Wednesday

~Inspiration for Dish Collecting~

Oftentimes we develop an interest in something, at an early age, that stays with us throughout our lives.  I believe my interest in decorating and collecting began when I was in third grade, after my teacher read a particular book.

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I don’t know why the story made such an impression on me, that I still remember it so well, almost 60 years after hearing it the first time.

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The Boxcar Children, first published in 1924, was written by Gertrude Chandler Warner. 

My 3rd grade teacher, Miss Beatty, read the book to our class, during the 1951/52 school year.

The story tells of 4 children, who run away from an orphanage, rather than live with their grandfather, after hearing he is unkind. 

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Along their journey they discover an abandoned boxcar and decide to make it their home.  The children furnish their new home with bits and pieces found at a nearby dump.

boxcarchildrenBThe book is held open with one of my treasures; an old wooden spoon, given to me by my Granddad. 

Through their clever resourcefulness, the Boxcar Children manage to make a home in the boxcar.

After awhile, Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny realize their grandfather is a very nice man, and move to his home.

Grandfather moves the boxcar to the backyard of his home, where the children make it their playhouse.

This was the original story, in a series of books written by Warner.  Eventually other Boxcar Children books were written by various authors.

A few years ago, I bought a paperback copy of volume #1 of The Boxcar Children. The latest copyright, in my book, shows 1989 and a note on the cover mentions being the first time in paperback. I was delighted to discover silhouette illustrations were used in the newer book, as they were in the early editions.

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By the time I heard the story, in 3rd grade, I was already in love with the written word.  Going to the library was special. Our Librarian, Miss Bass, read wonderful stories, via radio, each Saturday morning; a happy memory.

Miss Beatty, my teacher, strengthened my love of reading, when she read The Boxcar Children. 

In 3rd grade, I had no idea the story, about the children’s journey and their finding treasures at a dump, would be the catalyst for my love of decorating, garage sales and collecting dishes.

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I read The Boxcar Children to my daughters, when they were youngsters. They are avid readers, to this day.  They also enjoy finding treasures at garage sales. 

train1   Because this post has something to do with train cars and because eldest granddaughter, 19 year old Xanti, is a true treasure, I’m adding two of her photographs, taken while traveling to Montana, to attend photography school during Summer 2008.

I believe Xanti began to develop her interest in photography when I handed her my camera one day.  She spent quite awhile, that afternoon and others, taking photos of this and that;  Xanti was a toddler, at the time.

The photos, added here, are two of her favorites and mine, too.

train2  Xanti was 18, at the time she took this photo and the train cars.  She had no photography classes, before attending Rocky Mountain School of Photography in Missoula, Montana.  Xanti was the youngest in her class. 

Naturally, I think she is amazing.

Her camera is Canon Rebel Xti.

Interesting information about Gertrude Chandler Warner and how the book came to be written can be found HERE.

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65 comments:

JC said...

Thanks for sharing ...

Stephanie said...

What a wonderful story and how absolutely adorable you were! (no worries, you still are!) I love to read too, and love photography as well. And clearly your granddaughter is following in your footsteps - she is a very talented photographer! Hard to believe those photos were taken BEFORE she took the class - she has a great eye.
Best,
Stephanie

Granna said...

Oh my goodness, I remember The Boxcar Children book too! I haven't thought of that in a long, long time. I loved it. Your granddaughter has a great eye for photography. I'll enjoy seeing her pictures, just as I enjoy seeing yours.

Cindy said...

Pat, What an interesting post. Your granddaughter takes wonderful photographs! Oh the power of the written word. It took me so many places when I was in the third grade, I too loved the Library, we did not have TV, so everything I learned was through reading. I still am an avid reader, I read possibly 50 books a year now.I dont think I ever read The BoxCar Children, although I remember hearing about the book somewhere. Funny how those memories can shape our lives.
Cindy S

Sewconsult said...

Delightful story. What would we have done without books. My daughters were read to every day & both (thankfully) have the love to read & continue to learn. Hopefully the young ones now will not have too many electronic devices that they still love to read.
Beckie in Brentwood, TN

♥ Kathy said...

I think she is amazing too Pat. Her pictures are breathtaking! And you were such a doll back in 1951! How cute!!

