[Greek Coffee Cup, 1960s; from the NY Times site]
An artichoke and an elevator. A Checker taxicab and a conductor’s baton. A MetroCard and a mastodon tusk.
Inspired by “A History of the World in 100 Objects,” the British Museum’s BBC radio series and book, the NY Times recruited historians and museum curators to identify 50 objects that could embody the narrative of New York.
Perhaps coincidently (perhaps not), the same issue also contains this article about the value of souvenirs (although readers of Material World might want to defend the term “stuff” from its headline-writing detractors, as the author herself goes on to do).