barb’s  husband Rich holds up the puzzle I ordered from the photo of her doll collection.

It came in a lovely tin. Ravensburger USA in New Hampshire did a super job.

How much fun it would be to photograph collections to be made into jigsaw puzzles.

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Shirley Temple Still in her Box, Toodles, a Nun Doll. a Yo-Yo Doll and Other Childhood Friends

My friend Barb collects all kinds of dolls, most from her childhood,  There’s a photo of her in one of the pics, holding her doll.  She has a glass and wooden cupboard filled with her collection.  The reflection makes it tricky to get a clean shot,  I  looked up Toodles  and she is definitely a contemporary from our childhood years in the ’50’s.  What do you collect?

Shirley Temple Doll

Toodles

dolls

yo-yo doll

Weekly Photo Challenge: Everyday Life

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Selected a dozen shots for this Weekly Photo Challenge. The photographer who created this challenge,  Jon Sanwell, suggests walking around and shooting people in a variety of settings throughout the day. One of my decisions was to mix it up, peopled and unpeopled shots but the trace of humanity in the unpeopled shots.

What I documented-

Walk the dogs, cook breakfast, make coffee, catch the school bus, sit in traffic,  run out of milk and go to the market, home repairs (thanks to Andy’s father’s screws and nails collection in her basement ceiling)feed the dog, put out the trash, buy a lottery ticket, gather with the family,dine with friends.  Everyday life can be so fine.

 

 

Bedford, PA- Home of the National Museum of the American Coverlet

Laszlo Zongor explains the system of Jacquard Loom(see below) and the punched holed cards, each card a single line of weaving.

 

 

A two hour drive from Pittsburgh.  My book club had a fun and memorable getaway weekend trip.  We stayed at the Historic Bedford Resort.

Sunday, Joan and I went to see the National Museum of the American Coverlet– housed in a beautiful Historic Common School.   A coverlet is a woven bed cover, although there were some floor coverings, too.  The coverlets display changes every four months.  We learned a lot about the history of the coverlets with our knowledgeable guide explaining the differences. The last photos are of the gift shop where you can purchase reproductions of the antique designs and fabric for quilters.

 from the National Museum of the American Coverlet

The Museum and Museum Shop are open daily, year round.
Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
Admission is $6 ($5 for age 60 and over).  Kids under 12 are free.  Group rates available.

Laszlo Zongor explains the punch cards used in the Jacquard loom.

 If you have a coverlet, you can bring it to Melinda and Laszlo Zongor and they can help date it and identify the weaving method.

The Jacquard Loom

There are looms and spinning wheels on exhibit.

What About a Billy Burger?

This sign makes me want one!                                                            (From the archives. )

Driving to Spokane airport in the early morning(July 2006) from Okanogan, WA after visiting our brother David.  This is in Wilbur, WA.    Unfortunately Billy Burgers was closed when we drove by. I stopped and took just one shot of their sign.

I know I said I’d be back to “real time” blogposts starting today but the back-to-school has taken more energy and effort than I realized.  Soon.  Have to find a rhythm and stride.  Keep or Pitch on unintentional hiatus as well, just couldn’t think about throwing anything out right now.

I read here that Billy Burgers has an extensive collection of salt and pepper shakers. Somee cool photos to shoot.  And there are several crop circles in the area!  I called Billy Burgers up on the phone just now and the phone rang a bit and I was worried they weren’t there-then a nice young man answered   so   I  can report they are definitely open for business.  Also, the lights that are out on the other poster’s photo have been replaced and are working great.  Thanks for the good information.  Here’s the address if you go.  The Urbanspoon review is all positive, too. There’s a map of all Washington State Burger Joints! WOW.

Billy Burger Drive-in

  506-647-5651            804 Se Main, Wilbur, WA 99185

Frogs

What do you collect?

People collect things. Here is a friend’s frog collection.   Friends know people collect things and help them out by bringing one to add to the collection.  I’ve talked about it before-Tim’s snowmen collection for which there is a moratorium- no more snowmen to be added!  We all know someone who collects something.

I am fascinated with how it starts.  The first one of a collection.  I got a cool handblown glass frog from Kristin and I keep him in my China closet.  He is my only frog and I like that fact.  He is unique.

You start with one of something,
Friends buy you more.
Frogs symbolize good luck
according to what I could find.
When I see a collection
I always wonder how it began.