A Measurment Of The Past

by Edgar Baird February. 25, 2010 3666 views

I was having a hard time pulling an image out of the hat today. No matter what I tried either the subject was completely uninteresting or I was too impatient to give the attention necessary for a decent image. I was considering taking a picture of my twiddling thumbs and calling it a day-It just wasn't happening.

I asked for suggestions and my Father slipped off rather silently and started rummaging around in his room. Curiosity tapped my shoulder, but I let it be. Who knew what he was doing back there. Eventually he emerged carrying an old wooden box with a latch on the front and a leather strap attached for ease of portage.

He opened the box and my eyes gleamed! How about this, he said. How about this indeed! It was my Grandfathers transit and plumb-bob. I didn't know any of his surveyors equipment was still in existence so excitedly I said YES!! This was exactly what I needed for today.

Until tonight, I thought the trench bugle that I photographed earlier was the only item I had that belonged to my Grandfather. This evening it was good to be wrong.

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Irishjules 11 years, 4 months ago

So - great photos & the initial lack of inspiration - gave you family stuff to treasure - bonus

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Dorothe 11 years, 5 months ago

Lovely details, well done in BW!

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Jamiinorth 11 years, 5 months ago

Love the old treasures find!

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Threepeas 11 years, 5 months ago

Wonderful post and great story!

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Brenda Mallard 11 years, 5 months ago

A great shot of a fine old tool. You never know what treasure might be hidden here and there.

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Lynda 11 years, 5 months ago

Great set. I have my grandfather's mandolin which is rather bashed about but very treasured.

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Soubhagya Sagar Behera 11 years, 5 months ago

So cool Man! Glad u found something!

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Brenda Nelson 11 years, 5 months ago

Life is good when filled with unexpected gifts! Great find and "find"!

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Levonthelights 11 years, 5 months ago

that's so cool, i love old stuff like this...

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Larry Nelson 11 years, 5 months ago

Great post and excellent capture of the detail in this old equipment. It's amazing how accurate surveyors were with these old instruments.

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Chris 11 years, 5 months ago

Awesome shots and yes, what an interesting subject. Well done!

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