My Father's Things

Kevin Bergen

Torrance, California, United States

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I’m not sure if this is suitable to post as art photography or if it’s just a family record. Here it is, anyway.

My father passed away 10 years ago in November of 2000. Being the only boy, I got most of his personal (or manly) things. He kept this jewelry box (is that what men call them?) on a higher shelf in his closet, and he kept important things there, like his wedding ring that was never large enough for him (far back on the right), the watch he last wore before his illness (in the left-hand compartment), dog tags from his navy days (underneath and to the left of the pocket watch he carried in the ’70s), the old photo of my mom with her signature on the back with her maiden name (tucked in the back), the ignition key to the family car he bought brand new and we ALL drove, a 1965 Ford Falcon (in the section behind his dog tags), and his several tie tacks he wore over the years (mostly in the right-hand front section). Some of you might identify some of the other things . . . hmmm . . . things seem a little quieter now looking over this stuff.

  1. FEATURED in the group, Nostalgic Art & Photography January 2011

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