FOUND by Eric Schultheis in San Francisco, California
In 2003 I was collecting science fiction stories and books to vote on the Retro Hugo Award for best SF from 1953. I bought a bunch of 1953 dated science fiction magazines at Kayo Books in San Francisco. This photograph of the little girl posed on a crate reading a copy of Astounding Science Fiction fell out of one of the issues of Astounding. Careful inspection and research reveals that she is looking at the June 1947 issue of Astounding. There was no date or info on the photo aside from the number 340 stamped on the back as if from the photo processor.
So a friend was moving out of her flat, taking her books from the built in bookshelf with her. Her gay German flatmate was distressed. He didn’t have any books of his own, and the bookshelf would look sad sans books. So he did what any self-respecting semi-literate would do. He bought up several bulk boxes of random books on Trade Me (think eBay, my North American friends). One of the books that arrived was this. I wonder sometimes (amongst many other questions raised by this passive aggressive inscription), whether it actually made it onto the plane.
FOUND by Ludmila Janda in Asheville, North Carolina
My friend Elizabeth found this in a room she was cleaning at our college, Warren Wilson, right after a Girl Scout troupe had a meeting there. The girl just doesn’t understand! It is wonderful. I especially like the handwriting.