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 6

Taste Changed

Naughty Nellies Pinup Ashtrays with Advertising Thread Color Charts Linoleum Sample Books Hairdresser Magazines Figural Matches Figural Toothpicks & Snuff Scoop Compendia Bookends Bubble Gum Indian Cards

Naughty Nellie, c. 1880. Hand-painted cast iron, 9 1/4" high. USA

Taste Changed addresses the disappearance of formerly desirable goods and the services they represented because taste changed and their forms became passé, no longer appealing to those who had used them (ex: linoleum sample books, figural toothpicks, hairdresser magazines, pin-up ashtrays with advertising, bookends, figural matches, Indian bubble gum cards, Naughty Nellies).