Monday, February 2, 2009

Remembering The Past

It's been two and a half years now that my grandma has passed on to a better place. My heart still aches every time that I think of her. I miss her every day. I still can't talk about her without tears welling up, and that familiar feeling of a knot in my throat. My family waited a year before cleaning out the house and putting it on the housing market. It was just to painful and emotional to go through 60 years of memories the first year after her passing. But the house eventually got cleaned out. These are a few items that I came to acquire. I thought they were really cool antiques. The type writer was my grandmothers that she used when she was in business school in the late 1930's. I remember her telling me stories of her school days during the Great Depression. She was always so proud that she was a student of business. She was so proud of this old type writer and that she purchased it with the money she earned from her first job. That was a huge thing back during the depression era. Gosh, do they even make type writers anymore? During my high school and college days a type writer was all I had to use.

The adding machine was used by both my grandparents. My grandfather worked for GM most of his adult life. As with today's tough economic times with the big three car companies, my grandfather was out of work many times through his years with GM due to lay offs. My grandparents invested in several apartment buildings and rented them out for additional income to make ends meet. This was the adding machine that crunched all the numbers for them. I know the adding machine was used in the 40's and 50's. I'm so fascinated that the adding machine still has a little adding machine tape left, and I'm sure it was placed there by my sweet gramps. I have no idea the actual age of the machine. Isn't it crazy how technology has advanced in the past 70 years. It just blows my mind. If any of my fellow bloggers knows anything about antiques and could tell me something about these amazing old machines, I'd truly appreciate it.

Thanks so much for stopping by.


  1. I don't know a thing about those but it is absolutely beautiful. What a treasure.

  2. Nope, I'm not an antiquer, either. But those pictures... wow! Those are incredible. Even if they're worth a million or two, I'd keep them. That sort of cool nostalgia is precious. (sort of like that cutie in the pink next to this comment box!)

  3. Wow..those are really something..I don't know a thing about them however....

    I am sorry to hear the hurt you still feel at your grandmothers passing....but, it is such a testament to how truly wonderful she must have been..


  4. Wow! how amazing..very can't find them no more..those are lifetime treasure...great to keep and you can them as a centerpiece..:)

    BTW, thanks for the comment..great to be here!

  5. I know nothing about them, but what treasured items to have.

    I also miss my Memaw. I have several of her things, but unfortunately I was not with it enough to help go through her clothes. It's been almost 3 years and I so wish I had one of her cardigans. It makes me want to cry just thinking about it. Who would have thought what I needed was a cardigan?

  6. Dang! Your totally lucky to have such great memorabilia or antiques from the past. Your kid will look at those when older and be able to really say OMG!!! They used to type on those???? Way cool.

  7. My dad had a typewriter just like that too. I always liked typing on the IBM selectric ones because I loved the sound. If I typed fast, it sounded like a machine gun.

    Interesting that you waited a year before going through the house to clean it out. I started right away when my dad died. I felt like the sooner I got it cleaned out, the sooner I could either rent it or sell it. I wasn't particularly attached to that house since it wasn't like I grew up in it.

  8. These are really nice things to have to remember your grandmother.


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