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Portable Objects from Southeast Los Angeles

by Andrew Berardini
1 LighterAngeleno people, North AmericaPlastic, metalPrivate Collection   The lighter’s considerable wear and tear is an obvious sign of intense use. Often, as a result of continuous handling, the translucency of the lighter darkens over time and receives a deep, glossy patina through scratching associated with overuse. Lighters were frequently acquired at local locations by its original owner or as gifts to maintain harmonious family or kinship ties. As prized daily possessions, lighters... [more]
Posted by Andrew Berardini on 12/19/11
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