2011, as Told in 18 Items

From Steve Jobs' turtleneck to Kate Middleton cash
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 4, 2011 12:59 PM CST
A commemorative coin produced for The Royal Wedding (but check out VF's more artful illustration).   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – If the BBC can summarize all of history in 100 objects, then Vanity Fair can do a year in 18. The magazine offers a collection of iconic objects—some real, some fictional—as a time capsule of sorts for 2011. Among the highlights:

  • The Hello Kitty cat holding a “No Nukes” sign, to indicate the Japanese earthquake/Fukushima disaster.
  • A pyramid covered in daisies, to mark the Arab Spring.
  • A black turtleneck, to celebrate Steve Jobs.

  • A psychedelic walker, to honor the first baby-boomers turning 65.
  • A mailbox with a rainbow flag, to acknowledge New York as the sixth state to legalize gay marriage.
  • Kate Middleton’s face on a 50-pound note, to commemorate the wedding of the year (decade?).
  • A copy of Thoreau’s Walden with USB ports, to represent the first year e-books outsold regular ones on Amazon.
  • A chalkboard with a sad face, to illustrate the departure of Glenn Beck from Fox News.
  • An iPhone with a hot dog (read: “Weiner”) on the screen. No explanation needed.
Click through for the full illustrated list, which includes a pretty intense nod to Casey Anthony.

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