Times Past: Collections

This month the theme for Times Past is “collections” and you can check out the host page here.

I’m a Baby Boomer … classified by age rather than personality type! Grew up in an Australian capital city.

I don’t think of myself as much of a collector though at various times I have started them. The first I remember was a butterfly collection when I was about nine or ten and I kept them in a little box I’d covered with shells. I guess that means I’d already started collecting shells. I do have jars of shells now, sorted into similar types but I don’t go out looking for them it just seems I often find interesting ones to bring home. The same goes for stones and feathers.


In my teens I bought an album and started a coin collection, I’d go to the nearest shop and get some coins to sort through. I learnt that in Australia there were different mints and how the place of manufacture was indicated on the coin, eg a dot after the date. I couldn’t believe it when I found an extremely rare 1930 penny. I was right not to believe it because the one I found was English rather than  Australian so only worth face value.


By far the biggest collection in our house is my son’s beer bottle collection which he started over 20 years ago, it was supposed to go when he got his own house but that has now changed to “when I get my shed”. I’ve a feeling his wife will make sure the bottles and cans never get into the house ….. if they ever leave here!

About a third of the collection!



Author: macmsue

I’m a sister, wife, mother, grandmother, auntie and friend. I prefer to be outside and am interested in photography, nature and different cultures. I believe everything on this earth has a right to be here but some things and some people would be happiest if their space was far away from mine. (Flies and biting bugs take note!) I don’t like housework and think dust is Nature’s way of saying, “This is my space, I was here first.”

11 thoughts on “Times Past: Collections”

  1. LOL. I think that is what parents are for. To store all the stuff that the new spouse doesn’t want. From a non collector you seem to have had a lot of collections and if the photos are yours, you still have. You have reminded me of my brother’s shell collection and my father’s coin collection. I didn’t know about the marks identifying which mint the coin is made in. Thanks for joining in you’ve added to the collections considerably.

    1. Over the years I’ve started collecting things but it doesn’t usually last long, I just don’t toss the collections out. I think feather collecting is the exception.birds

  2. It looks like you got quite serious about your coin collection. There is always the tantalizing possibility that you will come across a really valuable coin, and be able to cash in! I love collections, but was never really committed enough!

    1. I’m not dedicated enough for collections either. In the album there are some of the original Australian 50c coins which were octagonal for just a few years. Decimal currency came in 1966 and after the excitement of seeing the new coins I didn’t bother collecting anymore. It’s funny looking at the halfpennies and realizing they were in use when I was a child.

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