The Muse said...

yes, a classic in literature that tugs at the heart strings! it plucks the twine of your soul and you feel yourself transported, feeling each emotion.

your imagery fits the post so well today and has given us a brief glimpse into what drives your passion :)

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

That's a sweet post, Pat. I love memories like that. I was interested in old furniture/dishes/things as far back as 12. My granddaddy took me to the old homestead in the country where I saw some things left behind that I loved....furniture, books, etc. I loved those things even then. Linda

Sheila said...

Somehow I missed out on The Boxcar Children but my granddaughter has read them recently. You may have read my post where I told of my love for the Grace Livingston Hills series. Those books open up a world of wealthy people having "house parties" along with the poorer side of life. I also read every "Sue Barton" book & was just positive that I would be a nurse. (I'm not, but my daughter is!) I still love to read, but find myself dozing...

Your granddaughter has a wonderful gift of photography. It's amazing to watch each child mature & find their niche.

Happy reading!

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

My mother loved that book! She found a movie version, I believe, several years ago. It wasn't a big screen release, but she was always looking for it on dvd to share with the grandchildren. She never did find it and I had forgotten about it until this post. Thanks for sharing your story.

Sharon said...

Your granddaughter has an really good eye, her photos are just beautiful.
Love those books also.
thanks for sharing your memories.

Sandy said...

Having never read the boxcar children, I think I'm going to check it out at the library... thank you for that wonderful memory...

sandy

http://thewondersofdoing.blogspot.com/

Kathleen said...

I used to read those books to my class..Thew classics are the best..
that is why I like to collect dishes too??? Thank you Doc for tracing the source of my illness.:)
I have another suggestion for those who read to their children or gkids..
The Thanksgiving Treasure by Gail Rock...I read it every year..and then they would beg for the follow up..The House without a Christmas Tree.
You gdau's pics are wonderful, Pat!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Superb Post Pat!
What a neat story and you were so cute in your ringlets! Your grand-daughter inherited your photo talents,those pictures are amazing!
WONDERFUL! Cindy

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

What a sweet story Pat! I too have never heard of it but sure will look for it now!

lkjatl said...

What a great story! My two girls (16 & 20) loved the new addtions of the Boxcar Children. The photos Xanti took are fabulous!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

I remember reading and loving that book as a child. What wonderful memories you have evoked. Your pictures as usual are stunning and so id your granddaughters!

Allie and Pattie said...

I LOVE posts that tell a history! And I remember loving that book too. Xanti's pictures are gorgeous and I'll show Allie when she gets home from school. She just informed us 2 days ago that she's like to look into photography classes and asked for a good camera for her 16th birthday this week. She starts looking at colleges next year- who knows where she'll end up Great post!
xoxo Pattie

Sjn said...

The story and the photographs are beautiful.

xinex said...

That last picture is amazing, Pat. Xanti inherited your photography talent. You are so cute in that picture, look at all the curly hair!...Christine

happily retired gal said...

I enjoyed sharing the Boxcar Children series with my students too and this post brings back lovely memories of my own ;-)
Hugs and blessings,
Sacred Ruminations

food with style said...

oh how much do i love love love this post! have you visited food for thought, every other saturday? i hope you can come by and link this post on feb 27th, i would love everyone to read this. this is what reading is all about to me, sharing the visual. i adore your blog, but this post delighted me beyond belief!

Shelia said...

Hi Pat! Oh, what a wonderful post! I read the Boxcar Children books when I was little! I had no idea these precious books were produced into the 80s.
Look at you - just a precious little adorable doll. What pretty curls too.
I do believe your granddauther takes her talent from her very special grandmother. Her photos are beautiful!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Mimi said...

Beautiful pictures!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I am in the same time frame you are, but I don't remember reading about the boxcar children. Tell your Granddaughter - Love the photos. I really like the one of the valley and blue skies. She has a great teacher. :)

Beverly said...

Pat, this is such a lovely post. I learned at a very young age my love for pretty things from my mother and grandmother.

Lovin a Farm Boy said...

I love the Boxcar Children series! I read it when I was little, and I try to get my students interested in the books as well.

vignette design said...

