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

About the Author

From the Author

From the field

From You

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chapter 18

Made for One Use Only

Fruit Crate Labels Cigar Rings & Labels Tobacco Tags Bakeable Cake Charms Pictorial Seed Packets Civil War Propaganda Envelopes

Group of cigar bands featuring portraits of presidents of the United States, 1882-1909. Embossed printed paper with gold leaf, each 1 1/4" high. USA

Made for One Use Only reflects upon objects that were tailor-made for a specific sole use after which they could not be reused (ex: fruit crate labels, cigar rings & labels, tobacco tags, bakeable cake charms, pictorial seed packets, Civil War propaganda envelopes).