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Monday, August 12, 2013

DO I HAVE A CASE.......?

Hello, all...

My good friend, JANN, just posted about stacking vintage suitcases.
She's got some cute one.....check 'em out.








...this photo is from Country Living...



I'M. IN. LUV.
17apart.com


I have only two vintage suitcases...

but, they are both DANDIES !


The bottom one is wicker and olden and I found it several years ago at GOODWILL...
"let's hear it for Goodwill !! "
I would sooo like to know the PLACES IT'S BEEN and THE PEOPLE IT'S KNOWN..
(for some reason, when i look at it, i see
INGRID BERGMAN
and HUMPHREY BOGART)

Now, that little brown, beat-up suitcase without it's strap handle belonged to
MY DADDY....
Oh, boy, it IS OLDEN.


It's so worn and beat up....scratched and gouged....
For as long as I can remember, he kept olden photos in this sweet-sized suitcase...

but when I opened it....

THIS is what I found.

Olden, yellowed newspapers, covering the assassination of President J.F. Kennedy,
in 1963.

I can't believe what good shape these papers are in.

Oh, how I remember this day...


 We were glued to the television set...

when THIS happened, I couldn't believe it.

I will NEVER, NEVER, EVER be convinced that Pres. Kennedy's murder
wasn't a very large CONSPIRACY.
Yes, sir...I'll believe it to my dying day..

Mr. Sweet, on the other hand ..........


I just sat down in the floor and cried. !!


I'm afraid I strayed from the subject in my post...

I really got emotional when I found these papers..
I had found them years ago....just forgot they were in that olden, battered suitcase.
I just put them back inside the suitcase.

*GULP....and took a deep breath.

XOXO, bj

29 comments:

Debbie said...

Well, I clicked here to read tips for planning a family vacation, and this post popped right up. I must be the very first to arrive.

I love it when people use vintage suitcases like that. It's so pretty to me.

As for the treasures? Wow. You have some wonderful artifacts!! (I'm a conspiracy theorist on that particular subject, too.)

Now to read about the family vacation tips. Here's my tip: Marry the President. Apparently, that little job gets you about a vacation a month, and you don't even have to pay for them yourself.

Ooooh. I'm bad.

A Quiet Corner said...

That was a find! I remember that day too! I have a few old trunks with goodies in them!...:)JP

Debbiedoos said...

Hi there my friend! Oh how I love thee. I really love the look. Have you seen the ones on the walls that they display? I love your header too btw, looks so cool!

nonie everythingsewing said...

What a find oh my!! I sure remember the day and almost the time the news broke in that our President had been shot.

nonie

Beverly said...

BJ, I love that you have your daddy's suitcase. And, we kept newspapers from then, too. Such a tragedy! I was in sixth grade in my Spanish class in Jacksonville, Florida.

Audrey said...

Love that old suitcase ... especially the one that was your Fathers and he saved all those papers for you. What memories. I was working in a bank in Abilene when we heard the news and everyone just became frozen in space, so unbelievable. Thanks for sharing.
Hugs,
Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

Theresa said...

Oh I love those stacked pretties! Then... the newspapers, I remember that day also:( When my Mother-in-law passed away, I brought home her old newspapers and magazines! I look thru them every few years when I run across that box! Have a blessed day dear BJ, HUGS!

Pat Cantwell said...

BJ,
Yes, you have a marvelous case, dear friend!!!
Your Daddy's suitcase is precious in your eyes and mine!!!
I, too, have similar newspapers. Mine were in Mother's cedar chest!
I pray our Nation never faces another day in History as the day we all remember so very vividly. Perhaps that was our parents theory. . .to keep that day forever in our minds...as they did Pearl Harbor Day!!!
Pondering these events. . .
Fondly,
Pat

Rettabug said...

Fantastic mementos from a terrible time in our nation's history. I think we all remember exactly where we were when we heard the awful news. I agree that it wasn't a random act by one crazed man, either.

I have a wicker basket very similar to your bottom one, BJ. It sits out in the garage. I am going to dust it off & bring it in to see if I can find a special spot to display it.
You're very lucky to have your dear Daddy's case!

Hugs,
Rett

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I love the bed nightstand concept!! That is way cool. Now I have the idea of making a bedroom look like a ship's cabin and making luggage as tables. Love it.

Madeline's Album said...

