- Posted September 25, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Travel photo of the day
Gathering treasures from far away
Glass treasures from over 140 years ago. Many hand blown and used for opium, heroin, poison and all sorts of Japanese and Chinese remedies.
The letters and shapes on the bottles let those who were blind or had troubles know which bottle they were holding and for what use.
Some are worth 3-500 dollars US. Some worth perhaps $10.00
The rarest are not put in the window, but hidden in paper in chests so no one can copy them.
A travel photo? Yes, if this sort of thing is your treasure.
Some may not care until they discover the value that rests wherever Chinese and Japanese migrant laborers worked and carried thier medicines across the South Pacific from the 1840's to the 1930's.
In a way, many are as valuable as ancinet Roman and Greek coins. A man's treasure is where his heart is.
Everyone asks me where and when a photo was taken. I often don't recall. The photos just are. Does time matter? That's why I take photos. To freeze moments in time for ever.
Without photos, moments are lost forever, like tears in the rain.