And no, I have no idea how many blog posts I’ll eventually fill with pictures of memorable stuff from my mother’s apartment. Every time we visit, we find more and more stuff …
Even more coins
My favorite instruction from this first aid poster is #1: DON’T panic!
Catherine Deneuve sunglasses
Paper powder — my boyfriend had never seen these before, but my mother kept one in every purse … and she had a LOT of purses. Full disclosure: I have one of these in my purse, too.
Wool mittens — definitely hand-made, and possibly Latvian
Long wool gloves
Watts Dust Bug: “The Original Automatic Record Cleaner For Transcription Turntables” This is one of my favorite finds so far!
Metal tape measure. I remember this from my childhood, and I always just thought it was an ordinary tape measure. But my boyfriend says it’s unusual for it to be made of metal (and thus very heavy) and could be useful for surveyors. Okay, when he FIRST asked me if I knew what it was used for, I said, “Chucking it at someone’s head in self defense?”
“Johnnie Walker Red” toolbox. This is the toolbox I remember from my childhood.
Eskimo fan. This wouldn’t be sold nowadays, because of the risk of injury and probably because the name isn’t very PC. But “Inuit fan” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.
Had you ever heard of EUREKA MAN? No, me neither. This is one segment of a poster explaining how Eureka vacuums are the best thing ever.
Little lamp with a big bulb
This was the most exciting thing we found, or at least we thought it was. What would be wrapped up in a bag, tied up with twine, mysteriously labeled, and put into a suitcase that was stuck in the back of a closet?
Ugh!!! It was a really old lumpy pillow, filled with really old feathers!
Samsonite Silhouette ad. I will never be this stylish in my life. Maybe it’s because I don’t have that hat.
A very old metal toolbox. My boyfriend found this in a closet. My brother and I had never seen it before.
Folded scissors. I thought these were fascinating, but my boyfriend thought they were ordinary.