Vintage Key

Vintage Key

This little oddity was found in the back of a chest of drawers that it did not open or lock.  It has an unusual shape and we would really like to know what this mysterious key opened.

SS Leviathan

Usually when you find a mysterious old photograph with anonymous people captured in time you can only just imagine who the people were, what they were like, or what they were doing.  There is something satisfying about having a reference point to guide your imagination.

This is a lovely old photo we found tucked into the back of a chest of drawers, we couldn’t resist trying to research the ship these two seem so proud to be on.  The SS Leviathan sailed the North Atlantic from 1914 to 1932 (the photo is dated 1932 on the back) and was originally called SS Vaterland and later became a troop ship to carry troops during World War I.  The orchestra on the SS Leviathan was well regarded and even produced records on the Victor Label.  The SS Leviathan was sold for scrap in 1938.

We still don’t know who these people were but we can imagine how excited they must have been to be some of the few who travelled to America at the time.

Pressed Botanical Specimens – Found in a WWI Trunk

Lovelitter Vintage Botanical Specimens Found in a Trunk

In An Oddity Odyssey we celebrate the weird and wonderful uncovered treasures that we find along the way.  Forgotten everyday artefacts that escape notice, hidden in the back of sofas and drawers, inside trunks and wedged into linings.  Objects once loved and used, their purpose and meaning forgotten, now rendered useless.  There is beauty and wonder in these found curiosities, a connection to people and times gone by.  We offer this as a humble document to the endeavours and creativity of those before us, hoping to preserve artefacts that would have ended life in the tip, a catalogue of our everyday material culture.

The above botanical specimens were found in a military trunk dating from WWI.  A considered and carefully collected assortment of plants and flowers, each pressed and annotated.  Each specimen is dated to a day the 1930s, a living record of someone’s explorations.