“The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.” Aldous Huxley
For this Daily Post photo challenge on the word OLD, I sought old treasures to share with you… We all know good things do come in old cases too; fine wine, art, collectibles. Come back later and I’ll share my story of each item featured (since updated*). We know the saying that there is many a good tune played on an old fiddle, and if we take a moment to look around us, we will find treasures, albeit old ones, that have held meaning in our lives.
The fertility dolls are collectibles in the West but symbols of abundance and fecundity in African cultures that make and treasure them. They are very popular in Ghana but you can buy them anywhere. The black and white stripped doll is unusual and that is why I treasure it… Both are old and beautifully adorned with beads and important animal symbols of abundance too. Several years ago, I had donated the black and white doll to an auction and, recently, the friend who won the bid decided to gift it back to me… She remembered how much I shared about it and wanted to surprise me in a very special way.
“Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born.” Dale E. Turner
I found that novelty Kirsch Hamilton Aurora clock on sale and I believe, like the psychedelic lava lamps of the 1960s, the colors and kaleidoscopic effect were meant to draw attention to it. If you look closely, there is a moon shape within the clock and it moves around to the minute, as the glowing hands identify what hour of the day the clock is going to show next. The colors change throughout the day and it has one of those Jetsons in Outer-space with new fangled toys feel. It’s old, it works and I like it.
“For age is opportunity no less than youth itself, though in another dress, and as the evening twilight fades away, the sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
For book lovers everywhere, nothing beats getting our hands on an old book and comparing the contents and point of view to modern sensibilities. The picture is of several old books we own. The book “Four Doll Mammas” was a gift to my kids from their paternal grandpa and it amazes me how vibrant the colors on the cover remain. It was published in 1877 and has several short stories on dolls and their owners. I’ll try and add a picture of the back which had a funny ditty on the Three Little Pigs.
“I could not, at any age, be content to take my place in a corner by the fireside and simply look on.” Eleanor Roosevelt
The old desk/alarm clock no longer works but If I remember, it was purchased in San Francisco and has two special deep holders on either side and a card/paper holder in front. What I like about it is the weight and workmanship that went into creating it. It reminds me of the enormous effort that, back in the day, went into building things by hand and making each added feature useful. To some degree, that level of craftsmanship is no longer available to us as many who learned them didn’t pass their gifts on. Plus, nowadays, the high level of consumerism we see demands instant gratification/disposability. If that is not your shtick, then you are compelled to pay exorbitant prices for essentially well crafted, luxury items. I like old things; especially when they tell a story. What do your treasures hold?
What are your memories of treasured things? Do you have any you still cherish? What are your thoughts? Do share? 🙂
Positive Motivation Tip: Treasure the old as you acquire the new… there is richness in both.
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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.