Monday, April 30, 2007

Trashball Jumble

All recovered from defaulted storage unit on U St., NW, in Washington, DC. I think Mrs. Fulcher's catsup recipe could be the one I've been looking for.

Trashball in the News: New York Times

Quick! Read it before they lock it up behind their pay-per-view archive. And I must also say that I am much better looking than I appear in that picture—it looks like a cigar just blew up in my face. Dang.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Trashball 042607: Outburst of Looting

Cryptic note written on old Greenpeace biz card recovered on U St., NW, in Washington, DC. Is this some sort of clue?

Trashball 042607: Dammit Doll

Label recovered in an abandoned storage unit in Washington, DC, that was presumably affixed to an abused doll of some kind.

Trashball 042607: Damn You, Ermal Cleon Fraze!

According to this article, the beverage can pulltab was nearly completely replaced by the staytab by the early 1980s, yet I can't walk down the street without seeing one of these on the ground. The throw-away pull tab was invented in my hometown, Dayton, Ohio (known as the "Home of Invention"), in 1959 by Ermal Cleon Fraze, whose name simply dazzles.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Trashball 041407: If You Lived in Leningrad, You'd Be Home Now

1970s-era Soviet propaganda (in handy booklet form!). Recovered in tony Chevy Chase, MD, enclave of wealthy capitalists.

Trashball 041407: Something the Tooth Fairy Forgot

Two wisdom teeth recovered in Chevy Chase, MD. Gross and creepy to hold in hand. And look how long the roots are!

Trashball 041407: Happy Fly!

Circa 1975 Soviet airline passenger instruction manual. Recovered in Chevy Chase, MD.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Have You Always Wanted a Trashball, But Were Afraid to Ask?

Well, for those of you not in DC and therefore nowhere near a Trashball machine, you can now get your very own Trashballs. Send $6.00 via (click here) and I'll send you 5 randomly chosen Trashballs via 1st-class mail. This is for U.S. residents only. International coveters of Trashballs should email me first at chris [at] goodwinart [dot] com and we'll work something out.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Trashball 040707: Afrolicious

Very cool copyright-1970 Black Pride doll recovered in 16th St. Heights neighborhood in Washington, DC.

Trashball 040707: Who Doesn't Love Stockings?

And check out those eyelashes! Nice vintage pair of stockings recovered near Richmond, VA.

Trashball 040707: Doggie Bag

Man, when I was a kid, I used to LOVE it when the parents brought home a doggie bag from Old Hickory BBQ or the fancy King Cole restaurant in Dayton, Ohio. Why don't restaurants use these anymore? The styrene clamshell is BORING.

Recovered in Dayton.

Trashball in the News: BBC

Nice article featuring photos of a tubby Mr. Goodwin.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Trashball 040407: "You should have heard the screams..."

I have fond but dim memories of driving to Florida in the 1970s and staying in oceanfront motels, but I still want to take such a trip in the 1950s. Don't think it's going to happen except vicariously through cards like this. Click on image to read it.

Recovered in Hyattsville, MD.

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Trashball 040107: Motorway Accident

Bizzarely exposed snapshot marked August 1983 on back. Appears to be 2 cars and a bus on the left, and a red compact on the right, but they were clearly not in the same frame. Person in foreground is a ghostly apparition.

Recovered in Alexandria, VA.

Trashball 040107: Stovealicious

I dig me that stove. Cute kid. Circa 1955.
Recovered in Laurel, MD.

Trashball 040107: Dear Prospect

I have no idea who the recipient of this 1969 letter was, but I'm curious how life turned out for him. And were the Seattle Supersonics any good back then?
Recovered in Laurel, MD.

TREAT Now Serving Up Delicious Fashions

My wife and I finally launch our online store featuring her fashions today, and this ain't no April Fool's joke. Take a gander!