1

The Act of Collecting

2

The Object’s Voice

3

Whoops, It Broke

4

The Better Mousetrap

5

Plumb Wore Out

6

Taste Changed

7

Owners Lost Faith

8

Owners Lost Interest

9

Owners Grew Up

10

nobody cared

11

Got Lost

12

Part of Something Bigger

13

Used Up

14

Better in the Afterlife

15

A Bad Idea in the First Place

16

Never Made Enough

17

Provisional Utility

18

Made for One Use Only

19

Unintended Survivors

20

Mental Collections

21

So What’s Left?

22

Just in Time

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chapter 3

Whoops, It Broke

Wishbones Glass Christmas Tree Ornaments Figural Glass Candy Containers Poignant Repairs

Tank candy container, 1944. Glass and candy pellets, 2" high. Victory Glass Company, Jeanette, Pennsylvania, USA

Whoops, It Broke considers those functional objects that were delicate vehicles in the service of a use, most of which did not survive. Common objects of everyday use were expected to break and were routinely discarded. This chapter is about collections of things that broke in the normal course of their utility and were replaced by different models (ex: glass Christmas tree ornaments, Dead Sea pots, Jeep glass candy containers) or they were refashioned into high art (ex: poignant repairs).