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artifacts from past generations







Little Springtime took some embroidery with her to our family's Thanksgiving get-together, prompting my father to bring out a sampler his mother had made when she was in seventh grade, in 1920:

Here's the overall sampler:




Here's the first portion (surname blurred out)



And her examples of stitchery:








Then he showed us his father's engineering notebook, from 1914, when his father was sixteen. I was fascinated to see that mimeograph technology, which I remember being in use in my own childhood, was apparently already invented in 1914:



Here's his cross section of a slide-valve steam engine:



And last is a photo not from generations past--it's from this most recent generation of oak leaves: an oak leaf gently afloat on a rolling cobweb sea, between the inner and outer windows:



I liked it--so restful, so liminal.

PS--big thank you to everyone who's contributed suggestions in the previous entry. I'm slowly listening to everything. It's going to be an excellent playlist.


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queenoftheskies
Nov. 28th, 2015 12:48 am (UTC)
What wonderful treasures!
asakiyume
Nov. 28th, 2015 12:36 pm (UTC)
I agree! I was so happy to see them.
xjenavivex
Nov. 28th, 2015 01:20 am (UTC)
Wow Thank you. Happy Thanksgiving
asakiyume
Nov. 28th, 2015 12:36 pm (UTC)
Happy Thanksgiving--how did yours go?
xjenavivex
Nov. 28th, 2015 10:07 pm (UTC)
It was a good day. I missed it the last two years. I was so lucky to have it.
sartorias
Nov. 28th, 2015 03:03 am (UTC)
Wow, all those are totally awesome. Especially the embroidery!
asakiyume
Nov. 28th, 2015 12:37 pm (UTC)
I love the way the sampler is packaged!
sovay
Nov. 28th, 2015 07:44 am (UTC)
Here's his cross section of a slide-valve steam engine

That's really cool.

Happy post-Thanksgiving!
asakiyume
Nov. 28th, 2015 12:37 pm (UTC)
Happy post-Thanksgiving!
mnfaure
Nov. 28th, 2015 07:03 pm (UTC)
What wonderful mementos! The embroidery is a such a tactile souvenir. And I really like the "embracing the question asked or implied" from the notebook. :P
asakiyume
Nov. 29th, 2015 03:35 pm (UTC)
I liked the instruction to throw nothing but water in the sink. Some things are a perennial problem.
heliopausa
Nov. 29th, 2015 11:03 am (UTC)
I like the artefacts very much - I liked looking at the sampler, and trying to identify things - a flat seam, a French seam? and gathering, and buttonholes? :)
and the technical drawing was unexpectedly moving, the way it spoke of someone very young, learning to do things which had almost within living memory shaken (and for the better, often) whole societies. Give me a fulcrum, sort of thing. If I did not work, these worlds would perish.
asakiyume
Nov. 29th, 2015 03:36 pm (UTC)
Yes, I had an inkling of that same feeling--a sense of tribute being paid to something bigger than its mere mechanism could convey.
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