My husband’s grandfather was an incredible man who lived one of those rags to riches stories. He started out as a telegrapher, and right before he retired, he had worked his way up to be one of the last Assistant Vice Presidents of Union Pacific Rail Road. He had his own train car and train service when he traveled that included a personal chef and porter. When Andy’s grandfather passed away, Andy was given some of the glassware that his grandfather had in his personal train car. The glassware has the Union Pacific Railroad insignia on it and is a nice family heirloom that we cherish and use on special occasions.
I’ve always been fascinated by train travel. One of my goals in life is to travel by train on the Orient Express. In fact, when I was in design school, I used train travel as a concept for one of my projects. I designed a restaurant called Harvey House based on train travel. You can see the mood board I used to inspire the project above. The rest of the project can be found in my book.
It’s not only the train service that we’ve inherited, but we also have other family heirlooms from our family. None of it’s very valuable, but it’s all sentimental and meaningful to us. Andy and I try to use what we’ve been given so it’s not just stored away and forgotten. We want these heirlooms to be a part of our daily lives so our ancestors are remembered. We also want our kids to know about these items and who they came from because one day they’ll inherit them.
Do you have any heirlooms you use in your daily life? I’d love to hear about them!
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