Contraband – Great photos of seized airport items

The NY Times has a great feature in their Magazine section called Contraband.

These images are from a set of 1,075 photographs — shot over five days last year for the book and exhibition, ‘‘Contraband’’ — of items detained or seized from passengers or express mail entering the United States from abroad at the New York airport. The miscellany of prohibited objects — from the everyday to the illegal to the just plain odd — attests to a growing worldwide traffic in counterfeit goods and natural exotica and offers a snapshot of the United States as seen through its illicit material needs and desires.

I couldn’t decide which photo to use as example, (deer penis? bottle of meat? Cow hoof bottle? Lard? there are so many!) but I decided to go with “plastic pitcher of salami.”

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  1. Are you serious? Deer penis?

    (clicks on “Contraband” link)

    Oh, yeah… what would you do with half of these things? I say half because there are items here that I know are actually being smuggled in and out, like drugs and meat, but cow-dung toothpaste?

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