Four collectable trading card packs from topps – still unopened ! A couple of these are over 30 years old. I keep them sealed in little bags now but when I open the bag there is a waft of stale bubblegum and waxed paper that takes me back !
On the steep hill leading up to Kiyomizudera (Pure Water Temple) in Kyoto, there is a cute little shop that sells matchboxes, postcards, and clothing designed by the owner. I can’t get enough of them, and make sure to stop in whenever I’m in Kyoto.
Call me sentimental, but the memory of taking home fresh milk from my grandma and grandpa’s dairy farm makes me wish I could purchase my milk in a glass bottle today. Vintage ephemera such as these milk bottle caps also have me longing for days gone by when there was a clear and personal connection to local food producers.
I found these items along a gravel roadside of interest. On a smaller scale they illustrate the slow process of decomposition, paper will break down quite quickly, while the baler twine, the piece of plastic and the aluminum can will likely linger much longer. Each will break down into smaller parts to become part of the soil composition. This leads me to consider how much detritus could be combined with natural soil and still be viable for growing plants.
Alumninum can be recycled almost indefinitely, and paper is naturally biodegradable, while the baler twine is generally made from a polypropylene product designed to degrade. Plastic such as the clear sheet particle can last for many years lingering as tiny tatters like the one on the top right. The grasses wrapped around this piece of plastic are grasping it, nesting plastic fibres with its vigorous growth. Plastic and plant are enmeshed in a process of harmonious growth and decay that is illustrative of the insidious nature of plastic as well as a testament to the resilience of nature itself.
I think the Indian graphics on these boxes are fabulous. You can click on the image to see more detail.
In my medium sized collection of vintage airmail envelopes, these blue tinted gems stand out amongst the off-whites, creams and grey envelopes.
Photo by Krista Leger.