Aug 19, 2007

Souvenir Spoons


My mother-in-law and I are two of a kind. I have saved Italian tomato cans for over 25 years. I've amassed a huge collection of over 300. Jenny has done he same thing with those little souvenir spoons you see when on vacation. She has them from all over the world. Scotland, Ireland, France, Japan and all over the United States. She has spoons from George Washington's home, Bill Clinton's inauguration and Charles and Diana's wedding. By themselves they are not so impressive but Jenny's 294 are something to behold. She has a big wooden coffee table and they are displayed in six long rows under the glass top. Jenny and I sit and admire them for hours.

11 comments:

Jacqueline Hudon said...

I know exactly what you mean. On their own, I don't really like those spoons. However, my grandmother used to have a huge collection, hundreds of them on racks hanging in her dining room and they looked pretty cool all together. Just before she passed away she broke up her collection and gave each of her granddaughters one of her racks full of spoons. It was a shame to break up the collection, one rack doesn't look so impressive, but it's a nice souvenir of my grandmother. She collected them her whole life.

Sorry about the long comment. The spoons are at my parents house until I'm permanently settled somewhere and I hadn't thought about them in a while.

Nice drawing.

Fika said...

Impressive! Wonder how often she cleans them.

Nice header Tommy :)

Tommy Kane said...

They have never been cleaned. About 4 years ago her grand daughter discovered them so Jenny hid them. She hid them so well that she couldn't find them. They finally turned up after all those years. I think this is the first time she ever displayed them. That is cool Jacqueline. Maybe you are your sisters and cousins can get them all together for a photo or something.

baggelboy said...

I had the one of the queen.

LitPark said...

Pretty spectacular drawing and story.

I like the header, too.

Tommy Kane said...

i'm a knucleheader.

Arty Velarde said...

This is a beautiful drawing and I like the story too. It gave me a nice feeling and nice "visual".

yun said...

My mom remembers almost every spoon and when she got them. it makes it really easy to get her a souvenir when we're traveling.

suzanne said...

I think us collectors are a special breed.

I get the gene straight from my parents who collect everything...buttons, thimbles, old toy cars, real cars, knives, bakelite, pyrex nesting bowls, anvels, cast iron pans, coins, books, sewing machines, blue ridge pottery, antique tractors, dust...the list goes on....

But no spoons. I wish they collected spoons like Yun's mom. This makes for a fun drawing.

brian nelson said...

Great job on all or these! I would love to see some of the Italian tomato cans! I am sure there are some amazing examples in your collection. I enjoy drawing and painting cans and products and candies etc. I would love to raid your collection for some still life materials! I hope you will share! Thanks for your comment on my blog!

Jennifer said...

The price quoted by the company is around $2,600. It needs to be totally rebuilt. Piano are made from different materials such as wood and fiber. learn piano chords beginner play piano in a flash dvd amazon Also check for the polyphony feature, which allows you to produce multiple notes at the same time.