Suggestions for Your Life

When the metal figure was made, there was no model for it.

The whole thing came about in a factory in 1926 when the little figurines were popular. They continued to be so in that hemisphere, at roughly those coordinates, but their draw waned in places where boys grew up a little and Mae West eventually caught attention, where jazz rumbled into the mainstream. The toy came about as a precursor, like a tiny mock-up preparing the world for someone similar — you. This figure resembles you, but you are no soldier, nothing like it. Someone sees the figure and tells you to imagine your face on something older than yourself, something with a deeper history than your own. Because your face is on this soldier.

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