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Long before I was aware of Robert Ripley, or Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, I was always fascinated by collecting odd, obscure things, that to my knowledge, nobody else had any interest in. I was discussing my fascination with a long-time friend of Angie’s, and the friend suggested I put together an online museum of my collection, and call it The Museum Of Obscure Curiosities. While it seemed like a great idea from the start, the necessary cataloging, describing, and photographing of these objects would obviously take a large amount of time. So in the mean time, I have set aside a special page for the museum, of which I will update when time allows.My collection began with an Antique Instrument Case. For whatever reason, the box just seemed old, unique, and, according to me, resembled a pirate treasure chest. The specifics of how I came into possession of the box will forever remain uncertain, but since it has been a part of my life since childhood, it remains one of my most prized possessions.
On November 7, 2012, my father commented, “…You showed me many real treasures hidden in your box. I was impressed. Do you remember who gave you the treasure trove box? So many fitting vignettes flick by and are sweet infusions nourishing our spirits. Those are the real treasures.”
Other possessions include a piece of concrete taken from the former Berlin Wall, an antique glass fishing net float, a railroad lock once used by CP Rail, another railroad lock used by the New York City Subway, and my very first master lock, purchased as a gift from the local hardware store by my parents, while I was still a child living in New York City.
I must give proper credit to Amy, who came up with this fantastic idea. And in doing so, inspired the museum page concept, and this article.