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Saturday, June 15, 2019

There’s a name for non-coin coins and medallions but I couldn’t for the life of me come up with it until I asked on another forum. (exonumia) This was a “desk” discovery- another great place to hunt for treasure at estate sales. The center draw is like then”junk” drawer in your kitchen a literal catch-all for the oddest things. This oversized keychain fob was in among other neat collectibles that all deserve deeper research. This duplicate is also a mystery. A cast mock-up of the 1938 coin is a random choice or was it?....and just 4 times the size. Who made these? #found #money #mystery #exonumia #buffalonickel #coins #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology #keyring


There’s a name for non-coin coins and medallions but I couldn’t for the life of me come up with it until I asked on another forum. (exonumia) This was a “desk” discovery- another great place to hunt for treasure at estate sales. The center draw is like then”junk” drawer in your kitchen a literal catch-all for the oddest things. This oversized keychain fob was in among other neat collectibles that all deserve deeper research. This duplicate is also a mystery. A cast mock-up of the 1938 coin is a random choice or was it?....and just 4 times the size. Who made these? #money #mystery #exonumia #buffalonickel #coins #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology #keyring

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Matchbook Monday (was 2 days ago) but I bring you this matchbook with which to light the peace pipe of forgiveness. I have always considered the elevator business to be - break-even - because Ups = Downs Otis elevator has been in the news lately due to a very large merger in Connecticut. More interesting is how Otis came to be - Elisha Graves Otis was a mechanic in Albany in the 1840s. He was employed by a factory with large machinery and knew how to maintain and install it. Assisting the installation of machines at another factory he knew the perils of hoisting heavy equipment and the danger of it breaking or coming loose. He developed a braking design to make heavy lifting safer. When he applied it to existing designs for elevators the result was skepticism. It took a public exhibition with Otis himself in a demonstration where the elevator cable was cut with the inventor inside. His system worked and the rest is history. He created a solution that lead to the expansion of elevator use and the proliferation of high rise buildings. Otis didn’t invent the elevator he invented the breaking device that would make an elevator safer. This matchbook from 1953 commemorates the 100th year of the company’s existence. Amazing how the prevalence of smoking could place this kind of spot advertising in the hands of millions so confidently. Today, it’s hard to imagine what the relationship between smoking and elevators could be. On the upside - the merger, which involves the parent company of Otis Elevator, will not result in the company leaving Connecticut. #found #Matchbook #vintage #collecting #otiselevator #matchbookmonday #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology


Matchbook Monday (was 2 days ago) but I bring you this matchbook with which to light the peace pipe of forgiveness. I have always considered the elevator business to be - break-even - because Ups = Downs Otis elevator has been in the news lately due to a very large merger in Connecticut. More interesting is how Otis came to be - Elisha Graves Otis was a mechanic in Albany in the 1840s. He was employed by a factory with large machinery and knew how to maintain and install it. Assisting the installation of machines at another factory he knew the perils of hoisting heavy equipment and the danger of it breaking or coming loose. He developed a braking design to make heavy lifting safer. When he applied it to existing designs for elevators the result was skepticism. It took a public exhibition with Otis himself in a demonstration where the elevator cable was cut with the inventor inside. His system worked and the rest is history. He created a solution that lead to the expansion of elevator use and the proliferation of high rise buildings. Otis didn’t invent the elevator he invented the breaking device that would make an elevator safer. This matchbook from 1953 commemorates the 100th year of the company’s existence. Amazing how the prevalence of smoking could place this kind of spot advertising in the hands of millions so confidently. Today, it’s hard to imagine what the relationship between smoking and elevators could be. On the upside - the merger, which involves the parent company of Otis Elevator, will not result in the company leaving Connecticut. #Matchbook #vintage #collecting #otiselevator #matchbookmonday #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

It is only fitting that this 1935 ticket reads “this little bookmark commemorates your visit to NBCs Radio City studios” and that I would find it in a book. It must have been a big deal to be on this tour that year. The design of the stub allows the holder to snap it over a button and wear it during the tour as a badge. Of all the things I have found in books- this is my favorite. #found #bookmarks #thingsfoundinbools #NBCradio #ephemera vintageradio #unique #estatesalefinds #urbanarcheology #foundastory


It is only fitting that this 1935 ticket reads “this little bookmark commemorates your visit to NBCs Radio City studios” and that I would find it in a book. It must have been a big deal to be on this tour that year. The design of the stub allows the holder to snap it over a button and wear it during the tour as a badge. Of all the things I have found in books- this is my favorite. #bookmarks #thingsfoundinbools #NBCradio #ephemera vintageradio #unique #estatesalefinds #urbanarcheology #foundastory

