Life is a Challenge!

By Honeycombebeach


Often when I look at the subject for a challenge, if I’m not feeling “up to it” I just do my own thing - in fact, when I told Mr. HCB the subject this morning, we both said that I could have used last week’s photograph of "lines", because that was sort of “geometric” - but obviously I can’t use the same photograph again, so it was back to the drawing board!

Mr. HCB was getting ready to take the car in for a service and MOT when I suddenly remembered what I thought was a Geometry Set of his.  However, when I found it in my Quiet Room, and showed it to him he told me it wasn’t a Geometry Set but a Technical Drawing Instrument Set - so pardon me for not knowing.

He told me that it had been given to him when he first started college about 62 years ago probably by someone in the Drawing Office of the Great Western Railway, but he can’t remember who or exactly when now.

I decided to look it up online as the name was on the front of the box and found that it was a Vintage West German EcoBra Kandidat Technical Drawing/Compass Set.  In one place it was described as “Vintage” and in another as “Antique” although I don’t think there is much difference between them.  

However, I decided to ask Mr. Google if there was any difference and he said this:  “Something antique is also vintage, but something vintage isn't necessarily antique. Vintage refers to something that is from an earlier generation. Antique refers to something that is over 100 years old.”  According to this, Mr. HCB’s set is "vintage."  

If you want to read more about the brand, EcoBra, have a look here.  It’s interesting to note that the name was derived from the company’s initials : Eichmüller & CO. Bayerische Reisszeugfabrik Aktiiengesellschaft.  

Obviously the words “EcoBra” would have a very different meaning to a woman!  

Although not exactly abstract, I hope that this will fit the challenge for today - I saw online that one of these sets is worth about £40 (offers welcome!) so it might be worth thinking of selling it and enjoying the proceeds of sale, because it will probably get thrown into a skip, along with all our other stuff, once we have “popped our clogs".  I can’t imagine either of our sons or our family wanting to keep our vintage stuff - but of course, I could be wrong and maybe they will think like this:

“I love older things that people
     have used and cherished.
They have personality,
     character and soul.”
Anna Hillegass

P.S.  I may not do very much commenting this evening, as I am at a Worship Group Practice. 

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