How to Preserve Your Memories in a Unique Way
By Betsy Hecht Cramb
Mementos are reminders of something you did or a place you went that you would like to remember.
Keeping these items stored in a drawer or a shoebox will not give you the opportunity to share these souvenirs in an aesthetic way. However, by framing them or creating a unique shadow box for them, you can display these memories to share with people you want to see them.
Some very unique items have been brought in to Vista Galleries for us to create a display for them and their owners. We had a client bring her ukulele in for us to display in this amazing shadow box frame.
Ukulele Shadow Box
Another favorite are sports memorabilia items like these two baseball team shirts from the Phillies.
Phillies Baseball Jersey in frame
Phillies Baseball Jersey in frame
The Most Unique Items We’ve Seen
Very recently a gentleman brought in some of the most unique items we’ve seen accompanied by a fascinating and exceptional story. With his permission, here is a bit of his story: “Russell Gackenbach had not anticipated the notoriety he received for a single bombing mission,” his biography begins. This unassuming gentleman tells his story of being included in a bombing mission that forever changed the course of history and arguably brought World War II to an end.
After Russell completed his training in the United States Army Air Force in June of 1945, the 509th Composite Group of which he was a part was transferred to Tinian Island in the Mariana Islands chain. At the new base some additional training was completed before participating in conventional bombing raids on Japan. The secretive and specialized training finally culminated in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
He (Russ) was the navigator in the photographic plane, Necessary Evil, on the Hiroshima mission and the weather plane over Kokura during the Nagasaki mission. He received the Air Medal for participation in the Hiroshima mission. He was honorably discharged from the Air Force as a 1st lieutenant in April 1946.
His full story is told in a fascinating article which you can read here: http://www.godandcountry.co/gackanbach_biography.htm.
Russ said what he liked the most about being able to put his mementos in a shadow box was “the ability to be able to put the military challenge coins on display at my apartment. These coins are related to my military career. Prior to having them framed they were all in a box together and no one ever could see them.”
The most memorable part of his role in WWII, he says was his participation as the navigator in the photographic plane on the Hiroshima mission and helping to end the war. These honorary coins help him to commemorate his career in the military. “I acquired them over the last several years, Russ said. “Most of them came from our annual 509th Composite Group reunions.”
Russ commented, “There is still a controversy whether or not we should have dropped an atom bomb on Hiroshima. I do not regret my participation in the Hiroshima mission. Although many lives were lost, the dropping of the atomic bomb saved many more lives on both sides.”
Here is a picture of these unique commemorative coins that Russell Gackenbach has had mounted and beautifully displayed designed by Vista Galleries.
Russ Gackenbach’s Unique Commemorative Coin Collection
You should consider having Vista Galleries create a unique shadow box or display for your important items or souvenirs. Displaying these items in a very aesthetic frame and custom-made shadow box enhances their appearance and makes them easy to display.
It gives them a museum-quality and feel that demonstrates how special these items are to their owner.
Cat Jewelry Collection
Vista Galleries is pleased to bring you these articles about up-to-date art and framing and display techniques. If you have questions about any technique related to art or framing, please contact Peter at email@example.com.
Vista Galleries can furnish your home, office or business with artwork, from design to installation. For estimates or questions, call (727) 216-0798 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. See what Vista Galleries’ professional artists and designers can do for you. Come in or call Vista Galleries today.