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Not how we store information anymore

September 12, 2011
filing cabinet in trash

Filing cabinet in trash. Condition: perfect.

This was not a cheap piece of office equipment.  It was built for storing important information: heavy steel with fireproof sides, ball-bearing drawers, precision latches, nicely-machined handles.  In perfect condition.  Made by the General Fireproofing Company in Youngstown, Ohio.

Discarded. As is, unfortunately, the building where this cabinet was probably made.  The company apparently went bankrupt in 1989. Looking at the pictures it’s easy to imagine the factory full of noise and life, people earning a living making quality products that filled offices across the country. They even made aircraft parts during WWII.

Hope the church is making regular off-site backup copies of whatever database replaced this thing…

File cabinet

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