Church re-gifting sale

Church re-gifting sale
Church advertising
Image by Ed Yourdon
On the northeast corner of Broadway and 93rd Street, I saw an interesting sign on a church door. I’m not exactly sure what a "re-gifting sale" is, and I didn’t have the patience to enter the church and find out (maybe tomorrow). But I suspect it’s a way to encourage people to combine charity with a convenient way to get rid of all those unwanted Christmas presents that normally pile up…

Note: this photo was published in an undated (late July 2010) blog titled "Senior Citizen Discounts: חοt Advertised, Still Worth Considering." And it was published in a Dec 17, 2010 blog titled "Senior Citizen Discounts: Church re-gifting sale." It was also published in a Dec 27, 2010 blog titled "Återanvänd julklapparna."

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These are photos that I began taking in mid-December of 2008, after the government helpfully informed us that the recession (a word they had dared not use before, just as they refuse to use the word "depression" now) has actually been in effect since December 2007.

Having lived through roughly half a dozen previous recessions, with nothing but vague memories to mark their existence, I thought it would be useful to start gathering some photographic memories of the current one. It may or may not turn out to be as severe as the Great Depression of the 1930’s, and it may or may not produce the kind of grim photographs that we have of that era … but we won’t really know until it’s over, and our 20-20 hindsight might be better informed with some pictures.

Thus far, I have only a few pictures of signs showing steep discounts; these are interesting, but it’s the "human story" that I think will tell the more important story. Thus far, I’ve noticed an increase in the number of homeless peoplehe street, asking for money, food, and handouts; but I have no direct evidence that it’s associated with the recession itself. In any case, I’m reluctant to take advantage of such people by taking casual photos of them; I’m sure more appropriate opportunities will present themselves, and I’ll add them to the album as I find them…