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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

What? No cedar outhouse bank?

Posted By on Wed, Nov 18, 2009 at 6:11 AM

Matt Gross, who writes the Frugal Traveler blog for the New York Times, recounts some of his travel souvenirs, including a Ping Pong ball gun picked up at an Arkansas convenience store.

It’s carved wood, and uses a rubber band and clothespin as a firing mechanism. “Arkansas: The Natural State” is etched into one side; on the other is a man on horseback. I found this weird bit of Americana not at an official souvenir shop but at a generic highway convenience store, on a lower shelf off in a corner. To me it symbolizes an old, improvised America, a fast-disappearing place where some old coot’s handiwork still manages to make its way into the local store, with quirks and imperfections intact.

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