Images above and below from Playingwithbrushes via flickr.
The photo below is an autograph book from 1888.
Ever since I was a kid, I have loved old things. A fun afternoon for me was (and is) digging around in the attic to see what kind of treasures have been left by generations past. Since the house I grew up in has been in the family for generations now, and dates back to the late 1700s, there were some pretty good things to be found, as no one ever completely cleaned out the attic as the house passed from person to person in the family. On a particularly good day I discovered an old clothes hamper that turned out to be full of fabulous old dishes wrapped in newspaper - it had been up there for years, forgotten.
My love for old things - or "vintage" as a lot of it is called now - has a lot to do with the history of a piece - be it clothes, jewelry, dishes, furniture, whatever. I believe - and this is perhaps solely in my imagination - that these things possess a unique character I can feel. Why else would a person buy cold cream jars from the 1940s? :) There's a beauty associated with possessions from the past that enchants me. Hopefully, some of these images will enchant you, too. :)
Images above and below from Sherry's Rose Cottage via flickr
Everything in the above photo may not be officially "old" but it has that vintage feel that I absolutely love. And the pins at the top look just like some of the ones I have from my grandma's jewelry collection.