In Flagrante Collecto

caught in the act of collecting

Marilynn Gelfman Karp

What do you do with your soap bars when they become too small to use? What happened to your mother’s clothespins? Did advertising blotters disappear with fountain pens? Have you ever had a drink out of a “Bottoms Up” glass? If you've ever lost a cuff link, what did you do with the one that remained?

In Flagrante Collecto explores and catalogues our impulse to acquire the incidental miscellanea of the past. From author Marilynn Gelfman Karp’s perspective, collecting is a calling, not a choice, and in this book she examines the impulse to acquire and its modus operandi, describing the essential reasons why anyone collects anything from gold coins to fingernail parings.

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