|photo by Elisa Wike Hurley|
for a short time as an undergrad I smoked a pipe -- mostly in my room at Stopher Hall. in my drinking days a handful of cigarets. & that one time a cigar. those instances aside I identify as a non-smoker.
but I am a collector & documentarian of my times. so in those days when so many restaurants & hotels displayd heaps of matchbooks for the taking I took.
like so many others I put them in a large glass container. when that filld I startd a second jar. fear of fire causd me to remove the actual matches -- which I suppose is anathma to true collectors in the field. but I was collecting memories more than artifacts.
I've announcd my intentions to downsize & that I'm thinking of the whole project as a piece of mail art. but as I approach such a daunting task I keep getting ideas for smaller projects within that grand one.
so I dumpd the containers which I discoverd held nearly 500 items dating back to at least 1967. I pickd a handful of favorites which I'll keep in the glass stein someone gave my father for a birthday. soon I'll start mailing out the others.
|photo by E W H|