Quote: Nothing Old At All

“So many houses here have nothing old at all. And a house with nothing old in it seems – unseasoned.”

Teapot with Rose
My Great-Great Grandparents’s Wedding Present

Lovelace, Maude Hart. Emily of Deep Valley. New York: Harpers, 1950.

That’s one danger that few houses of Wilder fans have, seeming unseasoned. A love of Laura almost inevitably leads to a collection of things that other people would think long overdue for the dustbin. My personal collection includes things as diverse as an egg candler (OK 2 egg candlers, both kerosene and electric powered) to a shingle off of Rocky Ridge and quarter sawed off fragment from a board from Grace’s house. They are stuck in nooks and crannies all over my house. What’s the strangest thing you have in your collection?

And remember that even a new house can have a bit of the old in it.

(For those of you who might be wondering, this particular old thing is a teapot that was a wedding present given to my Great-Great-Grandmother Buchmayer.)

If you want to know more about Emily of Deep Valley which I very highly recommend, here are two more posts:




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Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic, and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , Google+, LinkedIn , SlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

One thought on “Quote: Nothing Old At All”

  1. I love the mystery of antiques. they’re comforting to me and the only reason i can think of is that my grandmother was an antiques dealer and they were all over her house. currently my favourite thing is a framed old ink press picture of the colusseum. I love everything about rome and the fact that after all my researching i havent been able to find a print like mine makes me love the mystery behind it even more. 🙂


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