I collect old things, mostly photos and postcards, I'm not sure why. The attraction is both visual and tactile. The soft rag paper of these old cards is much more pleasing to the eye and touch than more recent glossy color ones.
Postcards were the twitter of a pre-computer age. I recently started sending postcards to friends, for the fun of it.
I fell in love with old Paris through the photographs of Bresson, Brassai, and Kertész at an early age. If a blue Police Box ever materialized in my living room I'd ask the Doctor to take me to Paris hundred years ago. Of course, we'd probably end up in ancient Greece in the middle of a Dalek invasion.