It’s every photographers dream; complete and unfettered access to a museum after hours. Over the Canadian Thanksgiving holiday weekend, we were presented with such an opportunity. Our dearest friends, the Mudpuppy’s, arranged with their dad who is a curator at the Metchosin Pioneer Museum to get us in after the museum closed. We had a few hours to go through and document as much as we could, photographically, and came away with an incredible set of images to share over the coming weeks.
The “Antiques Roadshow” is a rather popular feature on PBS here in North America, and I believe it is syndicated world-wide. Here at The Hollow, we’re going to take a slightly different spin to this concept with our own new running series we’re titling “The Antiques Toad Show“. Without further ado, let’s hop to it, shall we?
When we first arrived, my plan was to get in and take a quick look around to try to find the highlights. I really wanted to capture the important pieces first and foremost, just in case we ran out of time. Immediately upon entering the museum, this plan flew out the window due to the sheer volume of pieces on display coupled with the fact that they were ALL fabulous.
Extremely tight quarters created some serious challenges during composition at times. We did our best to work around these limitations and were thrilled to come away with a pretty full basket of images.
Many of the items on display at the museum came from the time the area was settled. Harsh landscapes and climate contributed to creating difficult living conditions, but the early settlers did the best they could. Implements were simple in design and provided a specific function making life much easier. Today, all these years later, these artifacts now are full of rich textures and wear, producing truly compelling photographs.
Throughout the museum displays were setup to try to show life as it was during these times. The items on display here in a little girls room really showed how simple things were back then. We found no X-Box’s, no iPhones… toys came without a plug. Imagination was the graphics engine and good vision the High Definition feed. If you wanted to see a high-resolution widescreen image of the world you lived in, you threw open the curtains.
The dresser is worn and full of character. Little leather booties sit atop it, and a soft green sweater and hand mirror present a scene that could be ripped from the pages of a history book. Can’t we all picture a wee little doll of a girl sitting on her bed with this mirror, wearing the sweater and brushing her hair… these memories all come to life through the artifacts on display.
This classic typewriter beckons the visitor to sit a spell and type a love letter to your beau, who may be thousands of miles away… or send a note to Grandma who checks with the mailman every day to see if something has arrived. Even things such as photography that we take for granted these days was a rare thing to encounter.
This is the earliest version of a laptop computer. It never requires a reboot and there is no need to constantly update it’s software. Information is accessible with the flick of a page. I loved the well-loved appearance this book had, you can sense the people who’ve used it over the years and how they’ve taken care of it. Even with the gentle use, wear is evident. This wear is like a fingerprint of those who enjoyed it left behind for us to discover.
It’s now time to wrap up today’s post. The years of enjoyment show on the face of this classic clock, just like they do for all of us. Time is a constant, it always marches forward; it’s a real experience to stand time still for a moment to take in some of these wonderful items and the history that they hold within. We really hope you enjoyed viewing these as much as we did in bringing them to you. Please do stay tuned, we’ve got plenty more coming from the museum over the coming weeks.
Thanks so kindly for your visit today, we sincerely appreciate it. We always encourage everyone to leave us any comments you may have as we truly love to hear from all our visitors.