My cousin Hazel saved what most people would not. Because they already read it, because it was broken, because it was old, because it was an ordinary oatmeal box.
A known rule of thumb among antique-buffs is that expensive old stuff survives better than cheap old stuff. Explaining why there are more Tiffany lamps surviving into the 21st century than there are genuine brooder house lamps. As also explains why a Rolls Royce goes to the scrap yard with more reluctance than a Chevrolet Chevette.
What started this appreciation of collectors and collecting was when my wife and I moved into our Cousin Hazel’s house. She had been our neighbor for the thousand years previous and as luck and grace provides, we bought her house.