Toynbee tile interest comes in and out like the phases of the moon. It’s really amazing how cyclical it can be. Just as my interest begins to ebb and tile fatigue sets in, a series of events unfolds, sending my strange obsession right back into the limelight.
This week began with tile fatigue. Tiling has most likely gone into winter hibernation here in Philly. The message board was dead and frankly, I have other interests that can easily subjugate the time I devote to my ‘tile research.’
Then I got a return email from a man I contacted through the Toynbee.net email archives. He discovered 2 tiles in Aberdeen Maryland about 10 years ago and promised to try and find the photos he took way back then. Justin Duerr may also be close to tracking down a photo of the newly rediscovered Harrisburg tile. (complete with “murder all journalists message”)
By Wednesday a flurry of emails started appearing in my inbox. Interest in the tiles is back on the rise… apparently worldwide. My site stats are also registering a ton of tile related hits each day.
And then this morning, a brand new tile made in a style never before seen was reported in a suburb of Indianapolis, IN by someone who I only know by the internet handle toynbeeindy. Here is that new tile:
This tile looks like the work of a second copycat. The original tiler once wrote, “ONLY BY DESTRUCTION OF THE MEDIA CAN THIS MOVEMENT SURVIVE” but way back when that message was meticulously carved, wrapped and glued, the internet didn’t exist. With more copycats carrying this message on, Toynbee tiles have new hope of an enduring life and legacy.
YOU MUST MAKE AND GLUE TILES!!! YOU!!!