Among all the amazing things out there in the world, the smell of wet concrete after a thunderstorm and the whiff of old paper rank at the very top for me. Couple the latter with my love of old books, documents, and all sorts of arcane papyri and you’ve got yourself a literature lover. I’ll read everything. Heck, I’ll read anything, even your cereal box. So I was pleasantly surprised after I stumbled upon the ‘Found Paper’ community over on Reddit.

A community of just over 147k members, r/FoundPaper likes to keep it simple and does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s a community dedicated to documenting various pieces of paper found out in the wild. We’ve collected some of the best paper mementos as shared on the community for you to enjoy, dear Pandas, so remember to upvote your fave pics as you scroll down. Be sure to check out r/FoundPaper when you have the time and give them a follow if you like their stuff.

#1

Sad Find Today

Sad Find Today

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Grumble O'Pug
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1 month ago

Oh dear. So so sad.

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#2

Friend Of Mine Just Moved Into A New House. Took Off All The Heating Vents To Paint Them, And This Was Behind One Of Them

Friend Of Mine Just Moved Into A New House. Took Off All The Heating Vents To Paint Them, And This Was Behind One Of Them

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Aurelia!
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1 month ago

I want to find something like this in my house!!!

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#3

Death Warrant For My 10th Great Grandmother Susannah North Martin, Tried And Convicted At The Salem Witch Trials

Death Warrant For My 10th Great Grandmother Susannah North Martin, Tried And Convicted At The Salem Witch Trials

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Aurelia!
Community Member
1 month ago

my goodness.

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The r/FoundPaper subreddit celebrated its 7th birthday a few days ago, on April 30 (congratulations!), proving that communities thrive and survive based on the quality of the content they post. And the fact that the subreddit has had so many birthdays is proof enough that it’s got quality entertainment locked down tight.

One of the ‘Found Paper’ community’s greatest strengths is how streamlined and niche its interests are. Its second strength is that it actually encourages its members to get out of the house and start their own small adventures in order to have something to post.

#4

Good Advice For Everyone!

Good Advice For Everyone!

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Aurelia!
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1 month ago

awwww good advice from Gran

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#5

Found On A Collected Airplane Food Tray By Flight Attendant

Found On A Collected Airplane Food Tray By Flight Attendant

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Bardhi's Dad
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1 month ago

Looool

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#6

“Ain’t I A Peach? Ha, Ha” In A 1895 Bible

“Ain’t I A Peach? Ha, Ha” In A 1895 Bible

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Grumble O'Pug
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1 month ago

Love it!

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“Photographs of found pieces of PAPER(!) with writing on them. Look for paper, make every day a scavenger hunt. Appreciate the forgotten artifacts of everyday life. Share any paper that you found (on the ground, stuck in some bushes, or between cans of soup at the store for example) and you do not know who wrote it,” the subreddit’s moderators explain what their community is all about.

#7

Found Under Windshield

Found Under Windshield

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Grumble O'Pug
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1 month ago

Awww, so sweet.

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#8

My Mother-In-Law Found A Message In A Bottle Washed Up On The Beach This Weekend. East Coast

My Mother-In-Law Found A Message In A Bottle Washed Up On The Beach This Weekend. East Coast

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Kiara McGaw
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1 month ago

this actually made me cry

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#9

Found This Passive Aggressive Customer Service Letter From 1964 In My Garage

Found This Passive Aggressive Customer Service Letter From 1964 In My Garage

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Aurelia!
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1 month ago

R.E.Baliey INVENTED passive agressive by the looks of it

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“Love letters, doodles, interesting to-do or grocery lists, notes from the past—share your discovery with us!” the mods encourage book, paper, scavenger hunt, and adventure lovers to share their awesome finds with everyone else.

#10

Found On My Daily Walk —“Wow”

Found On My Daily Walk —“Wow”

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Susan Green
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1 month ago

Lol! I hope they found their kitters.

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#11

In The Library

In The Library

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Grumble O'Pug
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1 month ago

Cozy feelings

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#12

Found In A Couch Being Re-Upholstered

Found In A Couch Being Re-Upholstered

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Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
1 month ago

Love the handwriting!!!

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The moderators also highlight the fact that in order to post any photos, the paper has to be found and it has to be paper. No forgotten plastic from your garage. No granite engravings from your neighbors Tom and Jane’s farm (because you know exactly whom they belong to and, well, paper beats rock).

#13

Found In My Fortune Cookie....made Me Smile

Found In My Fortune Cookie....made Me Smile

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Susan Green
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1 month ago (edited)

This is the best!

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#14

Paper Found Among My Late Grandmother’s Belongings Talking About The Armistice Ending Ww I

Paper Found Among My Late Grandmother’s Belongings Talking About The Armistice Ending Ww I

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Susan Green
Community Member
1 month ago

What an incredible find!

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#15

"I Remember That Old Pole"

"I Remember That Old Pole"

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Bacony Cakes
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1 month ago

damn now i'm sad for a pole

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What’s more, the mods want everyone to be “courteous and friendly” toward one another, avoid being “overly annoying or bothersome,” embrace tolerance and sensitivity, as well as remove any and all sensitive personal info from the photos before posting them. Sounds simple enough and it’s the basis for the rules most larger subreddits follow. Disruptive, chaotic, and intolerant communities don’t tend to last for long on Reddit (unless they’re doing it on purpose for the sake of humor).

