Art: Custodian of the Attic

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When people lived in houses, not apartments, they generally had attics. Their purpose: a storage place for things so dear to their owners' hearts that they couldn't be thrown away. In time, these has-beens turned (some of them) to heirlooms. This is the case for attics.

A civilization's attics are its museums. Here yesterday's knickknacks are squirreled away, in the somewhat less haphazard hope that some of them will turn to treasure. The custodians of civilization's attics must be knowledgeable men, able to tell a hawk from a handsaw, for their yesterday...

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