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Offline Bubbermiley

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Collecting culture
« on: July 09, 2021, 11:52:01 am »
Do you collect stuff?
Is that something only guys do? I guess my mom collected stupid tiny spoons from places she visited as well as salt and pepper shakers. My dad didn't collect anything, but he was consumed with his business so he barely had time to do anything else.
I started with comics and hockey cards, but regretably sold most of it all in my 20s when I had no money. Then, after I inherited lots of money, I collected old jazz LPS from the 1950s and 60s, and 78s from the 1920s and early 30s. I still have all that, but stopped buying new stuff in the 1990s. I never touch it anymore and just listen to Spotify, but I'm glad I own it. I have an Edison gramophone to play the 78s. I considered collecting gramophones for a while but I only ever bought the one.
Now I collect old newspaper comic original art. I started with Gasoline Alley, because I love the original artist Frank King's work very, very much. I look for bargains and I often pay more to frame them than I do to buy them. But most don't get framed and are just filed away, although I do like to pull them out often and look at them. The close-up details of the artwork and the notes for printing on the back, etc., are fascinating to me.
I considered buying jazz ephemera---old handbills from shows, etc.---and advertising, but I don't like the idea of potentially buying fakes. At least with original art, you know it's real. With newspaper strips, you can even compare it to the printed version to see that it's authentic.
Once I start feeling old and mortal, I might start selling it off but that is hopefully a long way off. I just fear my kids will do with it what I did with my mom's spoons.

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Offline MH

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« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2021, 01:00:38 pm »
Vinyl - anyone else ?

Offline BC_cheque

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« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2021, 03:00:19 pm »
Collecting things seems to be a dated pastime. It's now all about minimalism and small space living.  I know moms that don't even keep any of their kids' pictures, but snap photos and keep it in the cloud. 

It makes sense for the new generation I suppose.  Housing is only going to get worse.

My mom has a collection of small little statues which will meet a better fate than Bubbermiley's mom's spoons.  Personally I don't collect anything.  I try desperately to get rid of stuff though admittedly I'm not very good at it.

Offline SuperColinBlow

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« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2021, 06:13:42 pm »
Money.   ;)

I have a pretty impressive collection of banknotes and a less impressive, but well organized, collection of mostly-American coins.
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Offline Gorgeous Graham

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« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2021, 08:07:29 pm »
I used to collect things maybe up to 10 years ago.  I eventually found it to be a hollow pursuit.  Attachment to material possessions you want but don't need is, IMO, not a very healthy pursuit much of the time.  I guess it depends on how **** you take it.  It can be fun, but I found it left me empty and always wanting "the next awesome thing in my collection".

Years ago I once moved from a house, where I could store tons of things, to a small apartment that could only fit what I needed at the time.  It was amazing how much stuff I didn't need and just sat in storage.  We all certainly own a lot of junk.

I wouldn't describe myself as a minimalist, but I've definitely leaned more away from material things as i've gotten older.  I rarely buy things that aren't necessity for myself anymore.  One good side effect is that I save a lot of money, hopefully I can retire earlier too.  But I also have the type of personality that doesn't need a lot to be happy.  I get that from my parents and upbringing I guess.
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« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2021, 08:15:26 pm »
I used to collect vinyl, up until about 1985.  I still have a collection of a couple of hundred or so. 

I think I collect pulp science fiction now.

And anxieties.
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Offline MH

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« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2021, 08:04:48 am »
Oh yeah? What records do you have?

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« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2021, 09:42:11 am »
Oh yeah? What records do you have?

Sixties and seventies rock, mainly.  Then blues and classical. 

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Offline MH

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« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2021, 04:45:27 am »
Do you know what your most valuable record is?

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« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2021, 06:14:23 pm »
Do you know what your most valuable record is?

Not really.  I've seen Metal Machine Music listed on Ebay for $75 but that's about it.
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« Reply #10 on: July 13, 2021, 06:34:00 pm »
I own this.

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« Reply #11 on: July 13, 2021, 08:38:06 pm »
I own this.

Have you ever listened to it?

Edit>  I suppose you have.  I have, once.  Never again.  Unless I need to scare some cats or something.
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« Reply #12 on: July 14, 2021, 04:58:16 am »
I think I did 🤔