Our fav new addition to our little shop:
CAN A VIEW INTO THE PAST MAKE YOU FEEL:
B: More confident?
C: Connected to others?
YES. (Wikipedia explains the science of how)
Keychain peepholes were the original instagram.
Little color slides inserted into plastic tubes you hold up to light to ‘see’ your picture instantly.
They hit peak popularity in old school resorts & tourist spots in the '50s & '60s.
But are now only an artifact of a time we can’t go back to.
You can't much find them anymore (which is why we love them so much & have been on the relentless pursuit of the primary opaque colors with gold metallic imprint)
Our set features 3 iconic scenes of Wandawega's days gone by:
1: the RED one:
Annual traditional flag-raising on the basketball court when David was a toddler. The court still stands, flag still waves, 50 years later.
2: the WHITE one:
David’s parents (Herb & Anna)…in their twenties swimsuit clad on the beach. (They've been together since they were teenagers and just celebrated 54 years of marriage). They still spend time on this beach together all summer, now with Charlie.
3: the GREEN one:
Herb & Anna in the 1970s, playing shuffleboard & drinking beer with friends. (We encourage all guests to embrace these activities today.)
The Science says:
“Nostalgia is a sentimentality for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations. The word is from the Greek work νόστος meaning "homecoming"or "ache”. Nostalgia is associated with a yearning for the past, its personalities, possibilities, and events. Recollections of one's past are usually important events, people one cares about, and places where one has spent time.”
...AS A COMFORT: Reliving past memories may provide comfort and contribute to mental health. thinking about the past 'fondly' actually increased perceptions of physical warmth.
...TO IMPROVE MOOD: Nostalgia can be connected to more focus on coping strategies and implementing them, thus increasing support in challenging times.
“I wish there was a way to know you're in the good old days before you've actually left them.” - Andy Bernard
➕ White viewfinder: beach scene
➕ Green viewfinder: shuffleboard
➕ Red viewfinder: flag raising