My Grandmother And Her Sister Helen In Schenectady In 1936
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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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.
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...
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...
@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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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.
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.
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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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.
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.