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Saturday, September 14, 2019

This has been a summer of coins. This 1848 one cent coin spent 100 years and more in the ground and then another 26 in a zip loc bag with a rusty nail. That’s no way to treat lady liberty! It would be amazing to see what this coin saw in 1848. If only.... #found #coin #coincollecting #numismatics #connecticut #history #money #antique #urbanarcheology #foundastory #estatesalefinds


This has been a summer of coins. This 1848 one cent coin spent 100 years and more in the ground and then another 26 in a zip loc bag with a rusty nail. That’s no way to treat lady liberty! It would be amazing to see what this coin saw in 1848. If only.... #coin #coincollecting #numismatics #connecticut #history #money #antique #urbanarcheology #foundastory #estatesalefinds

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

This hotel, which still stands today, is now all condos, but the structure is intact. If true, my favorite story from this hotel involves JFK sleeping with a Nazi spy in 1942. This was known and the spy’s actions were being recorded at all times. When Jack’s father Joe Kennedy heard the tapes, he got his son transferred to the Pacific theater. The rest they say is history, or a war conquest that at least sounded better on the campaign trail. The reproduction of the Charleston flower girl was a good piece of marketing -a good idea to be associated with an artist who was very well known in the south. I don’t know what happened to Ms Denmark, the Nazi spy. Maybe there’s a recording out there in someone’s attic? #found #matchbookmonday #kennedy #fortsumpter #vintagetravel #smoking #spies #wwii #foundastory #urbanarcheology #estatesalefinds


This hotel, which still stands today, is now all condos, but the structure is intact. If true, my favorite story from this hotel involves JFK sleeping with a Nazi spy in 1942. This was known and the spy’s actions were being recorded at all times. When Jack’s father Joe Kennedy heard the tapes, he got his son transferred to the Pacific theater. The rest they say is history, or a war conquest that at least sounded better on the campaign trail. The reproduction of the Charleston flower girl was a good piece of marketing -a good idea to be associated with an artist who was very well known in the south. I don’t know what happened to Ms Denmark, the Nazi spy. Maybe there’s a recording out there in someone’s attic? #matchbookmonday #kennedy #fortsumpter #vintagetravel #smoking #spies #wwii #foundastory #urbanarcheology #estatesalefinds

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Saturday, September 7, 2019

Half the fun of digging in the past is the opportunity to visit homes like these. This one from 1899, for example. #found #vintagestructures #turnofthecentury #architecture #historicdanbury #urbanarcheology #foundastory #estatesalefinds


Half the fun of digging in the past is the opportunity to visit homes like these. This one from 1899, for example. #vintagestructures #turnofthecentury #architecture #historicdanbury #urbanarcheology #foundastory #estatesalefinds

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Going back in time to use this Walt Disney Productions application to apply for a job as an animator. This dates to the 1940s or 50s and is a true gem. Now- where did I leave that time machine? #found #animation #vintagedisney #jobapplication #ephemera #animation #waltdisneystudios #foundastory #urbanarcheology


Going back in time to use this Walt Disney Productions application to apply for a job as an animator. This dates to the 1940s or 50s and is a true gem. Now- where did I leave that time machine? #animation #vintagedisney #jobapplication #ephemera #animation #waltdisneystudios #foundastory #urbanarcheology

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Monday, September 2, 2019

Not Matchbook, cigarette collector card - Monday. I bought a lot of these 1910 collector cards found inside Fez cigarettes which, unfortunately, had been glued in a scrapbook. Who would do such a thing? I set about attempting to restore them - using a special blend of glue dissolve (spit) and a fine x-acto knife. I don’t thing I’ll win any awards for restoration but it satisfies me. Only 15 more to go. #found #restoration #ephemera #collectorcards #cigarettetradingcards #fez #progression #smoking #vintagesmokes #vintagecigarettes #foundastory #urbanarcheology #estatesalefinds


Not Matchbook, cigarette collector card - Monday. I bought a lot of these 1910 collector cards found inside Fez cigarettes which, unfortunately, had been glued in a scrapbook. Who would do such a thing? I set about attempting to restore them - using a special blend of glue dissolve (spit) and a fine x-acto knife. I don’t thing I’ll win any awards for restoration but it satisfies me. Only 15 more to go. #restoration #ephemera #collectorcards #cigarettetradingcards #fez #progression #smoking #vintagesmokes #vintagecigarettes #foundastory #urbanarcheology #estatesalefinds

