A personal archive rediscovered 42 years on

10:07 PM Posted by Elise Nuding
This NY Times video shares the finding of a wallet in the wall of a building 42 years after it was lost.
An interesting occurrence when thought about in the context of personal archives of photo albums and the 'time capsule' effect- the owner is confronted with a 'Pompeii' moment, with the wallet frozen in time, none of the pictures updated or credit cards changed.
The fact that the building is currently somewhat derelict increases the impact of the rediscovery and brings up the idea of trace- material fragments of previous histories. In this case they held enough information to link to a specific individual narrative- something often thought to be every archaeologist's dream.



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