After losing Gramps this year (he was 96, we lost Grams 4 years ago at the age of 91) I've been tasked with helping to clean out their house. He was a self proclaimed pack rat, so I'll be adding more vintage/antique items in the days to come as we slowly make our way through all the boxes. My grandparents had countless ceramics molds and two kilns and they enjoyed producing their own kitschy items well into their retirements.
Gramps also worked as an engineer building roads and bridges and designed and built their home along with the one I grew up in. He was a member of the Army AirCorps during WWII where he served as an aerial photographer.
After his discharge he continued taking pictures of anything and everything and his camera collection is probably museum worthy. His obsession was so extreme that he even had his own dark room because he didn't trust anyone else to develop his pictures properly- at least until one hour photo labs became a thing. He proved just how obsessed he was with "capturing the moment" when my Grams fell and broke her hip. I was holding her hand and trying to keep her calm as they were loading her stretcher into the ambulance, when I hear my Gramps behind me, Babe, you're blocking my shot. Could you move about 3 steps over to the left?
He's probably lucky Grams was strapped down. Some of his other interests included early McIntosh computers, gardening, woodworking, rock collecting, sewing, learning about quantum physics from DVD lectures, and he was also an avid stamp collector. My Grams, on the other hand, would sit around drinking cold black coffee and smoking More cigarettes while she read the newspaper backwards and waited for one of the grandkids (and then eventually great grandkids) to come out for a visit. She LOVED Randy Travis and Charlie Sheen, but she absolutely hated Ellen.
She cooked me a spaghetti dinner one time that consisted of noodles and Hunt's Ketchup- the bottle was placed on the table in case I wanted more sauce on mine. (I didn't) She let me know that she loved me more than anyone else in the world... Until my son was born. But it was such a joy to share her with him and to share him with her that I didn't mind being runner up.
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Then I'll promptly give return feedback. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Vases". The seller is "thegrandsestateandmore" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.