True collectors rarely have one collection, and each member of the de la Garza-Crouch family is no exception. In fact, every time Gilda, Jeremy and their two daughters each thought they had landed on their favorites, they turned around.
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Jeremy says he doesn't remember a time when he wasn't collecting something. And in the corner of the living room in a glass case is an assortment of pin-up girl memorabilia. Most of the items are from the 1940s, 50s, and early 60s -- "I don't like to collect anything that's made after '65," he says.
He spreads matchbooks, paperback novels, ashtrays and 12 ounce glasses on the counter. Gilda takes their daughters into the other room to work on a Japanese cartoon pinata for one of the girl's birthday party. (The Japanese cartoon thing is another collection.)
"I'm sure these glasses were gag gifts during their time," he says as he dusts each glass. The front side has an appliqué of a girl in a fashionably designed dress. The inside of the glass reveals the backside of the appliqué -- the same girl with a lot less clothing.
"It was a tease, a sign of the innocence of that time," Jeremy says. "I just think they're a lot of fun."
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