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Collectibles: 1942

Collectibles: 1942

October 1942. "Scrap and salvage depot. Butte, Montana." Where this kind of stuff ended up in the olden days, back before they invented eBay. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee for the Office of War Information.

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Kodachrome era fading to black?

This article details the sad, upcoming demise and past history of this marvelous film. A film that makes even a junkyard look gorgeous!

What's in the box?

How many people wonder what's in the box? I was also wondering the history behind the burlap sack. There was a National Geographic article a looong time ago where they dug down deep in a defunked trash dump and found petrified hotdogs, etc.

Hey, get out of my garage!

Strangely enough, I found this photo alarmingly similar to the "collectibles" I have, except I do not have the apparent shoe of the bad witch of the east melting under the old mattress. The Montana license plate from 1938 is possibly quite rare since how many vehicles could there have been in Montana that year? Some people still do not believe there actually is a Montana since few people have actually been there and even fewer know exactly where it is. Another rarity might be that old deflated football with Knute Rockne's autograph on it. How much would a car restoration expert pay for that old car door? One never knows where one is going to find a gem. One man's trash is another man's ...(well you know).

A small fortune on Ebay today...

I was in an antique store this weekend and saw an Iiron bed frame similar to the one in the picture, except with 60 years more pitted and rusty. It was selling for several hundred dollars as "Shabby Chic"

Hot Plate

>> My grandmother in Omaha had one of those electric shoe warmers.

The electric shoe warmer is just an ordinary hot plate which happens to be sitting on a shoe.

[The powers of perception in evidence on these pages never cease to amaze! - Dave]

Scrap heap alternative

Another thing you did with old junk was to furnish your summer place with it. Like that iron bedstead at the lower right. I slept in a bed with one exactly like that whenever we went Up the River (official term for trips to the Russian River resort area). Obsessive little chap that I was, I memorized every pattern on it as I lay in bed, between reaching up and twirling the loose knobs at the tops of the posts.

Kelvinator Hotfoot

My grandmother in Omaha had one of those electric shoe warmers.

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