My Grandmother And Her Sister Helen In Schenectady In 1936

Canada
December 27, 2017 10:22am CST
I've been looking through old photos and sharing them with my Connecticut Cousins on line, the more I find the more memories come back. I was born in Schenectady in 1945. World War II was over three days before I was born. The US and the world was taking a big breath of relief. I was the first girl in the “Standish” family. My Aunt Honie, had boys, my grandmother had boys that had boys. I was the princess in the family for a while. Eventually more girls were born but in the late 40's I was the only princess. My Aunt Honie loved buying “Made in Occupied Japan” figurines for me. Every time she visited she brought me one. She visited us often, lived not far away. The figurines were charming and I loved them. I broke most of them but my mother put away a few so when I got older I'd have some... It fascinated me as an adult and I started picking them up when I saw one. Flea markets, antique stores, yard sales and now my daughter is still adding to my collection. Every time she visits she has a few more for me. I haven't counted to see how many I have but you can see in the photo, there are a lot of them. They are Antiques now but not worth much because so many were made in "Occupied Japan" from 1945 to 1952. The print on the bottom, “Made in Occupied Japan” puts a date on them, so they are collectable I still love them... The photo is my grandmother and Aunt, and a photo of the cupboard I keep my treasures in. What do you collect...?
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@LadyDuck (171430)
• Switzerland
27 Dec
Very nice figurines. I only collect books and coins from all over the world.
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• Canada
27 Dec
I used to collect books but stopped because we moved so many times I had to give them away, never did coins but both are interesting.
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@LadyDuck (171430)
• Switzerland
27 Dec
@PainsOnSlate I started to collect coins because I always had a few leftovers when we traveled. Now all the old European coins have gained values as the European currencies do not exist anymore.
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@amadeo (70721)
• United States
27 Dec
I collect too much.Some day will post them.I have been in the past.I love the photo. the clothing there is awesome.thanks for sharing this with us.
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• Canada
27 Dec
Both was a favorite of mine but they have been gone a long time, I do enjoy the photos and the memories.
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@amadeo (70721)
• United States
27 Dec
@PainsOnSlate It ia a great photo.Keepsake
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@Ganma7 (2828)
28 Dec
@PainsOnSlate Put more on! Love old photos
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@Corbin5 (113412)
• United States
27 Dec
Those are wonderful and you have so many in your collection. That photo is lovely. Shoes. I love shoes. I have too many shoes. I have shoes I have never worn. I have a problem.
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• Canada
29 Dec
You made me laugh...thank you for that, I thought I had a lot of shoes until I realized, I tossed shoes that were not comfortable to the back of my closet,, I had dozens in my closet, and I moved them on to the charity shops, I think if I counted now I have about 5 pairs I still wear.
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@JudyEv (130710)
• Bunbury, Australia
28 Dec
Some people here laugh at Australian place names but 'Schenectady' seems quite a strange name to me. I like your collection. I have a lot of china horses but I'm now trying to get rid of some of them.
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• Canada
28 Dec
Schenectady, New York. ... The name "Schenectady" is derived from a Mohawk word skahnéhtati meaning "beyond the pines". The city was founded on the south side of the Mohawk River by Dutch colonists in the 17th century, many from the Albany area. All this info was on line, Today Schenectady is still the General Electricity Company. Thousands of jobs in the area and i think the they moved the offices to Boston.I would love to have china horses, I broke most of the ones I had as a child. Good luck getting them gone...Maybe an antique store will sell them sharing the money...
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@JudyEv (130710)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Dec
@PainsOnSlate I used to buy and sell on Ebay a bit but our postal charges now make this pretty much unviable.
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• Canada
29 Dec
@JudyEv yes postal costs in Canada are pretty bad too..
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@rebelann (42511)
• El Paso, Texas
27 Dec
That's impressive, I can't recall ever seeing any of those but I do remember the "made in Japan" logo on many items in the PX.
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• Canada
29 Dec
Made in Japan was everywhere in the late 40’s, early 50’s, now it’s a collector worth more than it was in the old days, but because there were so many, they are not worth much money now.
