Sunday, February 05, 2012

Please Operator, Get Me No Man's Land

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I have a whole stack of Downton Abbey era sheet music. The earliest one is from the 1890's and the newest ones are from about 1919. They were owned by a woman named Gertrude who painstakingly dated them all with her black fountain pen. 

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They are popular hits - lots of love songs, some general ragtime hits about the collegiate life or afternoon excursions, and of course those awful, beautiful ones that are written during wars. 

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They were tucked away under the typewriter below my nightstand. They were just gathering dust but I'm glad I remembered I had them so I could look at them once more and try to sing their melodies. 


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When I hold things that old I always imagine what the person holding them felt. Did my friend with the fountain pen sing them in the evenings with her family or friends? Was she a farm girl? I think so because they were all purchased at a music store in Kewaunee, WI, which was the same tiny farming town my Grandpa grew up in.


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 Did she have someone to sing a duet with on the love songs or was he away fighting a war? I'll never know.

Many things come to me with a story - when I am given something the person giving it to me will know that I hold the story in my heart and the object in my house so many things have come my way. 

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But these ones,  they came quietly, handed to me because I simply love all that is old. 

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Shirt: Lands' End 
Jeans: j. crew
Socks: wigwam 

The headband is actually a necklace that my lovely in-laws gave me for Christmas. There is an artist that travels the world and collects plants and then casts them in different metals. I am very sad that I lost the business card that came with it so I can't point you to the source especially because it's my absolute favorite necklace that I own right now. If you know who I'm talking about please leave a comment or email me so I can link to him as well as convince my husband to buy me another piece or two! 

7 comments:

  1. I swear, your house is like Mary Poppins' bag, full of magic old things that are all just so perfect that keep popping out. And that headband/necklace is beautiful!

    Everything is so magical, my goodness.

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  2. that is a pretty cute head band/necklace and it's nice that you can get two uses from the one piece! you seem to have a very interesting house if you're uncovering such treasures! thanks for dropping by my blog too! xx
    chocolate-closet.blogspot.com

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  3. Loved your headband-necklace. It is beautiful!

    xx
    Andrea Desde el TrĂ³pico
    http://desdeeltropico.com

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  4. Your in-laws have great taste!

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  5. I love the headband idea!!!

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  6. you look so pretty :)

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  7. LOVE your outfit! and that necklace/headband is precious! it totally matches your hair.

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