These Strange Midwestern People

I found this on the sidewalk by the Nelson Atkins Art Museum. I can’t help but wonder what specifically is so strange about Midwestern people – it remains a mystery to me.

Cardinal Knot Hole Gang

A couple years ago, while painting the inside of a closet in her home, my mom’s brush ran into something stuck between the slats in the closet wall… she pulled out a child’s wallet from the 1940′s belonging to a boy named Ken Bock or Ken Bouk. I did some digging early on to try … Continued

Robot Deity

The robots deserve some saving.

I’m Gone Make Him Cry

Mackenzie found this on the Metro train after a Cardinals game. The front looks like innocent schoolwork; the back belies the glorification of violence in our youth.

It Always Feels Better Once It’s Done

I found this postcard in 2000, and have had it on my bulletin board ever since. The note was written to a Memphis woman from an address in Missouri back in 1957. I guess they’d had enough.

Dear Nathan

I found this in a pile of cards in a suburb of St. Louis.

Bathroom Break?

When I got back to work after my vacation, this note was waiting in the ladies’ room, on the door of the middle stall (this toilet does have a weak flush). My friend told me it had been up for a while and she thought her manager had put it up (from the handwriting). I … Continued

DON’T THINK TOO MUCH, JUST PLAY

Found this while browsing at a used book fair. Wish I could remember the name of the book it was hiding inside, but I didn’t want to buy the book, so I put it back, but kept the note (score!). It’s a sweet note from a mom to her kid, a sort of pep talk … Continued

Mysterious Photo

I found this at work (an office store that has a copy center) just sitting on one of the display furniture chairs. I took black and white photography in high school and college, and this looks like someone actually developed it themselves in a darkroom. I was trying to think of how they did it … Continued