I have a mild weakness for antiques. Actually, I have a mild weakness for anything old and/or historical. This drives the husband crazy as he would prefer a more austere appearance in our home and I seem to pick up anything that peaks my interest.
Take, for example, this wall of silhouettes.
I acquired the large piece at the top on Friday. A vintage cross stitch piece that I just couldn't resist bringing home with me. It doesn't help matters when you are friends with the lady at the antique mall and she likes to walk you around, pointing out just the things you are looking for.
Before photography became available, silhouettes were the cheapest way to record a person's appearance. Traditionally they show the profile of the subject. If it is a scene that is recorded in silhouette form, it is then referred to as a, "paper cut". The height of their popularity was between 1740-1890. Though I wasn't around back then, my first grade teacher had each student sit while she traced our silhouette. She affixed it to white paper, which we then presented to our parents for Christmas.
Seriously, I think my mother still has mine.
So my friends, what do you like to collect?