Today is my birthday, so I’m just going to enjoy a little cake photo I found at Swap-O-Rama a while back - part of someone’s collection of personal items that were dumped in a cardboard box. From 1973, a few years after I was born.

Today is my birthday, so I’m just going to enjoy a little cake photo I found at Swap-O-Rama a while back - part of someone’s collection of personal items that were dumped in a cardboard box. From 1973, a few years after I was born.

An undated photo, found in the garbage behind my Humboldt Park apartment in Chicago about 10 years ago, of a particularly anthropomorphic buffet on a cruise ship.

An undated photo, found in the garbage behind my Humboldt Park apartment in Chicago about 10 years ago, of a particularly anthropomorphic buffet on a cruise ship.

An April 1973 photo of two unidentified kids spinning 45s, from a photo album I purchased at Swap-O-Rama in Chicago about ten years ago.

An April 1973 photo of two unidentified kids spinning 45s, from a photo album I purchased at Swap-O-Rama in Chicago about ten years ago.

Summer fun! An undated photo of an unidentified woman eating corn, from a photo album I purchased at Swap-O-Rama in Chicago about ten years ago.

Summer fun! An undated photo of an unidentified woman eating corn, from a photo album I purchased at Swap-O-Rama in Chicago about ten years ago.

A found photo of a soldier gripping a pair of hamsters. Undated but picked up at Swap-O-Rama in Chicago in the same box that yielded many other photos from the late 1960s and early 1970s.

A found photo of a soldier gripping a pair of hamsters. Undated but picked up at Swap-O-Rama in Chicago in the same box that yielded many other photos from the late 1960s and early 1970s.

This was found in a trove of personal photos that I acquired at Swap-O-Rama in Chicago and began posting at the end of April of this year. Seeing this on the top of the pile led me to buy an entire box of someone’s life but none of the other photos were quite as amazing as this one. No date but probably from the late 1960s or early 1970s based on other photos that were with it. More than anything, I want to hear this photograph and then buy it on vinyl. Whatever sounds could possibly be coming from this situation, they have got to be gnarly, freaked out, and more than a little drunk.  If you are this person and this and other photos and papers somehow got away from you, please contact me. More found photos on Public Collectors here.

This was found in a trove of personal photos that I acquired at Swap-O-Rama in Chicago and began posting at the end of April of this year. Seeing this on the top of the pile led me to buy an entire box of someone’s life but none of the other photos were quite as amazing as this one. No date but probably from the late 1960s or early 1970s based on other photos that were with it. More than anything, I want to hear this photograph and then buy it on vinyl. Whatever sounds could possibly be coming from this situation, they have got to be gnarly, freaked out, and more than a little drunk.  If you are this person and this and other photos and papers somehow got away from you, please contact me. More found photos on Public Collectors here.

A photo dated February, 1970 that must have been taken at a science fair. Make no mistake: if I ever start a band, that band will be named The Metabolistic Cockroaches. From a trove of personal photos that I acquired at Swap-O-Rama in Chicago and began posting at the end of April of this year. More found photos on Public Collectors here.

A photo dated February, 1970 that must have been taken at a science fair. Make no mistake: if I ever start a band, that band will be named The Metabolistic Cockroaches. From a trove of personal photos that I acquired at Swap-O-Rama in Chicago and began posting at the end of April of this year. More found photos on Public Collectors here.

A June, 1973 photo from a large collection that I picked up at a flea market last month.

A June, 1973 photo from a large collection that I picked up at a flea market last month.

A 1973 photo from a large collection that I picked up at a flea market last month.

A 1973 photo from a large collection that I picked up at a flea market last month.

A June, 1973 photo of the not-so-old lady who lived in a shoe, from a large collection of family photos I picked up at a flea market last month.

A June, 1973 photo of the not-so-old lady who lived in a shoe, from a large collection of family photos I picked up at a flea market last month.

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An undated envelope from Kodak, found in a large collection of family photos I picked up at a flea market last month.

An undated envelope from Kodak, found in a large collection of family photos I picked up at a flea market last month.

An undated photo of a cat, from a large collection of family photos I picked up at a flea market last month.

An undated photo of a cat, from a large collection of family photos I picked up at a flea market last month.

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An undated photo of a cat, from a large collection of family photos I picked up at a flea market last month.

An undated photo of a cat, from a large collection of family photos I picked up at a flea market last month.

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A photo of a 1971 appearance by Ronald McDonald, likely from the Palatine, Illinois area. From a large collection of family photos I picked up last month.

A photo of a 1971 appearance by Ronald McDonald, likely from the Palatine, Illinois area. From a large collection of family photos I picked up last month.

An undated photo (circa late 1970s) found in Chicago.

An undated photo (circa late 1970s) found in Chicago.

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