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Among the eight million stories in the naked city…

found on the street in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago

From the inspirational (like the card above, and the note below)…

found on the street in Philadelphia (note: this page 6)

.. through the observational…

found in a gutter in Muncie, Indiana

… to the confessional…

found in the inside front cover of a Cook County (Chicago) Prison Library's discarded copy of Jean Genet's prison novel The Miracle of the Rose

…  Found Magazine collects them.

As we aim more carefully at the recycling bin, we might recall that it was on this date in 1930 that Richard Gurley Brown invented Scotch Tape.  Five years earlier, Brown had developed masking tape, which found an immediate market among painters.  Applying the same approach to clear cellophane tape, Brown created the patriarch of what’s become a family of over 900 tapes.

“Scotch” was a reference to thrift. And indeed, Brown’s naming– and his timing– were exquisitely effective for his employer 3M (or Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing, as then it was):  during the Depression, Scotch tape became a hugely-popular mend-all, allowing millions of users to repair ripped, torn, or broken items– books, window shades, toys, clothing, and even paper currency– rather than buy new ones.

Richard Brown  source: Invent Now

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