He seldom wants or needs anything, and I have learned that he often does not use things that I choose.
If he wants something, he gets it for himself.
But I had an idea this year.
He is retired from the Sierra Railroad.
Engine No. 38 was the biggest steam engine ever owned by the Sierra.
George Mathis print for 53 years.
(We have written about George Mathis before here on the blog.
Please see Tina's post here to read some more about him.
You can also enter his name in the search box here on the blog, to see other posts where we have shown some of his work.)
This Sierra Railroad print is very special to my husband, as he purchased it on May 5th,1962 when it was being sold to the passengers on a special excursion train that weekend. That day marked the first time he had ever ridden on a Sierra RR train.
This was a VERY big deal for a boy who had loved trains ever since he could remember!
It cost $10 for the ticket (and extra for the print) and that may not sound like very much money - but for a kid?
No. 38 had been sold seven years before. It was actually Engine No. 28 which was leading the train for the excursion that day.
Mr. Mathis' sketch was done from a photo taken by a gentleman named Glenn Beier.
My husband knew Mr. Beier, and he also owns a framed copy of the very same photograph.
The print had been put into the frame you see below all those years ago, and it had no glass, and, therefore, no protection.
Unfortunately, because of that fact, it had gotten a little bit damaged and a little bit dirty in a couple of places over the years.
But honestly - and luckily - only a very little bit.
The print had been glued down to a piece of cardboard that served as a backing, of sorts ...........
Precisely what I needed - with glass, and it even had the wire hanger on the back already:
I surprised him with it this morning , along with some of his favorite "Pine Nut Rolls" candies from the Columbia Candy Kitchen.
And that made me happy, too!