Last week I stopped at one of my favorite junk shops up here in the mountains. It is housed in several big old barns...dimly lit with layers of dust.
Lately there has been more new merchandise than old consignment items which... ... of course is disappointing to someone like me. I poked around a bit and then decided I would look behind things and in the back of shelves to see if any older things were hidden away.
I hit the jackpot when I bent down to look under an old sideboard and saw two old plastic tubs filled with old wooden and metal stamps.
I brought them up to the counter to ask the price and after remarking that she didn't realize that there were any of "those" still left... ...the owner sold them all to me for a song.
Hundreds of metal signatures on wooden blocks!
My Dad got busy cleaning the dust and grime off of the bottom of the stamps and held a mirror in his lap so he could hold up the stamp and read the reversed name.
My sister Lynn and I recorded the names...
John P. McGuire Edward J. Kelly Kenneth L. Ensign Joseph Spraker Hazel Reiff Merritt G. Montpleisir
Richard P. Hayes Betty Brownell Harold W. Mathias Richard Pelham J. Forrest Brown
Margaret K. Kelly Alice L. Haynes Louis A. Devaney Donald E. Parry Gilbert T. Edwards
Jean Parkinson Richie C. McKee Ward S. Hinkle Rose Jane Quilesi Mrs. J. Wayluzo
Kenneth Panjaun Marjorie E. Marshall W. H. Rew Howard Putnam Eliza May Engelhardt
Melvin E. Kruger Rev. H. Bangs
...to name a few.
It was a delightful way to spend an afternoon... We had a lot of fun making up stories of who these people might have been and why they had needed a signature stamp.
We are easily entertained!
The weather has been much cooler here the last few days... ...sweaters and sweatshirts... ...great sleeping weather!
I hope you have a good night and a great day tomorrow! :)
To live content with small means.... To seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion.... To be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich.... To study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly.... To listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart.... To bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never.... In a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common.... ...........this is to be my symphony.
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