Aged Beauty: this week's Focus on Life theme.
Much of our furniture falls into that category; 'passed-downs' from my husband's side of the family. Most have stories that go along with them. For instance, his grandfather was born in the four poster bed in our guest room. It was a rope bed with a feather mattress back then. When we inherited it, we replaced the mattress, I promise!
Then there's our Vita-Nola. Not a Victrola, but along the same lines. My husband's great uncle purchased it back around 1917. In time, the phonograph passed from her uncle, to my husband's
grandmother, Lela. Many years ago, she passed it on to us, confiding
that she learned to dance listening to records on this phonograph. She
passed away several years ago, but I can imagine her, dancing along
to the big band music.
Researching it on line, I came across this period advertisement. I love it: "mistress of every mood - a solace, and a joy". Music truly is both, and so much more.
Speaking of aged beauties, next year will be our home's 100th birthday. It's a little Craftsman's cottage and I hope to celebrate its centennial with a 1920s style garden party. Can't you just imagine our trusty Vitanola providing the music for such a bash?
So there's my story for this week. It's probably the least artistic of the photos from this series - I'm looking forward to seeing everyone else's contributions.