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Steve Stack's 21st Century Dodos: A Collection of Endangered Objects (and PDF

By Steve Stack

ISBN-10: 1906321736

ISBN-13: 9781906321734

A fond farewell to the numerous inanimate gadgets, cultural icons and common stuff round us that locate themselves at the verge of exctinction.

There are many millions of endangered species on this planet. if you happen to comprise animals, bugs and vegetation then approximately three species develop into extinct each hour of each day. That's nearly 27,000 a yr. each the sort of is, after all, a tragedy yet, let's be sincere, we haven't relatively spotted. while the final Bolivian centipede pops his hundred clogs it truly is unhappy yet makes bugger all distinction to our day-by-day lives. So this booklet isn't approximately them. Steve Stack in its place investigates the numerous inanimate items, the unsung cultural icons of society, which don't characteristic on any endangered record, don't have humans elevating funds on road corners on their behalf, don't characteristic in documentaries narrated through David Attenborough, yet are only as prone to turn into extinct. Many have already got. Coke can ring pulls, phone containers, VHS, cassette tapes, village publish places of work, the attempt card, hand-written letters, Spangles, vintage small screen television advertisements of yesteryear, Whizzer & Chips - all of those and lots of many extra are bid a fond farewell during this affectionate, yet a little irreverent tribute.

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