Oh my, what a lovely story. It really struck a chord with me as I had a similar experience. Reading the Borrowers when I was little and how they made little things into useful furniture and objects for their home was delightful. I am an avid reader to this day, and decorating fool!
But also I'm intrigued by your granddaughter's photography interest. Those two photos are exquisite. I'm just learning photography, thanks to my Canon Rebel Xti and my new Tamron 18-270 mm lens. Wish I could go to photography school!

kim said...

Pat, what a great story. You picture is so cute. Your daughter is a good photographer, too. Love those pics.

Jeanette said...

My Dh loves the boxcar children series and every once in a while he pulls them out to read the.

Carolyn said...

Oh my, the boxcar children took me back to my childhood. I think my interest in finding treasures in unusual places came from playing house with jar lid dishes and fruit jar glasses with my sisters. I especially enjoyed the beautiful photos taken by your granddaughter.

Debbie said...

What a wonderful post! I, too, loved that book and have such fond memories of my fourth grade teacher, Mr. O'Hara,reading this book aloud to us. We were so entranced that we didn't even hear the school bell ring for the end of the day, and by the time we realized it, most of the class had missed our buses home. We were all farmed out to faculty members for transporatation. True story, and one that would never happen today! THANK YOU for bringing that memory to the surface.

I just love this blog.

carolinajewel said...

I never read The Boxcar Children books growing up, but my children did and we all loved them! We still have some and the Boxcar Children Cookbook somewhere! Thanks for a great reminder!

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Wow, Pat, what a great post. The book sounds just wonderful!!

Barb ♥

Twice as Nice said...

It's so wonderful how a book can stay with you and leave such an impression, especially at a young age. Books are wonderful.
Your grand daughters photography is amazing. I think she gets that from Grandma.
I noticed your Shirley Temple glass. I loved her as a child. When I was young and watched her I never realized that she was all grown up with a family of her own. I thought she was still that sweet little girl I was watching on t.v.

Kat said...

I loved this post Pat. It makes me want to pick up a copy of the books and reread them.

Hugs!
Kat

Brenda Eason said...

Love the story and you were so darling in third grade. Oh id love to have played with those curls!

Rose Mary said...

I've always loved the Boxcar Children, too! Thank you for sharing your sweet memories.

And, I have to agree that Xanti is amazing! What beautiful photos!

Dining Delight said...

I remember being read that book too and loving it, just imagining the wonderful little house they created in the boxcar. Great post and great pics by Xanti! My DH is a locomotive engineer and those pics are special!

DD

Southern Lady said...

Pat, thank you for sharing The Boxcar Children with us. I had never heard of it and will see if I can find it to read to Avery.

Xanti's photos are stunning. She obviously inherited your talent as a photographer, and I would love to see more of her work.

The Norwegian said...

This is a delightful post! There is something wonderful about being read to as a child. The reader's voice takes you to that place you are hearing about. Memorable! I am not a blogger but a blog visitor and found your post via a favorite blog. I'm a lover of books and dishes- seems I'm in good company when browsing the blogs.

Lena said...

My 3rd grade teacher read
The Boxcar Children to us as well. I loved that book so much.And I love dishes even though I don't collect them. I would if I had a place to store them.

Your grand daughter's pictures are beautiful.

Thank you for this post, brought back memories!

TinaTx said...

I read The Boxcar Children books too! Loved them. I didn't know they were available in paperback - might have to look for them. Thanks for sharing.

kim said...

Pat, I did order back in November I believe. I don't think they have it anymore. All my seagrass and sisal rugs are from overstock, too. I lucked up when I came across the herringbone patterned one.

Debra from Bungalow said...

Hi Pat, I never read Boxcar children but will be checking it out for my g'kids. Thanks for the recommendation.

Everytime I visit here I find the most beautiful photos! Xanti's are stunning!

Marianne@Songbird said...

Hi Pat,
Thanks for the compliment on my cloche.
I'll have to ceck out that website tip, but shipping glassware internationally might be a bit tricky.
Take care, M

Susie from Bienvenue said...

