Having a bit of a clear out. Rummaging through draws and opening old biscuit tins. Found an old tin which had originally held a little bottle of Jack Daniels. A present I’d received a long time ago in America. These days it contains old reels of cotton, needles and a small pair of scissors. Strangely it also contains a small china rabbit, a tiny plastic horse, a badge supporting Hackney Ambulance workers and a button emblazoned with the words “GREAT SEAL OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA 1907“. I think the badge is from a London ambulance worker strike, the little horse looks like it came from a cracker but the rabbit and button must have belonged to my parents or grandparents.
Surprising the ephemera that we carry down the years. I think there’s a metaphor in their somewhere.