No. 14: High School Awards

Artist: Unknown Title: Collection of School Awards Date: 1998 Culture: American Provenance: Awarded to EAH in her senior year of high school High school looms large in my memory, as I guess it does for many people. But aside from one tattered old t-shirt, a collection of five or six diaries that I kept religiously … Continue reading No. 14: High School Awards

No. 13: My Ántonia

Artist: Willa Cather & Houghton Mifflin Company Title: My Ántonia Date: 1918; copyright renewed 1977 Culture: American Literature Provenance: Given to EAH by her mother in July of 1987 I recently found myself thumbing through my old copy of My Ántonia and felt an unexpected ache. I'm sure this is partly because I associate the … Continue reading No. 13: My Ántonia

No. 9: The Russia House Matryoshka Dolls

Artist: Unknown, Moscow street artist Title: The Russia House Matryoshka Dolls Date: ca. 1991 Culture: Russian Provenance: Made to order in Moscow by EAH's father as a gift In a past that feels so distant that it seems impossible that I could have lived it, my family lived in Soviet Moscow where my dad was … Continue reading No. 9: The Russia House Matryoshka Dolls

No. 4: Bookmark

Artist: The Woodknot Bookshop, Newport, Vermont Title: Bookmark Date: 1990s Culture: American Provenance: Tucked into a book purchased at the Woodknot Bookshop in Newport, Vermont. Most likely purchased by the parents of EAH as a gift. Is there anything more ordinary than those paper bookmarks that are slipped into the new book you're buying at … Continue reading No. 4: Bookmark

No. 2: Amber Crinkle Glass

Artist: Unknown. (Possibly Anchor Hocking Milano Lido? Morgantown Glass Company? Seneca Glass Company?) Title: Amber Crinkle Glass Date: 1950s or 1960s Culture: American Provenance: Presumably purchased new by the grandfather of EAH some time mid-century. Gifted to EAH by her grandfather around 2002.   My grandfather, born the seventh of fourteen in a small town … Continue reading No. 2: Amber Crinkle Glass