Random Things (from 1960-1982)

I’m a nostalgia packrat.  On a scale from non-sentimentalist to full-on hoarder, I’d like to think that I fall somewhere comfortably in the middle, but maybe I’m just kidding myself. Today, I was looking for something in particular when what usually happens happened: I opened a box of my vintage loot and meandered down memory lane.

Among the things in the box were:

1960 Nixon/Lodge Presidential Campaign pinback button

A 1960 Nixon/Lodge Presidential Campaign pinback button

American_Tourister_Bellhop_Key

An American Tourister bellhop key from our family’s old luggage set, maybe.

1978_Elvis_Presley_Collectors_Card

My 1978 Elvis Presley trading card by BoxCar Enterprises, Inc.

Avon_Zany_Roller_Skate

My 1980 Avon ZANY Perfume “Rollin’ Great” Roller Skate

1983_Worlds_Fair_Ticket

My 1982 World’s Fair (Knoxville, TN) Two-Day Pass

I asked myself why each of these items were worth keeping after all these years.  The campaign button represents a bygone era–a time before my time.  The others bring to mind distinct periods of my growing-up years.  Could I do without these things?  Of course. But for now, well, I think I’ll just hang on to them.