I was at an estate sale this weekend and found some medium-good boring postcards. They weren't marked -- estate sale faux pas, in my humble opinion -- but when I ran down the owner he carefully counted them up before announcing they were $2.00 apiece. $2.00 apiece! You know what Michael5000 does when you try to sell him old postcards for $2.00 apiece? HE LAUGHS IN YOUR FACE, that's what! Albeit civilly.
Oddly, the guy let go of this 1941 map, which you could probably squeeze ten or twenty bucks from in the right situation, for a measly dollar!
It's not quite like anything else in my vintage map collection! It's not a road map so much as a page from the old Rand McNally Commercial atlases, folded up inside a booklet along with an exhaustive gazetteer. Just the thing for the travelling businessman who visits a lot of obscure rural communities, in 1941.
For my money ($1.00, that is), the best part is this little blurb for the company's world atlases:
Hey, Pop! "Where are the Azores?" the ad text asks. "Where are Pieping, Suez, Istanbul?" I mean, really? When you think about it? This is heady existential stuff.
Meanwhile, in a nearby Free Box, I found this perfectly unremarkable 2002 map of Seattle, which will be a modest improvement on the 1999 map of Seattle that has been in my truck's glove compartment.
Speaking of Free Boxes, today we're taking this cherished City of Roses tradition online with the first edition of:
The CASTLE5000 FREE BOX
Here are some items that we, the 5000s, are finished with and ready to divest of. Want 'em? As a member of the L&TM5K community, you get first dibs! First come first serve! Postage paid by us where reasonable!
- An old-school military-style duffel bag, olive drab.
- The two quilting hoops that no one wanted when I mentioned them here.
- CD: Lalo, Symphonie espagnole. Anne-Sophie Mutter, soloist. EMI Classics.
- CD: Mary-Chapin Carpenter, Come On Come On.
- CD: Camera Obscura, Underachievers Please Try Harder, not exactly a store-bought copy.
- CD: John Mayer, Room for Squares
- CD: Russian Folk Songs. The Patriarchal Choir of Moscow. Naxos.
- CD: U2, All That You Can't Leave Behind.
- CD: Professor Longhair, Crawfish Fiesta. Caveat Emptor: his hair is actually not especially long.
- CD: Britten, A Ceremony of Carols, Friday Afternoons, others. New London Children's Choir. Naxos.
- CD: Elgar, Violin Concerto. Nigel Kennedy, soloist. EMI Classics.
- Old-style "UO" logo enamel University of Oregon keychain.
- One of those little compasses you stick on your dashboard, with two ineffectual suction cups.
- One computer keyboard, still in box.
- Three (3) irons, all three of which leak water but which work just fine as non-steam irons.
- Nice poster-sized National Geographic map of the world, folded.
- The 1999 map of Seattle that has been in my glove compartment hitherto.
- Book: Peter Hoeg, Smilla's Sense of Snow. Hardback First Edition, excellent condition, not worth much. Caveat Emptor: this is one seriously disappointing book.
- Book: Octavia Butler, Kindred. Trade Paperback.
- Last but not least: Great Expectations (by Charles Dickens, duh), unabridged, on 13 cassettes. Awesome reading of an awesome book, and I bet you still have a tape player somewhere around the house, don't ya.
That's all for this time. Don't be shy! Everything must go!