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Dumpster in a bag pt. 2


I first wrote of the dumpster in a bag a couple weeks ago when it produced a cool vintage intelligence test. I’ve returned a couple times since then and found some other neat stuff.

This Orangina “can camera” was one of a few different Orangina promotional items I found here. Can cameras were used a lot in late 1970s – early 1980s advertising and were apparently very awkward to actually take photos with. It might have a bit of value to a collector.

Some Walkmans are worth pretty good money, believe it or not. For example, the Sony F1 Walkman I found here has sold for over 100$ on eBay. However, it’s not as valuable as some of the ridiculously nice (or just very collectible) models that have gone for over 1000$. I hope I can find one of those!

Inside the F1 is a cassette featuring Martha Reeves and the Vandellas.

This is a mezuzah case. The mezuzah is a prayer that is affixed to the doorframe in Jewish homes. I’ve seen a few of these before but this is my favourite of the bunch design wise. I may have photographed it upside down – if I did my apologies!

I also found a Yashica 50 Super8 camera.

It’s not worth much but it makes for cool yard sale material.

My favourite find though was a small collection of slides, camera film, and Super 8 film. Some of it might be interesting from an archival perspective. For instance, one film was processed in 1968 and titled “CDNs hockey parade,” referring almost certainly to the parade celebrating the Montreal Canadiens 1968 Stanley Cup win. I looked on Youtube and couldn’t find any similar videos so it could be especially interesting to get it digitized.

There’s also a roll of film labelled “Expo 67.” A lot of people (particularly those in the Expo 67 Facebook group) like looking at these old photos and reminiscing about that great time in Montreal’s past. They definitely enjoyed the large album I found way back when and the master plan I found relatively recently. I’m sure they’ll enjoy these too – just by looking at the negatives I can tell they’re nice shots.

I’m familiar with a local archive that works to preserve these kinds of things. I’ll try to get this stuff (particularly the ones I singled out) digitized and if they’re cool I’ll share them here!

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