Tuesday, 11 May 2010


This morning, LPC's posting on collecting Thingamabobs brought me to recflect upon my collector's-gene.

It did not take long and I figured out there are two collections in my household that can easily compete with High WASP-standards:

numero uno:
What we see here is a history of mankind that ended much to soon: the history of portable radios. If I added a third piece to this collection, would it have to be an I-pod?
The Panasonic lefthand was loved by my father's parents, it crowned the grey sofa-ensemble in my grandparents' living room (on the back of the sofas you had wooden shelves as part of the sofa). The "GLOBAL Transistor" to the right originates from my mother's parents. They all loved to go camping. And listen to the radio.

The second collection is dedicated to salt&pepper:

From left to right it starts with the ALESSI thingamabobs, I spoiled myself, late 90's, got some nice paychecks back then.

The pair in center (cones) come from my parents household. I was ment to inherite them but my mother is very attentive and she noticed the love I feel for them. So I may already enjoy them today.

The third pair, the two rabbits, have been a gift from Mr Paula's mum. Easter a few years ago. They are vintage and I have to admit I have no idea if they are typical Austrian or if this porcellain in the early 50's was a world-wide phenomenon. I art galleries you find them, accompanied by gooses, kittens and apes.

Short résume: The colour red suits collections really well!

In sense of collecting on purpose I own one "true" collection: Ritzenhoff's MILK glasses. They are collectibles, from the first season, sort of very limited pieces and I just want to get rid of them!
They are on their way out of the household. Maybe we will keep them and start washing them in the dishwasher (this as what they are not supposed to be) and after a few years we might just trash them when all the colour faded as it does on Nutella-glasses. :-)
Since we both drink milk, maybe it's just time to make some use of the collection! haha.

LPC, you lifted a tiny High WASP part today, by naming things and thingamabobs. I did not realize till today that I do like to collect, just not collectibles. Oh yes, another thing: collections are fun as long as they don't get too large.


  1. Paula, I am quite honored. Perhaps you can find someone willing to trade glass items for salt and pepper shakers.?

  2. Everything you collect has such a sculptural (dare I say "sensual," ha?) quality. Those radios...I am speechless!

  3. LPC, I am sure those glass items will get their 2nd life. They are moving closer to the cupboard, leaving the collection-status, entering daily life.

    Vix, yes, you are right - scuplptural, now I can see it, too!

  4. Hey Paula,
    My partner and I work in the resources sector, mainly iron ore.
    i did a post a long time ago

    on the mine site!
    he he!!
    Hope you had a lovely weekend :)