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@rebelann (42511)
• El Paso, Texas
29 Dec
They were replace with made in korea after the korean war ended and not long after that everything was made in taiwan @PainsOnSlate
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@Angela150 (957)
• London, England
29 Dec
I wish my cousins would share old photos. Its mainly all in one cousins attic who refuses to share old photos.
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• Canada
29 Dec
That's sad, I love sharing the history.
@Shiva49 (13825)
• Singapore
18 Jan
Interesting collection and the photo that should have brought memories flooding in. The world has moved on. I have collection of books mainly - siva
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• Canada
18 Jan
I think books are a good thing to collect too but we moved so many times when we were younger the books were the first things sold at yard sales just because they were heavy and cost a lot to move. We don't move anymore, the house we have now is the one we will live in until we can't.. My bookshelves seem to have a life of their own, they grow and grow...
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@Shiva49 (13825)
• Singapore
18 Jan
@PainsOnSlate I moved from country to country few times! I had a great collection when people moved and left their books to me and I had to leave them back because I could not carry them with me. Now I have a nice collection but my time is consumed by the computer! siva
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• Canada
19 Jan
@Shiva49 I am a huge fan of the Local Library. While I paint, I listen to books on CD that I get from the Library
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@shaggin (37317)
• United States
2 Jan
I have never been to Schenectady Ny but its only a few hours from me. My uncle lives there once. Parts of one of my favorite movies was filmed there too. I don't have many old knicknacks like that. Thats so neat the label on the bottom says made in occupied Japan instead of made in Japan.
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• Canada
2 Jan
The GE is the center of Schenectady, and the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory my dad worked at both , he was an optician and made safety glasses for the employees. By having occupied on the knickknacks they are dated, and by that worth more as antiques.
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@shaggin (37317)
• United States
2 Jan
@PainsOnSlate I will be looking at the bottom of knickknacks when I see them at yard sales from now on just out of curiosity. I would love to find an elephant one for my boyfriend.
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• Canada
3 Jan
@shaggin I hope you find one.
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@BelleStarr (39623)
• United States
5 Jan
A very nice collection, I collect English bone china egg cups, aluminum ware, mini Fenton vases, Royal Dalton limited edition figurines and Watteau by Mason dishes in mulberry.
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• Canada
5 Jan
That is very interesting I might have a egg cup for you....I used to collect dishes in different patterns but stopped that when we moved so often. But I've always kept my Occupied Japan.
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@BelleStarr (39623)
• United States
5 Jan
@PainsOnSlate One year in London I went to Harrods to the china department, they sat me at a desk and brought egg cups to me to look at, I felt very special lol and I bought several. That is so sweet of you.
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@Ganma7 (2828)
28 Dec
I love these pictures. What a beautiful collection. I enjoy the story behind it as well. I collect cookbooks. Have way to many and with all recipes online now really no reason to have them. I am just not ready to stop looking through them.
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• Canada
29 Dec
I have been giving my kids parts of my collections, I made a lot of Santa's out of driftwood, sold thousands years ago and now I am adding one in every stocking so the kids will have their own collection of mom's carving. I love cook books too but we started giving them to the kids a few years ago....(we kept our favorites)
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@Ganma7 (2828)
29 Dec
@PainsOnSlate Good for you and good ideas. I bet your Santa's are beautiful! You are very talented!
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@DianneN (82574)
• United States
28 Dec
What fabulous figurines! I'm sure they will go up in value as the years pass. I didn't realize you had family in Connecticut. Cool! I collect Waterford crystal, Murano glass, Iladro figurines, sterling silver pots, pans, tea sets, and handbags.
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• Canada
29 Dec
That is quite a list of collections, I do collect other things but I laughed when I saw handbags, I do have quite a few but I don't use them anymore unless traveling. At home I carry my cards in a tiny leather holder, it lives in my pocket..
@Juliaacv (32527)
• Canada
28 Dec
You have a lot of those figurines. I love their picture, you're very lucky to have this, its such an important piece of your history. I collect a few things, I love, love, love Royal Dalton figurines, but not the newer ones as they are no longer done in the UK, and the quality just isn't there. I have 4 from the UK, and they mean so much to me.
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• Canada
28 Dec
I have seen Dalton figurines but never bought any, They sound precious, the ones you have and I can understand that. I love my collection..
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