The inside cover features a sepia-toned photo of architectural ruins in Rome—Foro e Colonna Traiana. This photo is overlaid over text from a pulp magazine story that lines the rest of the inside book cover. Attached to the top left of the cover is a matchbox collaged with a color photo of a living room from a 1960s home decoration book. Inside the matchbox is a set of thirteen “Pussy Cat” cards backed with collages of color illustrations depicting an assortment of people engaged in a variety of activities ranging from sitting on a park bench to conducting arctic weather experiments to sitting in a prison cell. The frame is covered with a black-and-white photo of a forest scene with a woman and two children beside a stream at the bottom of the frame. Inside the main section of the frame is a black-and-white reproduction of a painting of Albert of Brandenburg depicted as St. Jerome in his study with animals surrounding him. To either side are color photos of remnants left at the Scott polar expedition camp. A pale yellow plastic figure with his arm stretched out, resting on a platform of red-and-black cloth, holds a goat medallion. Attached to the top of the figure’s hand is a bootlace that is looped through a watchband buckle at the top of the compartment and travels down to attach to a green plastic box at the bottom. This green box is removable from its snug compartment and contains a small piece of driftwood, a weathered bone, and a sample of black mica. Hidden by the green box, at the bottom of this compartment, is a clipping of text showing an example of a double negative statement.
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Book cover used for this piece: The Social Spirit in America by C. R. Henderson