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Friday, August 30, 2019

Being an Urban Archeologist you have to keep digging with the knowledge that history may be hidden anywhere. The former home of the head of the FAA under Reagan ‘81 - ‘84 was also very involved in the Apollo program holding various management and executive positions. These patches are some of the specs memorabilia going on sale at this home in Westport CT. Thanks to Lee at Dancing Dog Estate Sales for allowing me to dig for history. #found #NASA #spaceexploration #collectible #ushistory #deepdigs #urbanarcheology #dancingdogestatesales #foundastory #estatesalefinds #hiddenhistory


Being an Urban Archeologist you have to keep digging with the knowledge that history may be hidden anywhere. The former home of the head of the FAA under Reagan ‘81 - ‘84 was also very involved in the Apollo program holding various management and executive positions. These patches are some of the specs memorabilia going on sale at this home in Westport CT. Thanks to Lee at Dancing Dog Estate Sales for allowing me to dig for history. #NASA #spaceexploration #collectible #ushistory #deepdigs #urbanarcheology #dancingdogestatesales #foundastory #estatesalefinds #hiddenhistory

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Matchbook Monday! Brought you by Slack-ees! Which was brought to me by my friend Nick. This just makes me think it’s a devotee of the Slacker lifestyle. Though I don’t think a Slackee, either male or female, would wear crotchless underwear; I don’t think they’d wear underwear at all. This matchbook, which claims to be the original and most practical thing for the woman of today and tomorrow is actually the most entertaining thing for matchbook Monday ...until next Monday. #found #matchbook #matchbookmonday #collectibles #underwear #humor #fashion #foundation #vintageundergarments #foundastory #urbanarcheology


Matchbook Monday! Brought you by Slack-ees! Which was brought to me by my friend Nick. This just makes me think it’s a devotee of the Slacker lifestyle. Though I don’t think a Slackee, either male or female, would wear crotchless underwear; I don’t think they’d wear underwear at all. This matchbook, which claims to be the original and most practical thing for the woman of today and tomorrow is actually the most entertaining thing for matchbook Monday ...until next Monday. #matchbook #matchbookmonday #collectibles #underwear #humor #fashion #foundation #vintageundergarments #foundastory #urbanarcheology

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Monday, August 26, 2019

If you didn’t think it was possible to find American history by just driving down the street... Ironic that this actually predates the United States. in 1760 Connecticut was still a colony and the most important part of legalizing a deed was that space at the bottom where the current English monarch needed to be written in. As much as I covet this document my ownership will only be temporary. My plan is to donate it to the town of Redding as there is a long History of this family there. Pinch and zoom if you want to read the document. You can also see it at my next live presentation October 3rd at the Bethel Public Library. #found #history #antiquedocuments #ushistory #connecticuthistory #1760 #colonialhistory #hiddenhistory #foundastory #urbanarcheology #estatesalefinds


If you didn’t think it was possible to find American history by just driving down the street... Ironic that this actually predates the United States. in 1760 Connecticut was still a colony and the most important part of legalizing a deed was that space at the bottom where the current English monarch needed to be written in. As much as I covet this document my ownership will only be temporary. My plan is to donate it to the town of Redding as there is a long History of this family there. Pinch and zoom if you want to read the document. You can also see it at my next live presentation October 3rd at the Bethel Public Library. #history #antiquedocuments #ushistory #connecticuthistory #1760 #colonialhistory #hiddenhistory #foundastory #urbanarcheology #estatesalefinds

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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Tag sale sounds- I can’t decide what I like more- the music or the case I found it in. This is the only Traffic to be in this weekend. #found #music #cassettetapes #traffic #steviewinwood #foundastory #urbanarcheology #vintagemusic


Tag sale sounds- I can’t decide what I like more- the music or the case I found it in. This is the only Traffic to be in this weekend. #music #cassettetapes #traffic #steviewinwood #foundastory #urbanarcheology #vintagemusic

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