Every mighty wallet has its own story as to how it came to be created. Each one has its own particular history regarding the design and where the inspiration come from. "My old wallet" is a wallet design that came from the first wallet I was ever given. My grandpa Bob gave me this wallet when I was just a little boy. I can't remember how old I was then but I grew up with my grandparents and was living with Bob and my grandma Mary at the time.
Somehow I managed to keep this wallet over 30 years and found it when I was looking through some old boxes of personal stuff I had stored away. The idea was instantaneous - I looked at the leather wallet and thought - this would be a great design all by itself. I took the wallet into my photo studio and shot it under the bright lights. The photos were used directly on the mighty wallet and the proportions fit perfectly.
The wallet itself was in good shape partly due to the fact that it was never really used it. When my grandpa gave me the wallet I was so small and it was so big I couldn't fit it into my pocket so it spent most of its time in a drawer of my desk until I was big enough to use it. The only thing that wore off was the stitching (surprise) and some writing where he originally wrote my name and our phone number in the middle.
Some people have asked me if he made the design himself. No, he didn't. But at first I thought he might have because my grandpa Bob was an industrious guy. He was a tool and die worker who was always working on some home project and he also did do some metal stamping. In fact the stamping in the wallet looked a lot like some metal stamping that my great-grandfather did to our towel racks. However it wasn't either of their design but they were both hard workers and now I can see the lineage of that in my family coming to rest with me.
I'm very proud that I have the opportunity to make a Mighty Wallet from the leather wallet my grandfather gave me. Its strange but just the other night I was thinking of my grandpa, and I was wondering about his father (my great-grandpa) and his struggle to succeed. My great-grandpa, John Kelleman, was the first in our family to immigrate to the US. Two years ago I visited Ellis Island and saw his name engraved on a monument there.
It seems like things have come full circle now with me moving to New York and continuing the dream of a better life for my young family. Now as a father myself I realize that I didn't get here on my own. The work and struggle that my grandparents and great-grandparents made is why any of this at all possible for me. Now its my turn to try to provide a better life for my wife and our two daughters.
My grandpa Bob isn't alive any more and he never got to see the Mighty Wallet version of the wallet he gave to me. But I know that he would be very proud of the success of Dynomighty and he would have loved to see all the crazy product designs I come up with. I would love to hear what he would have say about these wacky products. He was always equipped with a zinger when he needed one and he didn't hold back when he wanted to speak his mind.
I think he would be very proud and he'd brag about me and our family to all his friends. He would have used a Mighty Wallet himself so he could show it off to anyone he came across at the gas station, mall or track. But I don't know if he'd actually use the "My old wallet" though. He'd probably say "Jeez Terry, If you're gonna sell someone a paper wallet, the least you could do is clean it up and make it straight!"
He is missed.