#16

Prom - April 24, 1970. Found While Walking The Dog This Morning

Prom - April 24, 1970. Found While Walking The Dog This Morning

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Crepitus
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1 month ago

Who- who is that behind them....?

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#17

Found (Under) Wallpaper

Found (Under) Wallpaper

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Aurelia!
Community Member
1 month ago

helpful, actually!

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#18

Was Told To Post Here: My Cousin Is Using This Bag Which Originally Belonged To Our Great Grandmother For Her Dance Tomorrow Night And Found A Note Which Has Been Hidden For 81 Years

Was Told To Post Here: My Cousin Is Using This Bag Which Originally Belonged To Our Great Grandmother For Her Dance Tomorrow Night And Found A Note Which Has Been Hidden For 81 Years

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Grumble O'Pug
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1 month ago

So far away! So beautiful!

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The Library of Congress explains that how quickly paper deteriorates depends on its quality and in what environment it’s stored. Some ancient tomes and documents can actually be in far better condition than a scrap of paper that’s just a few years old.

“Paper is made of cellulose—a repeating chain of glucose molecules—derived from plant cell walls. One measure of paper quality is how long the cellulose chains, and subsequently the paper fibers, are: long-fibered paper is stronger and more flexible and durable than short-fibered paper,” the LoC points out that not all paper is created equally. If you’re going for longevity, long-fibered paper is your best bet.

#19

Found Posted On A Couple Of The Walls Around My City. Email At The Bottom Blacked Out

Found Posted On A Couple Of The Walls Around My City. Email At The Bottom Blacked Out

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Aurelia!
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1 month ago

Throwing compliments at someone's head? It must be true love.

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#20

This Book From 1892 I Found Inside A Hole In The Wall In A Rental Flat

This Book From 1892 I Found Inside A Hole In The Wall In A Rental Flat

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Candace Fitzpatrick
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1 month ago

I’d love to carefully go through each page

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#21

Bought An Abandoned House And Found This In The Attic

Bought An Abandoned House And Found This In The Attic

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Little Panda Bear
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1 month ago

Can you imagine how terrifying it would be to recieve newspapers like that during those times?

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Acids from the environment (like from air pollution or poor-quality enclosures) or from within the paper cut these glucose chains into shorter and shorter lengths in the presence of moisture. “This acid hydrolysis reaction produces more acids, feeding further, continued degradation.”

#22

Found In The Hallway Of My School

Found In The Hallway Of My School

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Aurelia!
Community Member
1 month ago

me too, kid. me too.

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#23

Garage Sale Find (1929) - About 100 Love Letters Over Two Years From A Guy In Seattle To A Girl In Aberdeen, Wa

Garage Sale Find (1929) - About 100 Love Letters Over Two Years From A Guy In Seattle To A Girl In Aberdeen, Wa

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Susan Green
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1 month ago

How nice is that?!!

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#24

Historicfound This On The Street In Downtown Sd About 4 Years Ago When I Needed It Most. It’s Been In My Wallet Ever Since

Historicfound This On The Street In Downtown Sd About 4 Years Ago When I Needed It Most. It’s Been In My Wallet Ever Since

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Eva the Egg
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1 month ago

I agree 👫

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One of the reasons why newspapers don’t last for long is because they’re printed on mechanically pulped paper, meaning the paper has got the shortest fiber length. Meanwhile, the lignin from the wood isn’t removed (as in the case of chemical pulping) and promotes acid hydrolysis, shortening the glucose chains even more.

#25

This Dollar Bill I Found In My Change

This Dollar Bill I Found In My Change

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Susan Green
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1 month ago

Well......that’s kind of true. Money does kind of control our lives sometimes.

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#26

Purchased Old Poetry Book At Flea Market And Found This Old Receipt For A College Poetry Class. This Receipt Has Been In This Book For 102 Years!

Purchased Old Poetry Book At Flea Market And Found This Old Receipt For A College Poetry Class. This Receipt Has Been In This Book For 102 Years!

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Susan Green
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1 month ago

Whoa! I would love to find something like this.

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#27

This Came Out Of A Book I Was Flipping Through

This Came Out Of A Book I Was Flipping Through

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Aurelia!
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1 month ago

Is this...a theme?

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What’s more, it’s not just acid hydrolysis that threatens a piece of paper’s structural integrity. It can also be damaged by light (what’s known as being susceptible to photolytic degradation) and oxygen (oxidative degradation).

The poorer quality of the paper, the more light degradation affects it. Meanwhile, oxygen degrades paper in a very limited way, unless there are nitrogen oxide pollutants in the air.

#28

Found On The Floor Of A Target. Meet Carla Rose

Found On The Floor Of A Target. Meet Carla Rose

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Grumble O'Pug
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1 month ago

Welcome to the world, darling!!

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#29

Found In My Apartment Building Lobby Today In North Dakota

Found In My Apartment Building Lobby Today In North Dakota

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Nikki Owens
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1 month ago

Oh, I find this terribly sad.

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#30

"No. Not Yet." ~ Found In 1908 High School Geometry Textbook

"No. Not Yet." ~ Found In 1908 High School Geometry Textbook

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Mihai Mara
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1 month ago

I am not sure if you can find "That something" in geometry books :))))))

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Note: this post originally had 146 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.

Generally, what you want to aim for is having high-quality paper that’s stored in good conditions. Cooler temperatures and 30 to 40 percent relative humidity can help paper last for a very long time, according to the Library of Congress. That’s something to keep in mind if you want to take good care of the interesting finds and documents you may have picked up on your scavenger hunts.