2006.06.21

The oldest thing I own

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I love reading about everyone’s old things. What a great question of the day!

In my dreams, my home is full of ancient relics, a museum wonderland tour of human history. I’m an antiquarian at heart (or perhaps simply yearning to live out a childhood fantasy out of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler), but sadly, my (current) oldest possessions in reality are firmly modern — my father’s old Leica IIIf, from the mid-fifties, or ancient volumes of Gide and Omar Khayyam, picked up at secondhand shops but certainly no older than 1940.

But oh! To have an antique saltcellar, a cake of ambergris, a bottle of Pernod Fils. An astrolabe! Someday, someday…


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I love reading about everyone's old things. What a great question of the day!

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In my dreams, my home is full of ancient relics, a museum wonderland \ntour of human history. I'm an antiquarian at heart (or perhaps \nsimply yearning to live out a childhood fantasy out of From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler),\n but sadly, my (current) oldest possessions in reality are firmly modern\n -- my father's old Leica IIIf, from the mid-fifties, or ancient volumes\n of Gide and Omar Khayyam, picked up at secondhand shops but certainly \nno older than 1940.

But oh! To have an antique saltcellar, a cake of ambergris, a bottle of Pernod Fils. An astrolabe! Someday, someday...

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