Greatest Thing In The World
Today I paused. When putting together a Nuthatch website banner to promote new jewelry, I was trying to find a complementary styled book as a backdrop. None on my shelf seemed to fit. I started digging in my memory bank. Digging in past memories usually derails any plans I had made for the day. Today was no different.
Recalling a little suede leather embossed book that was left in an estate home purchased years ago, I went on a search and seize mission. The book was last used for a prop in a project of a photography class about 10 years ago. Having survived a house fire, I remember packing its soot covered box in a plastic tote and putting it in storage. I starting looking...and behold, I found it.
This time it was more than a photo prop. This time it was a part of a bigger message. Nuthatches new jewelry line is inspirational and the book title 'Greatest Thing in The World' is as well. After 40 years of owning the book, this time I decided to search its origin. Inside the book is a card reading "Complements of Eaton Rapids Woolen Mills" Edward E. Horner, Eaton Rapids, Mich. Eaton Rapids, Michigan is a neighboring city. The Horner Woolen Mills Company, formerly Eaton Rapids Woolen Mills, is well known as a historic pillar of Eaton Rapids. It appears this book was produced somewhere between 1918 & 1937, making it at least 80 years old.
The 'Greatest Thing in the World' was written by Harold Drummond and first published in 1880. Although I could go on-and-on about its history, I would probably lose a few of you, so if you are interested in knowing more, you can read about its origin here, Greatest Thing In The World.
In short, this book is all about love. How perfect is it that I was drawn to this book for this shoot? An inspirational book from the early 1900's to complement inspirational jewelry of 2017. What a great and beautiful thing!