We live in an astonishingly disposable society, and one that's rapidly going digital to boot, making actual objects even more transitory. This week's E3 reveals will one day be historical relics… for the few examples that survive beyond, say, a decade or two. Still, some objects do survive through history. What's the oldest thing you own?
Photo: Moyan Brenn
I remember being blown away as a teenager by the fact that my father owned a medieval French manuscript. I mean, he was a French lecturer, so it wasn't that surprising, but it was more the sense of history that you get from a document like that. At some point, hundreds of years ago, somebody sat down and wrote it down, and it's survived until today. Objects can have a curious history like that, and it got me thinking.
I don't have much old "stuff", and with my retro gaming habits rather well known, my first inclination was to say that perhaps the oldest thing I own (aside from myself) would be Atari 2600 carts, but then I remembered books. I've got a few interesting tomes that date back to the early part of the twentieth century, but nothing older; generally books I acquired when I was a university student, or a few comical works.
What about you. What's the oldest thing you own, and why do you still own it?