Monthly Archives: December 2011

Like a Hallmark Card from on High

This came from a client’s home in Newton. It has pressed flowers in it, and the kind of gold lettering that’s usually reserved for labeling mailboxes. When I first saw it, I thought it meant, “Happy birthday, Jesus!” But then … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Religious Art | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Tongs for Nothing, Part II

Here is another pair of mystery tongs. They’re stainless steel, much shinier than they appear in this lame-ass photo, and actually kind of pretty, almost an art object. They came from Newton (a different client than the last post). The … Continue reading

Posted in Kitchenware, What Is It? | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment


This delightful creature turned up in Newton, in a client’s basement. I said, “Hey, I’d like to shoot that for my blog,” and the client said, “I’ll do you one better than that; you can have it.” I protested weakly, … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Chatchkes, Utterly Useless Things | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

More Useless Labels!

These photos were submitted by “a friend who prefers not to be identified.”┬áThere is a hint in the label of the first one, as the box contains collectible playing cards. The most amusing part about this box is my impression … Continue reading

Posted in Organizing Attempts, Uncategorized, Utterly Useless Things | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment