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Past Objects Hardcover – July 15, 2010

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Scott Jordan has been digging for buried treasure in New York City since 1969. He lives in the Queens neighborhood of Astoria, New York, and can be found every Sunday at the GreenFlea Market on Columbus Avenue.
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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Mark Batty Publisher; First Edition edition (July 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098207543X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982075432
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,744,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scott Jordan is a man obsessed with the past. Not in a bad way, as in living in a place that is not the present, but in his fascination for relics of history. Jordan is not an archeologist in the classical sense of the term: his travels do not include Egypt or the Inca/Mayan temples or the unknown stretches of China. His source for exploration is New York City and for over twenty years he has been scraping through the landfills, the coal ash, the privies and cisterns where he finds all manner of elements that extend back a couple of centuries or a couple of years - so fast is our urgent need to tear down and build up that places from the early part of the 20th century are now sites for digs before the new buildings take over.

This book includes words from Jordan about his preoccupation with digs and the manner in which he began his hobby. it is also a treasure trove of photographs by J.K. Putnam of the things found - animal skulls, implements from the colonial era such as cannonballs, spoons buttons and shoes, bottles for any number of contents, ceramics from dishes to dolls to pipes, leather, wood, ivory, metal, and even art. Jordan interrupts the flow of pictures with tales of a near fatal collapse of a clay cliff, with comments about certain of his finds - all information that adds to the pleasure of retracing history.

This is an art book, and homage to a collector gone wild, and a fascinating peek into the treasures that lie beneath our streets, buildings and parks almost anywhere in this country - or this world! Grady Harp, November 10
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My Study is littered with items I have found beach combing, hiking, scrounging and even a low-cost purchase or two. I often find beauty in old discarded items (known as "smalls" in the antique world). This is the theme of "Found Objects". Scott Jordan has dedicated his life to finding and restoring old household artifacts and relics. This photo rich book is beautiful and a colorful display of what can be found in this world and how the old becomes new again. These found objects are fascinating and beautiful. However, the real power of this book is its testimony to the joy and power of being interested in our world. Passion and curiosity can mean the difference between a mundane existence and living a joyful life. My only suggestion for improvement is that I would have liked to read more about Scott's adventures; perhaps he will write a companion book that expands on his adventures, the people he meets who both support his efforts and stood in his way. Reading this book has me now looking around for opportunity to be a Shovel Bum!
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I am a native New Yorker with a love of my city's history and the stuff Scott has dug up is fascinating. I purchased a necklace for my mother from his shop which was made of a shard of a pot dug out of a privy well on the block we lived on when I was a child. If you like this sort of thing you should definitely visit his shop in the Market on Bleecker Street.
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A wonderful glimpse of NY, especially if ancient, found objects are something you find fascinating. Scott Jordan is an explorer of the ground. He also make beautiful art if you're ever lucky enough to catch him at a Christmas market in December.
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A quirky little book from a dedicated collector who helped save the past from destruction
My brother a fellow bottle collector just raved about it
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