Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Carry Hand Sanitizer!

When combing the bottom dregs of the dirtiest places on earth...the most beautiful items can begin to emerge. Recently, while on one of my "you better wear old clothes and take lots of hand sanitizer" adventures...the above items surfaced. Now, upon looking at them as a collective whole...I have no idea how they all came to rest within ten square feet of each other...but, observed as a unique piece of individual quirkiness...they scream..."FANTASTIC"! Just an overview from my perspective: 1. Return checks from the United States Stove Company. Dated as early as 1947. This stack of checks was pay roll for all the fine employees of this South Pittsburg, TN company. 2. The plastic shoe was formerly a baby bank...heat, age and loss of plug on the bottom, certainly effect its ability to perform. But, for some odd reason it spoke as a shoe that had walked many a mile. It formerly held pennies that no doubt went to the educational fund of some little knucklehead. 3. "The Hollywood Shop" just said this was a store of star power! The top receipt is for a bed jacket for $1.98. Now, I've not heard the term "bed jacket" since the episode of Andy Griffith, and Aunt Bea wanted one for her birthday. Where do you wear a bed jacket? ...to bed. Hmmm? 4. Two metal plates that read "cope" and "drag". It makes you wonder...where were these hanging? Why would you need these two words made into a metal plate? Who knows? 5. Last, but certainly not least...clothing labels for something that was branded "Pleasure King". I think the label says enough. What more could I possibly add? There you have it...five odd items...five interesting pieces of history...and five reasons to dig like a crazy woman...and carry lots of hand sanitizer!

7 comments:

Stacey said...

Great picture and compilation! And def a good idea about the sanitizer:)

Tara said...

5 interesting items that will come together, somehow, into one of your gorgeous creations!

Cowboys & Custard said...

Hi Alexa... gosh it's been a long long time since I visited .. apologies!
I seem to be suffering from blog saturation these days and can't keep up..
I would be thrilled to find this lot especially here in the U.K..
Now I am waiting to see what you create.. Can't wait!

Michele

lia said...

we often joke that we want to "bathe" in purell after going into some of these places! lol! odd thing is that the best places are the one's where you have to digg and get dirty, in my opinion anyway! :)

BittersweetPunkin said...

Happy 4th!! I hope you have a great weekend!!
Hugs,
Robin

Whitney Johnson said...

I love it! The Pleasure King tags are a crack up - and those metal word plates... fantastic. Glad I could finally visit again (my internet has been down)!
Happy Day!

Betty said...

I just found your blog today and thought you might be interested in the following: In foundry work, the terms Cope and Drag refer respectively to the upper and lower parts of a two-part casting flask, used in sand casting. For what it's worth...

I'll be catching up on your prior posts...looks like fun!