"So I dumped out the bins and sorted the dross from the gold, always wondering who had assembled this collection, and why. Well, we know why: to light things with. But why so many of the same? Why save the standard-issue King Edward Relaxor matches? I’m glad they did; people like me are ever grateful of those who saved the commonplace items, because they fill in the details you never would otherwise know. We know how presidents look and how popular TV show themes sounded. But what did gum taste like? Was there something different about the taste of hamburgers? What did soap smell like? What sound was ubiquitous on city streets in 1947, and forgotten completely ten years later? We'll be able to answer these questions for our time, I think. But the past has lost its flesh; the past is a dancing skeleton."
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