Discover the Past with Curated "Junk"
The Junk History exhibit in the California Room proves that one person's "junk" can be another person's treasure.
Curated by Hope Berschler, a library volunteer and longtime collector of "junk", this exhibit highlights six San Jose businesses from the 20th century, and includes such items as matchbooks, postcards, and advertisements that provide a window into the city's past.
Artifacts from 6 Local Businesses
Featured businesses include the following:
- 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant
- Bianchi's Department Store
- California Paste Company
- Futurama Bowl
- Monarch Match Company
- San Remo's Happiness House
The exhibit offers insight into these businesses and related topics, including mid-century Googie architecture, the rise and fall of the United States match industry, and a famous WWI fighter unit.
Exhibit Available Through May 16, 2023
And take a closer look what’s in your junk drawer– you never know what treasures you'll uncover!