The No-Longer-Shiny Radio Flyer Wagon

posted by Sharon June 4, 2013 25 Comments

Time does not pass, it continues.      — Marty Rubin

We went for a welcome getaway to the little mountain town of Idyllwild last week. In among the pines, we found old things. Chairs, shovels, gas cans, and a once-red Radio Flyer wagon.

The funny thing about these antiques is that they once were used for something. Kids piled in the wagon for rides on the dirt paths. Men worked with the shovels. People relaxed in the chairs and talked. Babies played with the rag dolls. And apparently a lot of sewing went on in these mountains, too.

And of course, dinners prepared on the hot stove nourished the families here.

Now these items sit and rust. Paint peels.

I love the character of them, though. How fascinating to imagine the red wagon full of laughing little ones, the sewing machines cranking out clothing, the stove baking an apple pie. Dinner served on the green dining table.

People live and thrive in this town today. The kids play, families eat home-cooked meals. Maybe someone sews curtains. Life continues, and life contains both the rusted and the new. That’s so easy to see and appreciate here in the mountains.  I love these reminders of a time when life was different but really much the same.

How about you? What reminds you that time moves on while life continues?

Linking up with Texture Tuesday, Tuesday Muse, Sweet Shot Tuesdays, Tones on Tuesday, and Communal Global.

The photos are edited with Kim Klassen’s textures Revolution and Pumpkin Grunge and Nancy Claey’s texture Amy.

 

 

 

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25 Comments

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Evelyn in Oregon June 4, 2013 at 4:11 am

Love these very vintage pieces! What reminds me….my face in a mirror! 😉

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Marie-AZ June 4, 2013 at 5:30 am

Great rustic finds!

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Anne Payne June 4, 2013 at 7:35 am

Wonderful photos and narrative. I love the perspective and editing. Ordinary things remind me that life moves on as time continues but nothing greater than the passing of a loved one.

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Eugenie June 4, 2013 at 8:37 am

Amazing, beautiful photos – and I love the quote you used. It is so true!

The sewing machine is like the one my grandmother had…

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Paul O'Rourke June 4, 2013 at 9:22 am

Great shots, love the ‘Radio Flyer’.

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Karen June 4, 2013 at 9:46 am

I love these old treasures! I still have my daughter’s radio flyer – it’s old and rusty, but I still use it to move my garden plants to where I am planting. These are great shots, Sharon!

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Stephanie June 4, 2013 at 11:55 am

This is my kind of place. I love all these things – rust and all!

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin June 4, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Wow – that is an amazing collection. Really makes you wonder what they were used for!

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bettyl June 4, 2013 at 12:09 pm

It’s fun to stop and look at ‘times past’ and make up your own stories about the items you find. Great photos.

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Cheryl M June 4, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Love your post and yes, I can see the scenes you’ve described with these fantastic vintage treasures! My body reminds me that life moves on as time continues when I try to do activities that my mind THINKS my body can do…….but no longer can.

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Kim Reardon Cunningham June 4, 2013 at 1:34 pm

I love looking at antiques. I’m always struck by the quality of items of yore compared to our more disposable society today. I think one thing that reminds me of the continuation of life is seasons. I found out years ago how much I relied on them to feel like I was moving forward. I lived in a year round tropical climate for 8years after living my whole life with 4 seasons. I really felt “stuck” in time for awhile. It was strange. Eventually I adapted, but it was a good 6 months of Twilight Zone feelings. 🙂

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Robyn June 4, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Seeing these types of vintage everday things really does make one think about life. How simple life can be and how much things change/advance over time.

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Janine @ Just a Moment June 4, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Great collection of photos!

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Gracie June 4, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Very cool find, Sharon. Love these beautiful rustic pieces.

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debi9kids June 4, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Oh wow. I am in love with these photos! I just love antiques, esp when they tell a story so vividly.

Popping over from Communal Global 🙂

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Desktop Dreams June 4, 2013 at 4:14 pm

Oh would love that old sewing machine… Visiting from Texture Tuesday…

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Peabea June 4, 2013 at 4:20 pm

Love what you’ve chosen to share here and your description of time passing and continuing. Life circles and the shiny becomes rusted and replaced with new with each generation, I guess. When I pass an empty farmhouse and barn on a country road with the roof collapsing, it does make me melancholy for times past and how it must have been someones prized homestead, but I also imagine them moving into a newer and better place for themselves. ~Happy Tuesday~

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Roberta June 4, 2013 at 7:00 pm

I have really enjoyed viewing your photos..I have a son that lives not too far from Idyllwild. As I child we used to go camping there to get away from the heat of Palm Springs..

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Roberta June 4, 2013 at 7:40 pm

ps I love the texture in your photos too..you will also find me at my newer blog http://www.rambleann.com

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Sharon Furner June 4, 2013 at 7:21 pm

Time does pass, our worldly goods age, our bodies wrinkle out, but the goodness of others remains constant. May Kim and John feel the love sent with these postings.

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Ewa "Mom Photographer" June 4, 2013 at 7:43 pm

what a great collection!

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Nancy Claeys June 5, 2013 at 10:43 am

We have a similar older wagon that is just as rusty. I use it to hold potted plants in the summer. 🙂

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Patrice Plauche (@phpea) June 5, 2013 at 12:33 pm

I’m always attracted to old rusty things…

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Prairie Jill June 6, 2013 at 6:36 am

What a wonderful series of images! I love them all, but especially the first one – great processing!

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Tonya June 8, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Lovely photos with lots of memories! For me… same… old photos, especially of young people who have grown up.

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