A Dog and a Catalog

If Noel's insane new piano isn't enough to convince you we've kind of lost our minds here, this is my latest acquisition:

Holy Names card catalog

It's a card catalog, in pretty much original condition, from Holy Names University in Oakland (via a former faculty member, who sold it to me). The classic mid-century modern style is much like the card catalogs in the library where my parents work. It's a stand-alone piece of furniture, which is nice; most card catalogs were built-in cabinetry, and many of them have been chopped into smaller pieces.

The very sad dog is confused at being asked to model. You'd think I'd tried to kill her or clean her ears or something.

The real insanity of this is how heavy it is. About 300 lbs, easily. Noel and our neighbor Richard heaved it out of the seller's second-story apartment and into the truck, then Noel apparently bribed half the neighborhood with homebrew to get it out of the truck this afternoon while I was out with friends.

Now I need to get my hands on some unused cards. I'm guessing they're still making those, out of sheer inertia if nothing else. Because we haven't been calling the back parlour the library for no reason.

posted by ayse on 02/03/13