These last few days definitely sat heavily on the spectrum of emotionally weighty. It’s been six months since I’ve visited my home town, when I was there for my father’s funeral. My mother and I have always had a terse relationship and I’d lived with my dad from the age of 12 until I left for college at 18. Though I have a few siblings, none of them lived our father for very long and so a large majority of his estate and the responsibilities of organizing it have fallen to mine and my grandparents shoulders. After some convincing, they talked me into spending the second half of my Spring Break sorting through some old belongings of my fathers. And well, the things I uncovered were rather incredible.
These aren’t even all of the records that I found. Most of them are in great shapes, covers and records and I’m a quite surprised by the variety of music he apparently listened to.
Look at all that Willie Nelson!
And a bunch of some interesting old school listen and learn books with records. There were way more of these and a bunch of records that I didn’t even bother to completely sort through in simple sleeves as well as a few really interesting children’s books “Thumbelina,” “The Three Bears” and “The Wizard of Oz.”
My dad also served in the army during the early 80’s, spending the majority of his time stationed in Germany. He returned with an enormous amount of glass wear. All of them were in some way pretty unique whether size, shape, or design. The top left shot glass is measured in centiliters (2 or 4), the middle bottle is a scotch whiskey bottle that had a fitted plastic nipple for drinking, and the two shot glasses shaped like tiny mugs in the top right picture are so adorably tiny, you can’t not love them. The giant goblet on the far left of the bottom picture above isn’t from Germany I learned after some googling is from an eatery in North Dakota called the Grainery. Apparently the things a collectable worth about $15. Not Antiques Roadshow worthy but pretty neat all the same. Also check out that big green stein next to it. It’s in beautiful shape and was made in Germany. The detail on it is spectacular. I’ll have to take some better pictures of it later on.
Oh yeah, and there was an antique G.I. Joe doll. According to my grandmother, he and his brother each had one and she insisted they save all the pieces which are quite a marvelous discovery all this time after. Look at him being a teapot. Silly soldier. Also, I think it’s remarkable how well he’s able to stand without support.
There were a few other really awesome toys stashed away in boxes. The top right is an entire race track from the 60’s with the cutest cars that had changeable plastic frames to race with. The top right is a German-made Audi Quattro remote control car from, my guess at least, the 80’s. I’ve been able to find almost nothing about the toy online but I did find similar like it valued at around $200 dollars. The bottom two pictures might but the most amusing thing I found. It’s “The Princess and the Pea Test Kit,” including 6 different sized marbles to test your ladies royal linage.
And just a bunch of awesome audio equipment. A turntable, 8track player, tape recorder and the music he recorded with it. I know nothing about any of it but it’s all just, well, really awesome I guess.
There were also a few random items stashed in photo albums and shoe boxes like the bookmark, German propaganda poster, and drink snack menu from someplace called the “Disco Black-Bear” which was apparently located in Erlangen, Germany, but has since become a Japanese restaurant called Nippon.
Not sure what all of this says about my dad but I guess I’m lucky I got to dig through all of it.