This was taped to the mailbox in front of my building.
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I found this in a heap of building trash that my old landlord had accumulated. It was an ugly eyesore, but a treasure trove if you were looking for rusty old junk.
Another dog walking find. I picked these up years ago, along with parts of a pelvis and jawbone. They were all lying in a pile next to a path. I assume they were from the same animal, maybe a ‘possum or cat?
These came from the clean-up in Owen County. The top lure is a Jitterbug. It was in a pocket-sized tackle box. The bottom one was in a little plastic box full of junk jewellery.
This is some of the junk I picked up while cleaning and hiking out in Owen County last weekend. The ceramic and tile pieces came from the driveway. The former owners were artists, and they used the driveway to break up china for mosaic work. There are little pieces of the leftovers mixed in with the gravel. Every time it rains, more pieces come to the surface, so whenever I’m there, I look around for them.
The little girl’s photo came from inside the house. It was in a pile of stuff I swept up off the floor. So were the nuts and washer and the metal thingumy in the top right corner. I haven’t a clue what it is, but it’s a neat shape and has a nice patina, so I kept it. The stone at the top is a fossil of some sort.
The turkey feather was sitting in the crook of a tree. It looked like a snake, at first glance, because of its pattern and size. Yes, wild turkeys do roost in trees!
I found this photo in the heaps of junk we cleared away last weekend. It was probably taken in the last year or two at the Owen County fair. I liked the scratches and the messed up exposure, so I picked it up, intending to use it in a collage. But, first, I decided that it requires faux lomo-ization.
I found these in a 1951 copy of Better Homes and Gardens Baby Book: a child care and training guide. I’m always on the look-out for old books that I can cannibalize for collage, and especially for those that have ephemera in them. I’ve found money, pressed leaves and flowers, name tags, post cards, letters and notes, and photos.
I think this batch of papers is interesting because of the dietary advice included. If you look at the dates, Dr. Wallace prescribed “pablum mixed cereal” diluted with formula for David when he was only a little over a month old. That’s awfully young to be starting a baby on cereal. Apparently it was common advice given at the time, but not anymore.
(I’ve pixelated the last name, because David and Billy are probably still alive. It looks like their father died in 1955, and their mother remarried in 1959. A third son, Ted, was born in 1961. As always, click on the images to view larger copies.)
I found these two photos in an old book I bought at a thrift shop. There’s a detail of the flags, here.
Based on the star pattern, I’m guessing that the left-hand flag is a 49 star “Alaska” flag (7 rows of 7 stars). The 49th star, for Alaska, was added on July 4, 1959 and the 50th, for Hawaii, was added on July 4, 1960.