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Today’s Tip:  Don’t throw out that orphaned sock!
If you are like me, one of your prized and most used genealogy posessions is your magnifying glass.  I love mine!  From helping read old script, tiny, faded print, typewriter ‘soft letters’,  faint pencil notes from years gone by, or studying the etching on a fading number or letter on a gravestone, it cannot be matched nor replaced!  Can’t be replaced, especially since in my case my glass came from my grandmother and it is the only article from her that I have.  It is really special, but at the same time, I love using it and feel it gives me a special spirit from Nana when I do my work.
It also goes a lot of places with me and I worried about scratches, the handle getting dinged up, etc.  But I really have a need for it almost every time I go to a cemetery, library, archive, bookstore, etc.  I need that glass, but I wanted to protect it.
I checked all over for a case.  Seems that there must not be a huge market for stand-alone magnifying glass cases!  
So one day I was grousing when I was doing our laundry about the fact that our washer or dryer was eating one of my favorite, thick, gym socks!  Never two, just one!  There I stood …. looking at this one, perfectly good, but now orphaned sock.  Just as I was about to toss it into the rag drawer, I got my bright idea!
I grabbed that sock and took it to my desk, slipped my magnifying glass into it and voila!  I had myself a nice, soft, lightweight, case!  Just enough to protect it, but not bulk it up for my briefcase!
Now my magnifying glass and my sock go with me everywhere!  Not exactly a matched pair, but they seem to get along just fine!
Oh, I will warn you …. it does bring some funny remarks every so often from the airport TSA security folks …. but hey, when I tell when what it is and what I use it for, they seem to understand.  Often as they are backing away from me like I  have something contagious, but they let me through!
So don’t toss that sock!  Your magnifying glass will thank you!
Onward To Our Past!
Scott
  1. Michelle Goodrum Reply

    Fantastic idea and I have a few magnifying glasses and plenty of orphan socks.

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