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Per Ye Olde Faithful, Wikipedia, “An antique is defined as an old collectable item.   It is desirable because of its age, beauty, rarity, condition, utility, personal emotional connection, and/or other unique features.  It is also an object that represents a previous era or time period in human society.”

Ah yes, the above could be a a perfect description of moi, except for condition and beauty.  When one is creaky and avoids mirrors, condition is debatable and beauty must be overlooked.  Certainly age and rarity fit, and utility – definitely utility.  And alas, you could say I represent a previous era in human society.

This morning I went browsing with two good friends at the local antique mall, and  photographed recognizable things from childhood.   Small towns and country roads often yield real treasures and we entered a great warehouse chock full of fabulous old stuff.  I asked the owner how a thing merits the “antique” designation these days.  And she said, “It used to be standard that an object over 100 years old  was considered antique.  But  now anything from the 1950’s on back is in the antique category.”

The 1950’s?????  Wait a minute.  At the rate I am finding familiar objects in this place, I can duplicate our entire house with exactly the same contents as it had in the 1940’s!  I knew there was a reason I avoid antique stores and mirrors!

But, why can’t I just be designated a COLLECTABLE?  The definition of a collectable is something that is less than 100 years old and is possibly an antique of the future.

AN ANTIQUE OF THE FUTURE!  That has a nice ring to it.  I feel slightly better now.

NAME THIS OBJECT

See if you can recognize any of the objects below.  I have invented a NEW game called Name this Object.  There is even a clue list to help you on your way.  And don’t come crying to me if you identify them all.

  • Tabletop Radio (With On, Off & Volume)
  • Brownie Camera
  • Manual Typewriter
  • Apple Cookie Jar
  • Coco-Cola
  • Toy Truck
  • Shirley Temple Pitcher
  • Flatiron Rest
  • Doll House
  • Singer Sewing Machine
  • Old Radio
  • Metal Saws with Wood Handles
  • Washboard

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