Using the suit cases in the way you have displayed them is a great idea. You are lucky to still have your dads and the newspaper that was in them. What a terrible day that was. Have a blessed day. Madeline

Stacey said...

Hi BJ. :)

Your suitcases look amazing stacked there. I always love that look too. There's a room upstairs where I'd like to do the same thing.

It's so cool that you found the old newspapers. My husband is with you and thinks it was a conspiracy!

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

PCool suitcases...I also remember the day like it was yesterday...5th grade....those were the days when we were all glued to the tv...and theories? Everyone had their own...I especially remember the rumor that kennedy was alive, in a coma, and that he would never recover from it...and being so young, I believed that one! I lived in Boston and everyone adored the kennedys....sad day in history...I also still have the newspapers-- front pages of Boston globe

LV said...

Some things in life you never forget regardless of how old you are. Such a useless tragedy. I like the way you are using the old suitcases. I still have my mother's vintage overnight bag. It is in excellent condition.

Adam said...

a big day in history indeed. It's always great to keep newspapers as a time capsule.

Actually author C.S. Lewis died the same day but many didn't know about it as his death was obviously overshadowed by the news.

Patty Patterson said...

I have a few. I use them as photo props. One actually has a crack in it because the kid I sat on it was too rough. :-( Kids just don't behave like they used to.

Patty Antle said...

I enjoy seeing old suitcases used in decorating too!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I love the idea of using vintage luggage for decorating and for storage, too!

I'm with you on the conspiracy theory. And I had to laugh at the first comment about marrying a president. So true!

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

Oh BJ, I SOOOO agreee with you about JFK's murder being part of a conspiracy! I have always believed that. Your Dady's suitcase is a real treaasure for sure. I wish I had ANYTHING of my daddy's. Well, I have pictures of him and a few pieces of artwork that he did. XO, Pinky

Love Of Quilts said...

Vintage suitcases make a remarkable display. I can see why you LUV them. I think I have one if it hasn't been toted off. I haven't seen it in a while.

Lorrie said...

Vintage suitcases look so wonderful. I'd love to find some, but haven't yet.
I was about 7 when JFK was assassinated and I remember that even here in Canada, we were sent home early from school (west coast) and the impact it made. Will the truth ever be revealed?

B. WHITTINGTON said...

LUV the suitcases, stacked.
I gave away two suitcases that belonged to my husband when he was in the Navy. He'd bought these Samsonite babies, alligator or snake skin. Brown. I thought they were horrid. My daughter took them and of course she has them stacked and of course I'm jealous and now love them. Who know that after all those years they would become chic!!!
Thanks BJ for sharing with us.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

I like how the suitcases are displayed. They make great side tables.
I too remember when JFK was shot and I will remember it until the day I die. I hope who ever did this rots in you know where.
Mary

Jolene said...

I love vintage suitcases. I am in hopes to come across one some day. The newspapers you found are priceless and how historical!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

No one will ever convince me that they had Diana killed!

I still have my papers from the Kennedy assasination.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

I love old suitcases though I don't have any! :)

The other day at the mission store there was a HUGE old trunk and I took a few iphone pictures of it. I will post them one of these days if they turned out. I think it was probably what they call a steamer trunk ? Not sure but I could have sat in it, it was that big!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

BJ, when I was scrolling down your post, I thought the first photo of your suitcases was from a magazine! What a perfect vignette. I love that look...stacked suitcases. They are a unique way to increase storage in a home. That first photo you shared? I'm in love with it, too! Thanks for linking-up, Sweetie. You made me happy!

xo,
RJ

Sue (Someones Mom) said...

Oh how lucky to have that suitcase of your father's. I have few memories of that day...mostly just the image of John John and Caroline standing at the funeral?? My parents were pretty careful to protect us from things on the news when we were little. I learned lots about the Vietnam War after it was over! I always did the opposite and made my kids watch the news when something serious happened!

Jann Olson said...

Oh bj, those cases are dandies! Like you say, what stories they could tell. I must tell you that from now on when I look at mine I will think of Humphrey and Ingrid. Your father's case is a real treasure. I think the newspapers would have taken me back to tears also. I hate to turn this sweet post around, but I wouldn't doubt if those papers in that pristine condition aren't worth some money. Love ya sweetie and thanks for the shout out!
hugs,
Jann