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Film Archives

Mark Stutsman has a thing for filing cabinets. When he sees them at picking spots and markets, he can’t help but examine and purchase them — which explains how he came across one particular cabinet in his store, located at 2201 N. Kentucky Ave.

“Any time I see something like [an older filing cabinet], I have to snag it,” he says. “When I saw these, I knew I had to have them. When I was told it was the Courier and Press archives on microfilm, that sealed the deal.”

The Salvage Sculpture co-owner — along with partner Jamie Gish — picked up the two cabinets from a fellow picker in the fall of 2019. One of the cabinets was damaged, while the other remained in good working order, filled with microfilm that contains the archives of the Evansville Courier and Press newspaper. The 10 drawers on the cabinet each are filled with 60 cases of the film and date back as far as 1870, says Stutsman. He also has around four storage containers filled with film as well.

“I’ve had several people interested in it, but it’s a thing where what’s someone going to do with it?” says Stutsman. “So here it sits, and I don’t mind. It might eventually go home with me."

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