If You Want a History Lesson, Skip the Museum and Go to an Antique Store

The Smithsonian just doesn’t compare

George “Ace” Acevedo
Crow’s Feet

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Coca-Cola Museum (World of Coca-Cola) Photo Credit: Author

I always hated high school history class.

There was too little of it to which I related. Wars and inventors seemed to be the primary focus. Studying ancient history might have been a little more interesting. I could participate in archaeological digs where pottery and utensils are found, giving me clues about how earlier civilizations lived.

This made me wonder what questions archaeologists of the distant future will have about our own living arrangements. It occurred to me that all they would have to uncover is an antique store.

Antique stores are packed with our culture’s progress. They have everything from old art (the department store kind) to household goods to the technology of the past.

For example, when I walk into an antique store, I see the remnants of my own history, such as a stove like the one in my mom’s kitchen in beautiful Harvest Gold. Maybe you had the Avocado Green. Over there is the toaster that almost set fire to our house when the fabric-wrapped power cord frayed. There’s the Hoover vacuum cleaner I struggled to use as a kid because the thing was built like a tank.

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George “Ace” Acevedo
Crow’s Feet

Writer. Noisemaker. Visual Artist. Former radio guy who knows a little about a lot.