The carefree, prerecycling days of the 1970s provided curbside nirvana for a young garbage picker such as myself. On a weekly basis, any number of perfectly good things were available if you could manage to beat your nemesis, the garbage man. The primary focus of my foraging was always old car magazines. At a time of malaise in the auto industry, there was nothing exciting to read about in contemporary rags. So a good old Tom McCahill road test or vintage issue of Road & Track was garbage-pile gold.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2019/01/16/esquires-1972-predictions-for-instant-classics