Sharon Whelton

Antiques in general and vintage vehicles in particular are an inherited passion and my favorite subjects to photograph.

My grandma collects antique Avon bottles and other knick-knacks. My mom has a great collection of World War II memorabilia. I've been working on an antique thimble collection since childhood.

And then there's my dad. He collects everything from vintage typewriters and cash registers to antique fire extinguishers and furniture. When I had friends over as a teenager, they would compare our house to Cracker Barrel, walls covered in random vintage items, including snowshoes and a gun.

For a while, my dad was the proud owner of a 1955 Chevy pickup and a 1960s Mercedes convertible. Both vehicles had such character, like the truck's rounded 5-window cab.

It's no coincidence that I married a man who shares my admiration for antique automobiles. His parents proudly display a 1966 Ford Mustang convertible in shows near and far while his brother restores a '66 Mustang coupe that belonged to their grandfather.

When I received my first digital camera as a gift, it seemed only natural that I photograph those things that have always made me feel happy, curious, nostalgic...

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