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Thursday, October 27, 2011
Vintage Thingy Thursday
I said I wanted to join in Vintage Thingy Thursdays. My very first official Vintage Thingy combines some of my passions and will definitely appeal to the Red Sox fans who visit my Coffee Shop on the Information Superhighway!
This plastic snow globe was a giveaway at Fenway Park in the 60s. I have tried many times to get an actual year that it was given out, mainly because I’m curious if it or I am older! Many of the antiquey things I own are personal and have a story or family history. I definitely have more heirlooms than antiques, the difference being how personal the history is. With this one, the personal history is the fond memory of when I had a great job and good money. I got this on eBay back in the 90s. Believe it or not, I didn’t even know the Red Sox fan I’m married to, in fact, he was probably still in Connecticut.
What appealed to me at the time and what would possess me to buy it now if I had the disposable income, is that it represents baseball and marketing. I love old advertising and promotional items. Thinking back to the early 70s, when I was a child, I would have been so impressed with this as a giveaway at a game. Heck, I have a plastic snow globe from the last game at the Astrodome in 2000. It still is appealing as an adult!
Another strong appeal is that it’s a snow globe. I kinda wish I still had the plastic snow globes from my childhood. That was MY souvenir when I went some place. I loved them! It could keep me quiet in the car for hours, shaking and watching the snow or glitter sprinkle. Remember, seventies, I didn’t have a game boy, just my imagination!
This snow globe is only about half-full of water. There’s no leak, just half full. I think it evaporates with time. Unfortunately, there is no place to add water. I have a glass and finished wood globe my Mom gave me that can be refilled, but that’s just not something that makes sense for a baseball giveaway item! It’s still got more water than some of the ones I’ve seen on eBay!
The pitcher and batter are on a teeter-totter that gives the illusion of the pitcher moving towards the batter, like he’s pitching and the batter moving toward the pitcher like he’s hitting the ball when you move it. And you know my inner child still couldn’t resist shaking it and looking at it after I photographed it