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Small Moments of Joy

October 17th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Earlier today, I was out poking around a DC vintage clothing shop, where I found a jacket I really liked—tuxedo style with satiny black lapels and covered in dark blue floral print.  I picked it up, and the shortly thereafter realized I was late to an event for which (having forgotten about it) I was underdressed. So, trying to meet decorum halfway, I throw this newly acquired jacket on in the cab on the way there. And as I’m tossing my phone in the breast-pocket, I realize there’s a brittle piece of folded paper in there.

It’s a contract for “CHARLES SHERMAN @ THE SWINGSTERS” (let’s call that an ampersand) to “PROVIDE MUSIC” for “Delta, Pa. V.F.W. Post” on Feburary 19, 1972, from 9 PM to 1 AM, “FOR THE AMOUNT OF $105.00”.  A handwritten note at the bottom of the contract notes that the event was “Snowed out” and rescheduled for June 3, 1972.

For no good reason at all, this brings me enormous pleasure.  I may have to frame it.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Daniel // Oct 17, 2008 at 7:50 am

    Where was this store? I’ve been looking for a good vintage shop.

  • 2 Julian Sanchez // Oct 17, 2008 at 10:49 am

    Meeps in AM

  • 3 Liz // Oct 17, 2008 at 11:19 am

    Last week, I found a record album (like a photo album but for records) full of 1920s waltzes and foxtrots on phonographs. In perfect condition. For $2.50. I probably will never find any way to play them, but it made me happy nonetheless.

  • 4 Julian Sanchez // Oct 17, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    I have a turntable…

  • 5 ron // Oct 17, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    oh you hipsters!

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