Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Lost....and then FOUND
About 10 years ago Mr. Rothbart found a note on his car that was meant for someone named "Mario". The note read, "Mario - I @#$%* hate you (expletives deleted) you said you had to work then whys your car HERE at HER place?? You're a @#$%* liar I hate you I @#$%* hate you - Amber P.S. Page me later"
And that was the start of it. He then started handing out flyers inviting others to send in found items. In the forward to the book, he writes, "At first I didn't hear anything. Then, suddenly, I did. Found notes came in from as far away as Alaska and Bangladesh. They were by turns beautiful, hilarious and heartbreaking. Once I'd gathered a decent stack of material and combed through my own collection of found stuff, my friend Jason Bitner and I went to work for three nights cutting and pasting with scissors and tape and put together the first issue of FOUND magazine."
The books are compilations of the best of that magazine. And it's absolutely fascinating what has been found by people all over the world! Crazy love letters, grocery lists, snapshots, notes passed in class, parts of diaries - all of the detritus that we think no one else will ever see but somehow escapes our grasp. There are also bits of books and magazines, advertisements and other things tossed for no apparent reason.
If you are interested in the most basal type of ephemera - the type that is worth nothing monetarily but can make your day - I highly suggest picking up these books. They appeal to the voyeur in all of us and offer a tiny peek into our (sometimes scary, but always interesting) collective consciousness. You will be entertained for hours.
I have made some ATCs with found items - not old love notes (yet), but dirty labels: