I checked out a sad and dark book about ash, Apocalypse, endurance and a shopping cart from the Oakland Public Library. Inside someone had left some cryptic items which strangely influenced the story for me.
A photo labeled Feb 1981:
A card from a card catalogue:
The painting referenced by the card:
What does it all mean? IDK
But if you have any information about the characters in the photo please let them know that I have returned their photo to the book and the book to the library.