Category Archives: Collections of Artifacts

essays and collections of photos with a theme or intent behind the assortment –more a dossier or exhibit – not to be confused with snaps and notes

Items, assembled: Stationery (notebooks, typewriter ribbon, stamps, clips etc)

Assembled: notebooks, typewriter ribbon, paperclips, ink stamps, etc. – all critical-ish tools for a crafty-ish poet.

Items: stationery, typewriter ribbon (Swallow, made in England, red tin)
Items: stationery, typewriter ribbon (Swallow, made in England, red tin)
Items: stationery, paper clips ("Atom", brown box, trigonal contents - with rubber band)
Items: stationery, paper clips (“Atom”, brown box, trigonal contents – with rubber band)
Items: stationery, notebook (orange with clasp)
Items: stationery, notebook (orange with clasp)

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Items, assembled: Kerala (stationery, ephemera, oddments etc.)

Notebook, Beedies, Lighter, Orange, Banyan leaf: India, Items Assembled
Notebook, Beedies, Lighter, Orange, Banyan leaf: India, Items Assembled
Watercolour set: India, Items Assembled
Watercolour set: India, Items Assembled

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Ganja by the wheelbarrow load in Jamaica

Related: Humble Boys Hard Land Weed – Choogle On with Uncle Weed #123

from Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BhAh3hcF7ev/

Collection: Hitchhiking signs (variety, Japan)

Hitch-hiking signs from travels in Japan, 1993, created by copying street signs and maps, and drawn with crayon and marker in a school notebook or various papers (from 100 yen store).

Hitch-hiking signs, Japan: Kochi (ken/prefecture) with
Hitch-hiking signs, Japan: Kochi (ken/prefecture) with “O Kudsai” (humbly please)
Hitch-hiking signs, Japan: Kansai, Onegaishimasu (please-is)
Hitch-hiking signs, Japan: Kansai, with “Onegaishimasu” (humbly please)

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Items, assembled: Sanur (books, coffee)

Coffee in Sanur
Not shockingly, some fine coffee available in Sanur, Indonesia

I purchased some books and cards and other oddities at Hardy’s , Sanur, then went to the nearby café to review purchases – a varoety of poetry, fiction, non-fiction and reference about Bali and nearby Malay peninsula for the first part. Worked through some, some are intolerable. The “Indonesia and Not, Poems and Otherwise” is BY FAR the pick of the litter, really something special. 

stack em up, see what ya got
Always happy to see a quality espresso machine, ready for action
Indonesia and Not, Poems and Otherwise by Max Lane

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Collection: Hitch-hiking signs (variety, Europe)

Surviving artifacts from hitch-hiking around Germany and Netherlands, 1992, assembled and documented (there were many more). Annotations seem unnecessary but added nevertheless.

Hitch-hiking to Holland
Hitch-hiking to Holland (note: adding “bitte” German for please, adds a nice touch, as does the peace sign – obviously a school notebook with crayon
Heading to Landau, Germany
Heading to Landau, Germany (en route to Rhodt unter Reitburg) – again school notebook with crayon and peace sign

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Collection: Notebooks (variety, international) vol. 1

Collection: Variety of notebooks, 2014-2018
Collection: Variety of notebooks, 2014-2018
Notebook: Maritimes, 2017 / Tintin "le petit vingtiéme" cover
Notebook: Maritimes, 2017 / Tintin “le petit vingtiéme” cover

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Collection: Hitch-hiking signs (variety, North America)

Surviving artifacts from various hitch-hiking journeys around USA/ Canada, circa 1989-1994. Annotations as recollected. Note: many more of these signs existed but are lost to the world as ephemeral creations.

Take us to the White House - used from South Carolina northwards toward Rhode Island, Oct. 1990 (bad idea)
Take us to the White House – used from South Carolina northwards toward Rhode Island, Oct. 1990 (bad idea)
Heading to Salt Lake City from points unknown (possibly after Escalante Canyon flash flood hiking trip, 1988-9?)
Heading to Salt Lake City from points unknown (possibly after Escalante Canyon flash flood hiking trip, 1988-9?)

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Ceylon / Sri Lanka – Artifacts: Public Records, Ledgers, Books, Ephemera

Stack of Artifacts – Sri Lanka Books & Ledgers
Stack of Artifacts – Sri Lanka Books & Ledgers
Jaffna Municipal Consumer's Ledger – Sri Lanka Books & Ledgers
Jaffna Municipal Consumer’s Ledger – Sri Lanka Books & Ledgers
Brown & Company Limited 1 – Sri Lanka Books & Ledgers
Brown & Company Limited 1 – Sri Lanka Books & Ledgers

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Collection: Currency (variety, international), vol. 1

Oman: Rial (1, front)
Oman: Rial (1, front)

Once upon a time… humans moved away from bartering things and services on an ad hoc basis and came up with a default transaction medium which became known as money. First coins (well, maybe something before, likely made of clay) denominated by an arbitrary, yet commonly agreed-upon, value – often made of metals which were deemed to be rare/shiny/valuable.

Then after (perhaps admitting the arcane value of metals and needing something handier to tote around) eventually created paper bank notes – first with value attached to aforementioned shiny metals, then again arbitrarily assigned a transactional value by central banks and governments.

To me, this is neither here nor there, i really don’t have an opinion about the “importance” of money. Indeed, if you value such “wealth” so much, go forth and acquire in exchange for your time, talents or conniving – or simply create your own currency, print it and rally folks to desire it as a means of exchange. This is commonly done in form of community notes, “virtual” currencies (often managed by Blockchain tech), or even various commercial operations making notes, coupons or points systems.

Oman: Rial (1/2 Rial – back, 100 Baisa– front / back)

My point in sharing this is: Very often, these banknotes – both contemporary or deprecated – are lovely specimens of design art and printing technology (granted the reason is usually to thwart counterfeit versions polluting the general population’s trust in the monetary system). I very much enjoy the loveliness of printing “things on substrates” – the values to me are non-important (aside when i need to purchase eggs and bacon) but rather the artistic-ness and the totems decided by a society to represent their culture/country (often historical figures of various repute, significant events, important buildings or cultural motifs) are a source of endless curiosity. Additionally, the stories the bills imbue, often soaked quite literally into the fibres, as well as the journey the note took to your hand or pocket and/or the travel one undertook to acquire… are what sparks my interest.

As such, i gather these notes, photograph for the historical record and my own amusement and, evidently, to share with you.

India: Rupee (variety, front)
India: Rupee (20, 50, 100 –  front)

This is Volume One of several in an on-going series, this round featuring notes from SouthEast Asia, Indian Subcontinent, Arabia locales and possibly others.

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