Saturday, September 08, 2007

Topeka, Kansas 1939 High School Graduation Announcement

Objects of minimal value seem to pop up repeatedly in eBay, once again proving the adage, one man's trash is another man's treasure. Value is largely determined by supply and demand, and while some items may be extremely rare, what if the market for the item simply doesn't exist?

Take this item, for instance, graduation announcements from a high school in 1939. A person who graduated from high school in 1939 would be close to a hundred years old. Given the average lifespan of most people, that would mean that the people most likely to benefit from this product would already have passed on by now. An average high school graduating class can number in the hundreds. The number of surviving alumni from Topeka, Kansas 1939?

If I had the spare time, I'd look it up. But, why do I have the distinct suspicion that this was a leftover item from a person's estate?

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