Attic Treasures Antiques – Rare UGA History
Located on 19 North Main Street in downtown Watkinsville, Attic Treasures Antiques boasts an unbelievably wide range of historical items. With the store’s shelves packed with objects as contrasting as World War II guns and 19th century teapots, it’s hard not to find something new every time you turn your head.
Despite an overwhelming amount of things to check out at Attic Treasures, University of Georgia alumni and Georgia history buffs may be stopped by a certain group of items the second they walk in, never making it to the extensive collections of pipes, guns and jewelry held within the shop. The objects, which sit immediately to the right when entering the store, are a group of old UGA yearbooks that date as far back as the late 1800’s.
Known as “Pandora” since its creation in 1886, the university’s yearbook has since moved to an exclusively digital format, meaning that any hard-copy format, especially copies that are around 100 years old, are a rarity.
The yearbooks, of which there are at least four at the shop, range from before the turn of the century all the way to the end of WWI. The leather-bound books are fascinating to look at, as they contain photographs of fraternities, organizations and sports teams that still exist in a very similar form today, besides the fact that they are over a century older now.
If you look hard enough it’s almost a certainty that you could find the names and pictures of famous Georgians or even famous Americans, as many UGA grads from the era went on to have successful political careers. There is also captivating poetry written by students as well as cartoons depicting the reputations of different campus groups at the time.
The yearbooks are just one of the many reasons to take a stop in downtown Watkinsville and check out Attic Treasures, because even if the yearbooks prove disappointing there will be something else to catch your eye. However, for those that are interested, the seemingly ancient books would make a perfect antique for any history-obsessed UGA alumni.