A reader in Indiana shares:

The fences around here are used as a “lost and found.”  I have seen halters, lead ropes, buggy wheel rubbers and the most common item — horseshoes hanging from the fences lines in the Elkhart – LaGrange community.

Perishable items like clothes, expensive items like batteries, or small items like bike lights are usually picked up and then listed in the “lost and found” section in the local Amish paper Die Blatt.

Living here for 2 years I have found many horseshoes, a tractor seat, two bags of grain, a battery and a hitch ball from a buggy on the road.  With the exception of horseshoes, you can almost always find the owner.  I’ve attached two images of horseshoes hanging on fence lines.


“Lost and found” seems a little like a concept from yesteryear.  I remember them as a boy, but they always seemed more like a reservoir of shattered hopes than a place where you’d be happily reunited with your misplaced Transformers lunchbox.

They’re where you’d go to get the bad news that no, no one had dropped off your wallet or the favorite scarf your grandma knitted.  Maybe that pessimistic take just reflects my own experience with them 🙂 Sounds like these Amish lost and founds do a good job connecting dropped items with their owners.

Where do we still see lost and founds?  I have a pet theory that they have declined due to the general cheapening and devaluing of products–kind of the same reason shoe repair shops have fallen by the wayside. Or maybe I’ve just stopped noticing them (am I better now at hanging onto my stuff?)

Do you have any happy lost and found stories?

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