Since childhood, Paolozzi has kept scrapbooks of images, mostly drawn from American magazines, which he used as a primary source for these collages. They reflect his fascination with popular culture and technology, as well as the glamour of American consumerism. The
title of the series refers to Henry Ford’s famous statement that ‘History is more or less bunk..... We want to live in the present’. It reflects Paolozzi’s belief that his work should reflect the dynamism of contemporary culture.