Working in a library, we often find personal items left in books. Today, when one of my coworkers opened a picture book up to repair it, this came fluttering out. We were able to determine that the words that are scratched out were “To cheer you up.” We wondered what made her edit that particular phrase out and of course what happened with the perfume.
I purchased a bag of blank journals from a local thrift store. There was a little notebook tucked inside with a cute little elephant watermark on the pages. I flipped throught it and found this note about halfway through. I hope this father and daughter were able to work it out.
I was going to take the 2:20pm train from Richmond, CA, to Sacramento, CA, but I had just missed it. While waiting for the 3:48pm I found this picture face down on the tracks. Sometimes it not so bad to miss a train. Written on the back: “hey! i’m 1 & i got daddy confused about his age 2. ha ha ha 1/07.”
FOUND by Derrick Nelson in the Reading Room of the New York Public Library, Manhattan, New York City, New York
Found this casually discarded by itself on top of a bookshelf in the main reading room of the New York Public Library (the Stephen A. Schwarzman building to be specific). I am torn between thinking it’s sad that a mom couldn’t say this in person to her kids, it sounds like she abandoned them, and what kind of mom uses the formal expression, “thank you in advance for your understanding”? At the same time I think how cool it must be to have a mom that leaves you secret messages hidden throughout NYC.
This was found in a used book that my boyfriend was reading. It is a perfect seventies photo of what looks like a mom and her daughter. Mom has freshly done her lipstick and has the perfect sunglasses on while her daughter is enjoying the thrill of the photo. Finding this seventies shot in a book my boyfriend is reading is appropriate since I joke that his coming of age of the seventies is where he is stuck in reference to books and music.
When about to embark on a mini UK tour with my friend’s band, we were loading up our van and I found a strip of 3 images on 120 negative film. I’m a photographer with access to a decent scanner, so this is what I found.