Monday, 28 November 2016
OUT OF STEP, OUT OF TIME (OR: A FRIVOLOUS PONDERING)...
As someone who's all too aware of the seeming immutability of memory and association, I'm often surprised when I experience instances that fly in the face of the principle. What do I mean? Well, if I got an item in, say, the '60s, I'm usually always reminded of the period and place in which I lived when I purchased it whenever I look at the thing, be it comic or toy.
But, sometimes, there are exceptions. A case in point is this set of WADE porcelain figures, which I've shown on the blog before. The YOGI BEAR figure was bought in 1970 or '71 and, naturally enough, I associate it in memory with where I was then living, which was the previous house to the one I now reside in.
Around 40 years passed before I decided to track down and acquire the remaining two HANNA-BARBERA figures in the set, HUCKLEBERRY HOUND and Mr. JINKS. Having bought them only in relatively recent years, you'd think I'd associate them with now, rather than the '70s, but surprisingly, such is not the case.
When I look at Huck and Jinks, I can't help but 'see' them in my old room of my former house, sitting alongside Yogi as if I owned all three pieces back then. They fit so well into that period that it's hard to separate them from it, and link them to the contemporary times in which they were purchased.
Another of life's little mysteries which I thought I'd share with you all here. After all, why should I be the only person who has to ponder such perplexities? Now you can all wrestle with it - and if you feel like commenting on the matter, be my guest.
Posted by Kid at Monday, November 28, 2016