Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Magpie/ Prompt #2
Let me take you back to 1988. I was sitting on a dark red sofa in the lobby of the Hotel Forum in Bratislava. It seemed more bustling and crowded than usual. I decided to sort through the matchboxes that I had recently bought for my cousin, Count Esterhazy, who was a rather renowned collector of museum quality boxes. Some people like to sort by sports, or animals, but Cousin Niki preferred to sort by countries. I had before me three treasures, all rated by the Match Book Society: 1. An "Always Ready" label. 2. An English Co. label, issued in 1885. 3. A Thomas Gee label, issued in 1875. I couldn't wait to see the look on his face when I handed them to him.