For instance this clock:The story goes that back when my mother was a little girl living on the family farm that a neighbor needed some bricks for a project back at his place. My grandfather just happened to have a pile of bricks so he rolled a wheelbarrow full of bricks over to his neighbors and came home with this clock. It was how the man paid my grandfather for the bricks. Now, I wish I had heard the story first hand, so I could have badgered my grandfather for the details. Like why did you have bricks laying around, where did the man get the clock, etc. But at least I will have this story to pass down with the clock.
My mother--in-law tapes pieces of paper to the back of family pieces telling who it belonged to and maybe a little something special about it. This is a quick and easy way to perserve the history of the piece.
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