21st Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest The American Experience
Once-Important Junk

World War II ration books with assorted newspaper clippings and handwritten notes. These were discarded after the owner's death and found on their way to the trash. As more Americans age and pass away, an incalculable number of memories and life experiences disappear with them.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 06.2022
Date Uploaded: 11.2023
Photo Location: Breckenridge, Michigan, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS 7D
Copyright: © Nathan Laurenz