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  •  I Got To Take Some Pics (9+ / 0-)

    long story short, my father's PhD is in Civil War military history. After his father passed away he inherited more money then he could spend in a lifetime. So he bought the house across the street from where he lives, in the house my great, grandfather built with his own two hands.

    He calls it his "office."

    In said "office" he has like 15,000 books, and more shit then any human should have. Like mannequins in Civil War grab. Floor to ceiling nothing but Civil War stuff.

    I went camping last year with an old friend. An educator that is a history buff. We stopped to use the restroom (my parents were not in town) and I showed him the place and I saw tears in his eyes.

    He was like this is the coolest thing I've ever seen.

    I don't spend much time there cause I am somewhat OCD and the sheer amount of stuff, hurts my head. My mom refuses to step into the place.

    The term horading isn't accurate, but in the ballpark.

    Good news is he has made me promoise that when he passes the stuff all goes to some school or musuem. Not a single thing can be thrown away.

    I assure you I will honor that wish!

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Sat Mar 16, 2013 at 10:48:26 PM PDT

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    •  I have about 20K books I suppose on an array of (9+ / 0-)

      topics; most have been packed up in the barn for years as I never seemed to get around to organizing them.  I have done some work on the Civil War but mostly local research and genealogical work.
      While I have an OCD sort of proclivity at the same time, I am unable to focus on any one topic but instead find myself trying to get three or four different areas perfect which can be bewildering to someone watching me.  As one friend said years ago, he was certain there had to be madness in my method.

      Good news is auction is over and I did pick up a Yakoma Sickle Sword and an Ugandan drum. (Sickle swords are among the earliest configurations for swords, most notably the Egyptians.  They have always fascinated me)  I knew the other day when I picked up more white pine that I was going to be needing more racks.  

      My daughter claims I have crossed the line between hoarding and collecting but I point out that most of my stuff is either museum retired pieces or are museum quality pieces.  (She also did not complain when I picked her up some Titanic stuff such as a prayer bulletin from the memorial service in Belfast the Sunday following the sinking)

      •  We have a large library as well, and I can't (2+ / 0-)
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        adjust to the Kindle culture. Have to have books to fondle.  I collect children's book mainly, and have found some amazing bargains at thrift shops & antique malls.

        Also collect African art and primitives, tools, and vintage postcards. Postcards are my favorite--the used ones.

        About 10 years ago I bought a silver bowl with a lid. It's about 10 1/2 inches around and has decorative markings on it. The lid's top has a tiny crescent moon (Islamic symbol) on it, which I didn't even notice until a year after I bought it at an antique mall. I have no idea what it was used for, but it has a very appealing shape.

        I love to hear that other people have unusual, interesting collections!  

    •  Oh WOW!!! I would LOVE to see your Dad's (3+ / 0-)

      "office."  Actually, I'd like to bring a sleeping bag and camp in it for a week to look at all the treasures.  A few years ago we managed a trip to Virginia and were going to tour all the Civil War battlefields, but the bad weather ruined our plans.  It's still on my Bucket List.

      Would also like to play in your Lego room after the camp out in  Dad's office... :)

    •  oh, webranding, get him to help you catalog it (1+ / 0-)
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      now. Start soon. You'll need that provenance for the donation, and he'll have an excuse to work through the collection again (trust me, he'll find things to like he's forgotten were in there).

      LBJ, Lady Bird, Van Cliburn, Ike, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

      by BlackSheep1 on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 08:48:54 PM PDT

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