Are you a collector? Perhaps you own beautiful quilts, vintage purses, antique fishing poles or clocks. Whatever the size of your collection, each item documents a time, place and way of life. Beyond the artistry of the Bakelite purse is the story of the invention of the first synthetic plastic and how that invention spawned a whole new industry and transformed our lives. Fishing poles remind us of a time when fishing, trapping and hunting were out of necessity instead of a leisure activity. The availability of game determined where people would settle and eventually where towns would spring up. Enjoy these images as a reminder of our exploration into the wonderful stories of quilts, hunting, trapping and Bakelite plastic.