Do you know the thrill of finding the unexpected? Ray and I travelled to Ivor this afternoon so that he could test drive a motorcycle. As we parked the car in front of the motorcycle shop, I noticed a very small yard sale in the side parking area. I walked over to browse as Ray went in the store.
There were decorative vases, books, collector’s knives, a Brownie Hawkeye camera with the flash attachment, costume jewelry…backup a minute. Did I see a Brownie Hawkeye camera? Oh yes I did! When the seller noticed me eyeballing it, he came over and made his pitch. I was drooling but I never (mostly never) keep cash on me. I listened intently and almost fell over when he said it was only two dollars! Only $2. Well I marched over to see Ray sitting on a motorcycle and asked him for a couple of bucks. He’s a nice husband and he handed over the cash.
I took the camera back to the car while I waited on Ray. I examined it very closely. It has a broken shutter button but I don’t care. I lovingly looked down into the view finder, found the gizmo to open the device to see the film compartment and set it on the dashboard so I could stare at it.
How many memories did this little camera capture? Who owned and operated it? It looks like it was in good shape so I imagine the owner loved it like I love my Canon. I became mesmerized looking at it and imagining all the people that it faced when it captured that moment in time and what they were doing.
I want to take a moment to thank the memory of my Grandma Lee for having a huge collection of photos that I loved to look at when I was a little girl until whenever it was that I stopped. I’ve always loved photos and the memories behind them.
Then we drove away from that motorcycle shop and took a few random turns down roads we have never travelled. I captured a few treasures to share with you tomorrow.