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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by OlRedNeckHippy, Dec 10, 2017.
Found this in the barn yesterday. It was my dad's. He died when I was 8 in 1974.
I have an ammo box that I brought back from SEA.
It contains most of the things from my childhood, teens and 20's that I managed to keep. Some Indian Head Pennies, some silver coins, an 1858 Flying Eagle Penny. Newspaper articles from Kennedy's death, my high school tassel. The Moon landing newspaper. I have a Tiki head pendant made out of plaster that was popular for surfers in the 60's. I have my initials in script I shaped out of solder wire when I was 14. I have a Yankees signed baseball from the Dodgers Yankees series in 63. It has both original and facsimile signatures, but some greats on it.
I have a silver wire chopper with sissy bars that doubled as a roach clip that was on my Mother's TV set. She bought it from a guy who came into the motorcycle shop she worked at in the 70's. She didn't know what it really was and when I told her she said take it away. I think she was suspicious how I knew.
My SEA 772 Hallmark squadron cap "If you care enough, send someone else I've already been". The real patches said "send the best" but we preferred the other saying. My military wings and medals. My jungle boots don't fit but I have them still.
Lot of odd things but I've kept them.
I had a full set of Hardy Boys novels just like the above, I guess they are still in my stepfather's house somewhere, along with a nice set of World Book encyclopedias--circa 1970 IIRC.
Let's see about things actually in my possession: my dad's watch that he was wearing just prior to his last hospital visit.
Baby pictures of my mom, along with some nice photos of her parents.
A cedar chest that belonged to mom, along with a little jewelry-box sized miniature one that came with it.
An Iver Johnson pearl-handled breakopen revolver, chambered for .32 S&W Short, that belonged to my maternal grandfather; so much slack in the cylinder that I wouldn't dare fire it even if I could find some ammo. It's in a nice shadowbox now. The date stamped on the barrel is 1890 something, no one can quite make it out. I also have a few of his hand tools which I still use.
A wooden level with brass frame, and some other miscellaneous hand tools that belonged to my paternal grandfather. Ironically, both my grandfathers were toolmakers and machinists.
The Seiko watch I received from my mother for high school graduation--it was the star of its own thread a few months ago when I was considering having it reconditioned to run; of course I chose to do so. I got the watch in the summer of 1981, and I have it on as I type this.
I also will never part with my first firearm...it's a Harrington & Richardson "Topper" single-shot .410 shotgun. My maternal grandfather got it for me when I was twelve or thirteen, and although I finally did have the barrel shortened for home/vehicle defense and easier storage, that's another item I will always keep.
I've been using the same small carabiner as a keychain since I was 15.
I still have my 1965 vibrolux reverb I got in 1970 from my dad ! My 22 rifle I got in 1968 !
I have a German prayer book printed in 1795, signed in 1798... but I've only had it a little over fifty years. Have my grandfather's tenor banjo and my other grandfather's 5x7 folding view camera. Have a little gold "baby" ring from the week I was born in 1950. Guess that's the oldest thing that's really only mine.
The thing I've had the longest is an art project from 2nd grade. The thing I have that's the oldest was made between 138 and 1560.
Since I left home early, I didn't take much with me, and nearly all of it was clothes that have worn out.
I have a number of old rasps and files that I still use, my favorite is a old 2 1/2 inch wide flat bastard rasp. Almost looks like a cricket paddle. It was my grandfather's, then my uncle's, then my dad's. I also have a couple of tools from my wife's great grandfather and grandfather. I few screw drivers and a very old compass that use to have what was left of 40 year old pencil in it. I use all of those tools.
A lot of stuff. I'm one of those people that finds it hard to let stuff go, especially if it works. I still have a lot of my dad's old tools. But since this is a guitar forum I'll post this one more time.
It's a '52 Les Paul that had been refinished and converted to a stop tail/tune-o-matic when I bought it in 1969. I replaced the P90 soap bars with humbuckers in 1971. Still wish I hadn't done that, but it's still a great player that sounds very, very good.
I have a canister of DDT in powder form that I inherited from my father. From the typeset on the outside it looks to be late 40s or early 50s. It’s still half full of DDT. The only time I remember using it was when our family cat brought fleas into her bedding and we had an infestation in the laundry room where her bed was.
My dad pumped a couple of clouds in the general area and poof, no more fleas.
I, too, have my Hardy Boy books from the late fifties/early sixties....I started reading to my grandson at around age two (19 years ago). As we progressed through my old ones, we also bought and read the new, updated versions. He and I both preferred the old ones. I also have a few books my father had as a boy....including a "Tom Swift and his Wizard Camera"...a PORTABLE motion picture camera. (gasp!) The copyright page has been lost, but an inscription on the inside cover reads "Merry Christmas 1928"....
My Grandfather "worked" for the City of Chicago. He was quite the collector of tools, hardware, etc. A couple of days ago I rehung my back door with some real steel screws from the 20's or 30's. Still have A lot of that stuff, passed down from my Dad. As an aside; Who the hell hangs a door with 3/4" brass screws into the moulding? Answer: My landlord. Have a great day everyone.
”Stuff you've had most of your life”
Debt & taxes
Nothing, and it's liberating.
I often hear people speak disparagingly of old TV shows like Andy Griffith and Leave It To Beaver, saying life was never like that and people didn't behave that way.....but YES they did. I may be a little naive, but I never heard my parents curse, we were never abused or molested, and we always felt "happy and safe" as you say, brookdalebill.
And...I don't have much use for churches or "dis-organized" religion, but I do believe in the goodness and power of God. With all due respect, your attachment to your St. Christopher medal, and your "faith" in what it represents to you, makes me think you may be a little more "religious" than you may wish to admit. May you ALL find peace and contentment in the coming new year.
Before clicking on and reading this thread, I assumed it was going to be about guitars and/or amps. Then it seemed that thread was largely about inherited stuff from parents. I wish I could say I have some of the instruments my Dad had. He played guitar and banjo. Since they were Dad's guitars, I didn't take them when I left his home. I don't know whatever happened to them. I started playing on those guitars: a Harmony H1213 and a Stella by Harmony H929. I did have his banjo for a time, but subsequently lost it in a house fire.
However, I have one guitar in my possession that I've had for a little more than half my life, if that counts. It's my Hohner G940, a Japanese vintage acoustic that I got in the spring of 1983.
11-25-2017 - My Hohner G940 - 1 by LGOberean posted Nov 25, 2017 at 11:00 AM
My Hohner G940 by LGOberean posted Mar 11, 2009 at 3:32 AM
Me 11-10-2015 by LGOberean posted Dec 17, 2016 at 6:04 PM
Off the top of my head, the thing I've owned the longest is my '66 Epiphone Riviera that I got about 1972. It was my main guitar for a long time.
I've lost everything several times over. All I have are the memories
That's a beauty! My first electric was an early 60's Casino.