Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Reflections of the Past in Purple...

This still life picture reflects the past in a collage of some of the purple items that I have gathered over the years. The purple slab of rock was a birthday present from my brother. (He knows that purple is my favorite color!) He bought it from our Great-Uncle Gail who lives down in Ajo, AZ. Uncle Gail is known as the "Butterfly Man" in the rock world. He creates butterflies out of many different rocks, and his creations are in the Ajo Historical Society Museum up the road from the Greenway Mansion.
The purple butterfly pictured here is "Fourite" with brass legs. It free stands on four legs. "Plastic" purple flowers lay in a purple glass dish that once belonged to Uncle Gail's brother, Uncle Bob and his wife Aunt Alma. The two purple bottles belonged to Uncle Bob and Aunt Alma as well. The purple "hippie" shoe was carved by Uncle Gail's older brother, Walter, who is my maternal grandfather. He carved the shoe out of pine, when I was in the 4th grade in nineteen sixty something! Then my mother dyed the shoe in purple food coloring and I glued it to a slab of moss agate that I bought in my Uncle Gail's rock shop! My grandfather carved the high heeled shoe in 1971. The last item is a "Lucky Locket Kiddle" made in Hong Kong by Mattel in 1966. The patent was still pending! The one pictured here is one that I found about 10 years ago in an antique store in Cheyenne, WY. The original one that my mother bought me is glued to a cigar box (that was painted lavendar) and sprinkled with glitter. I would love to find one with the little doll that was inside! I think that the one I got when I was little had lavendar or purple hair...not sure though! I still have the box.


Janey Loree said...

I following is an excerpt from an email from my second cousin, Darla.

Hi Janey,
. . anyway I really think it is neat what you are putting on your website about the family and stuff. You are doing good. I think family stuff is special like Uncle Gail's jewelry and butterflies. And Great Grandpas' carvings. I miss having Great Grandpa around sometimes. But the memories that I have of him are good ones.

Janey Loree said...

I miss Grandpa Richardson too! He was a special Grandpa. He made everyone of his children, grand children, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchilren feel like they were his favorite!

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