I found this as I was cleaning out a house after an estate sale. I’ve seen a couple of cool things at these but this is my favorite so far. On the back of the photo it reads “Thats the way the Krauts surrendered to us, as demonstrated by ‘Yank’ Dennison and ‘Kraut’ Thrueatt, Penn.& Alabama respectively.-(That thing was loaded!), Tangerhütte, Germany” They look pretty relaxed. After having the Germans surrender they must have had some free time.
My boyfriend and I found this tonight on the sidewalk outside a cool little gift shop, Silver in the City, on Massachusetts Avenue. I like that the author is equally distraught by Starbucks and the atomic bomb. And who could resist the twisted “Duck, Duck, Goose” imagery written on pretty floral paper?
I spent most of 2003 in Iraq covering the invasion for Harper’s Magazine and the CBC. I found this poster in the rubble of a Mukharbharat (Secret Police) training center in Baghdad, April 21, 2003. The Arabic text reads: “When interrogating a suspect, do not leave your gun, wallet, and I.D. card on the coffee table.” Ba’athist ideology in a nutshell.
At work one day, I was helping a mother select a computer desk for her son, who seemed to be about nine years old. He was still dressed in his basketball uniform, having come from a losing game, and was occupying himself with some stuff we had on the desk as I finished his Mom’s order. He was pretty quiet the whole time. After they left I found this business card, wrapped in scotch tape, that he left behind.