I just love post that tell a wonderful story! I am off to find a copy of that book. Madison is in the fourth grade and I think she would love this book. Thanks for sharing your story with all of us. Your childhood sounds like a story book too :)

(((hugs)) Susie~

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

What a delightful post! My daughters and I have always enjoyed reading, but somehow missed that book! I want to find it! I like how you added your cute childhood picture to the story!

Wonderful photography, and your granddaughter certainly has your creativeness gift as well!

Love the cloche designs too! I'm working on mine!

Katherine

lindaharre said...

OMG Pat...............That SAME BOOK was read to me in the third grade and had the SAME LASTING IMPRESSION!!!!!!! It also had the same effect on me!!!!! I can not believe it! Kindred spirits:D

Lori said...

You and Xanti have a gift for photography. I am also a dish collector, especially blue and white. We gave our daughters boxcar books to our younger nieces just last year. What a joy to pass on the love of reading and our hobbies.

maggie's garden said...

By golly, I think that grand daughter of yours has some talent! A chip off the young block I suppose. Your photos aren't too shabby either!
Love the boxcar post.
Have a great Thursday!

ThriftyAnnabella said...

The Boxcar Children was one of my favorite books growing up. I recently bought a copy of it for my daughter. Such a sweet story.,

Screaming Meme said...

I so enjoyed this post! :) Thank yo so much! I'd love to invite you over to my blog, Screaming Meme...it is a decorating blog...

I have a new hilarious blog, This Family's Gone Crackers...It is about a so called "normal" family, Insanely going gluten free...

Hope to see you there! Meme

Angie said...

Now I have got to go to the library and get that book. I want to read it too!

Joycee said...

Pat, I too LOVED The Boxcar Children! It was read to us by Mrs. Diffenderfer...I can't believe I still remember her name, but I do! It was 1959-60 Springfield, Mo. It must have been on the reading list for teachers!!! Your blog is just lovely and I can't wait to peruse your back posts!
Joy at GrannyMountain

Cozy Little House said...

Oh, she is gifted like her grandmother! Those are phenomenal photos she took. And so young! I can see why this fostered the need to "nest" in you, Pat. I can remember how reading seemed to change my life as a youngster. And the guidance of a good teacher. Lovely and inspiring post.
Brenda

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I've heard of the books, but I don't think I ever read them. This was a great story. Your granddaughter's photos are excellent. That landscape is stunning!

Sue

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Hi Pat! I agree with everyone! what a delightful post. I would be so very proud. Your heart must feel ready to burst! Lovely pictures, lovely post and equally lovely family!
Blessings,
Debbie

The Gathering Place said...

The Boxcar Children is a book I always read to my third grade class. We have so much fun seeing how creative they are in making do. My students all love the book. I love your train photo!
Joann

Toni said...

I loved this enchanting post! I want to read that book! I truly can believe it captured you! I saw the movie Rome Adventure when I was a child with my mother and dreamed of the day I would get to travel to Italy. It happened on our 25th anniversary and I burst into tears when I stepped into the piazza in Venice for the first time! Book, movies, pictures are powerful! I LOVE your daughters photo of the railroad crossing....BEAUTIFUL COLOR! Toni

Porch Days said...

Your granddaughter is obviously very talented. Those are great shots of the caboose and the train crossing.

I never read the Boxcar children until my son was in the play at a Children's theater in Sacramento, CA.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh Pat, I remember that book so well! Maybe it was also what got me started collecting so much for my home. The photos you posted in conjunction with your story about your love for this book are just perfect! Your granddaughter's photos are as incredible as yours. How wonderful to have a granddaughter who wants to follow in your footsteps! I enjoyed this post so much. laurie

Pamie G. said...

As I grew older, I had trouble distinguishing between real and a memory when it came to the Boxcar children. About ten years ago I found all of them on Ebay for so little money and purchased them all for my grandchildren. They have not enjoyed them as much as I did but of course, today this is so much! Thank you for the memory! As a child without parents, I think I had lost myself in the story!

phansen11 said...

I loved THE BOXCAR CHILDREN! I loved it even more when my boys were reading the series when they were in school. Another favorite was Laura Ingalls Wilder's series.

Love the pictures!!

Terri and Bob said...

It is one of my favorite books as well, although I am partial to Book #1. None of the others capture my intrigue like that one did.

I think it is why I like stew so much!