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Boats and Videos Collection by Katie Remele

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Taken by
Katie Remele Katie Remele
Explore score
1.26 Gigapixels
Date added
Feb 27, 2010
Date taken
Feb 27, 2010

I am a Point Park University student majoring in photography. I am attending one of the first classes for the gigapan and this is one of the pictures I did for fun.
This picture was taken in my Grandparents home taken in a room called 'the gun room.' My Grandparents are collectors of many things and don't throw anything away. If you look at the picture or even look at my tags you will notice many things like two DVD players, an old record player that is unknown whether it works, a tape deck system (although they don't have any tapes anymore that they know of.) There are also many little nic-nacs that were obtained in someway at some point and since they don't get rid of anything they are displayed on one of the shelves.
My Grandmother, Renee, passed away on August 31st, 2009. I have a separate gigapan of her fairy collection which resided all over the house except this room, 'the gun room,' because she left this room for my Grandfather to store his small collections. This is the link to her collection. www.gigapan.org/gigapans/43417/
The videos, if you look close enough, a majority of them are still sealed and have never been opened. My Grandmother was a shopaholic and loved to spend money. The house is full of all kinds of things that have never been used like toothpastes, lotions, toilet paper, ect. These videos are just a small collection of her compulsiveness to shop. Notice how the only videos that are not wrapped up are war videos. Those belong to my Grandfather. Like most elderly men, my Grandfather is very interested in war and has a small collection of books and videos that are on the left side of the screen. I also tagged some of them.
My Grandfather collected all the boats that are spread through out the picture. Although he didn't actually build them, he did like to collect them already built. These boats are also not very expensive like most model boats because all these boats my Grandfather found either at a yard sale, flee market, or at a discount store like the Goodwill or Gabriel Brothers. My Grandfather really isn't a big collector of boats but my Grandmother gave him this room for his guns and he decided to fill it with boats as decoration since his guns are locked away. My Grandfather always found these boats to be interesting and had a moment of compulsion for boats and used them to help dress up his gun room. He doesn't collect them anymore and he really doesn't know much about them, so I did my own research.
One of the boats I found on the internet, the Amerigo Vespucci. Amerigo Vespucci named after Florentinian Amerigo Vespucci (1454-1512) and for whom the Americas are named after because he claims to have descovered America one year before Columbus. The ship was built in 1930 at the Italian Naval Shipyard of Castellammare di Stabia (Naples). It can fit a crew of about 300 and has 74 cannons. It is about 101 meters (331 feet) in full length and 15.5 meters (51 feet) in width and It weighs over 4100 tons. The ship has three hulls with 26 sails. Courtesy of www.statemaster.com/encyclopedia/Amerigo-Vespucci-%28ship%29 Will open in a new tab or window.
Another one of the boats, which I tagged, is the Black Pearl from the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies. It is actually my favorite and found it very interesting that it is the Black Pearl. I also found out it is one of my Grandfather's favorites which is why it has its own little spot at the top of the mantel with the side of the ship facing us, instead of being squeezed in with the other boats where it is hard to see them. Although it isn't one of the expensive models of the boat that I found online, it is still very interesting to look at.
My Grandfather use to have a pretty cool gun collection. He use to take me and my cousins out shooting, he had a few riffles we use to share. When the boys of the family got older they got to shoot the 'hand canon,' as I call it because that's literally what it was. Fire would shoot out of the end of the barrel like a mini cannon, and the shooter would almost fall backward, it was fun to watch. He also had several hand guns that he let us shoot with. He has sold a number of his guns because he has no use for all of them anymore. He still has some of his favorite guns locked in a box and hanging up on the wall.

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  1. Katie Remele

    Katie Remele (March 09, 2010, 12:09PM )

    If anyone knows the name to any of these boats, please let me know thanks

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