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Intimate Spaces: The Archaeology of Pockets


I found this to be a very interesting article which led me to many different pages on the same topic. An enjoyable diversion!

Archaeology and Material Culture

tlc0070 The contents of Abraham Lincoln’s pockets when he was assassinated at Ford’s Theatre in April, 1865 (Library of Congress).

On April 14, 1865 Abraham Lincoln went to the theatre for the evening, a night that would end in his murder and death the following morning.  Lincoln’s pockets contained a handful of prosaic and idiosyncratic things:  two pairs of eye glasses, a lens polisher, a pocket knife, a watch fob, a handkerchief, and a brown leather wallet containing a Confederate banknote and nine newspaper clippings.   The things in Lincoln’s pockets were perhaps a chance assemblage, like the $62.00 and a plane ticket in Kurt Cobain’s pocket when he died in April, 1994.  Those scatters of things in Lincoln and Cobain’s pockets occupied perhaps the most intimate of all clothing spaces that we generally reserve for our most essential and meaningful things.  We tend to see pockets as harboring a special…

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One comment on “Intimate Spaces: The Archaeology of Pockets

  1. Dewin Nefol
    April 22, 2015

    Hey Ann,

    Thank you for presenting a fascinating read on your enjoyable and heart-warming Blog. I found this article of particular relevance given the connection to my wallet comment on Behind the White Coat. (Your comment brought a grin) It is indeed a curious thing to consider the manner in which we extend and distil aspects of ourselves and our life into such small and secretive places, and why for the most part we find a need to do this? I think I shall carefully consider the items often in my personal possession in a whole new light from now on.

    A very interesting and inspiring article, thank you for sharing.

    Namaste Ann,

    DN – 22/04/2015

    Liked by 1 person

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