Some of you know I glean lots of collage supplies from the discards at a nearby auction house. I frequently stuff things in my bag just to look at them closely when I get home... better grab it now and discard later than lose it to another picker!
So last week I grabbed someone's school record book with photos, grade cards, etc. (the pockets attracted me as well as the old photos) and a hardcover baby care book that had some writing inside.
Got them home and discovered locks of hair in the big book, no, not baby locks, long curls... did some research on the name, and found that the girl didn't make it past high school, died in 1979. Found her name mentioned in her mother's (recent) obituary. I'm guessing the family (local) cleaned out her mom's stuff and threw all this out.
So... I was thinking of making some ATCs or something similar from all this stuff, and sending them out to people on this site, but I don't want to creep anyone out. My idea is that this girl didn't really travel at all in her life, so I would sort of extend her memory by making art and mailing it out.
At the same time, having this stuff around is sort of weird, and if I don't use it for something, I'm not comfortable throwing it out, even though that's exactly what her family did.
Your thoughts are welcome....