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Photo-restoration is a professional skill, but even deep in an estate sale you can take a stab at it with your phone....to build a relationship with the seller. This image of a medium-large mansion in Virginia was pointed out to me as being “somewhere around the house under a pile of books.” Adding “it’s pretty faded.” That was all I needed to go hunting. I found the photo and the frame with glass all in a heap and quickly snapped the top image. The resulting restoration is not perfect but enough to impress the husband of the seller. The home had been part of his family’s estate several generations ago. I found what I was looking for and it didn’t cost a penny. #found #foundphoto #photorestoration #vintagephoto #oldvirginia #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology #frugallife


Photo-restoration is a professional skill, but even deep in an estate sale you can take a stab at it with your phone....to build a relationship with the seller. This image of a medium-large mansion in Virginia was pointed out to me as being “somewhere around the house under a pile of books.” Adding “it’s pretty faded.” That was all I needed to go hunting. I found the photo and the frame with glass all in a heap and quickly snapped the top image. The resulting restoration is not perfect but enough to impress the husband of the seller. The home had been part of his family’s estate several generations ago. I found what I was looking for and it didn’t cost a penny. #foundphoto #photorestoration #vintagephoto #oldvirginia #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology #frugallife

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I recently found myself the owner of a thick pile of Ham radio callsign cards. These fascinate me because each is a recording of a specific date, time and place...and are personalized. They are an officiating of signal received between to “Hams” to signify quality of signal and create an opportunity to network further. I like this one because if it’s use of Popeye the Sailor. I guess that these could be ordered and customized however the send wished. This one is from 1964 and sadly the sending died on 1985. Out of respect I have added this image to the memorial search site www.findagrave.com. So family members may more easily discover it. #found #ephemera #findagrave #hamradio #vintagepostcard #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology #reddingct


I recently found myself the owner of a thick pile of Ham radio callsign cards. These fascinate me because each is a recording of a specific date, time and place...and are personalized. They are an officiating of signal received between to “Hams” to signify quality of signal and create an opportunity to network further. I like this one because if it’s use of Popeye the Sailor. I guess that these could be ordered and customized however the send wished. This one is from 1964 and sadly the sending died on 1985. Out of respect I have added this image to the memorial search site www.findagrave.com. So family members may more easily discover it. #ephemera #findagrave #hamradio #vintagepostcard #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology #reddingct

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

A new trunk for you and your big head. This is an 1892 ad for a new kind of trunk with a lid that won’t break the plaster when opened flush with the wall. The inventor calls it “Common Sense” but I call it a classic. Now I’ll have to go looking for this style at the next dig. #estatesalefinds #urbanarcheology #foundastory #found #vintageads #19thcenturyadvertising #humor


A new trunk for you and your big head. This is an 1892 ad for a new kind of trunk with a lid that won’t break the plaster when opened flush with the wall. The inventor calls it “Common Sense” but I call it a classic. Now I’ll have to go looking for this style at the next dig. #estatesalefinds #urbanarcheology #foundastory #vintageads #19thcenturyadvertising #humor

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Happy Matchbook Monday! This late 60s early 70s matchbook has me confused. A short leap on a Monday. Rather than the gender-less turtle I remember ads tempting me to draw (or was it the sea captain?) I have never seen this one. Who is the appeal to? My own gender bias (the people used in ads are often there to emulate the very people the ad is aimed at) tells me that this is meant to encourage a female audience, but then there’s that symbol on the reverse. At a time when gender symbols for male and female were fast becoming part of pop culture it is strange to me how this modified symbol for the male gender has a useful place on this promotion. Not to mention, but I will, that the contest was just a scam to develop leads for an overpriced correspondence course. No matter, I love it for all its faults. I’ll be entering to win today! Wish me luck. #found #matchbookmonday #matchbook #vintageads #collectibles #foundastory #genderbias #drawme #scams #contests #urbanarcheology


Happy Matchbook Monday! This late 60s early 70s matchbook has me confused. A short leap on a Monday. Rather than the gender-less turtle I remember ads tempting me to draw (or was it the sea captain?) I have never seen this one. Who is the appeal to? My own gender bias (the people used in ads are often there to emulate the very people the ad is aimed at) tells me that this is meant to encourage a female audience, but then there’s that symbol on the reverse. At a time when gender symbols for male and female were fast becoming part of pop culture it is strange to me how this modified symbol for the male gender has a useful place on this promotion. Not to mention, but I will, that the contest was just a scam to develop leads for an overpriced correspondence course. No matter, I love it for all its faults. I’ll be entering to win today! Wish me luck. #matchbookmonday #matchbook #vintageads #collectibles #foundastory #genderbias #drawme #scams #contests #urbanarcheology

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Be an early bird for an estate sale and this is what you’ll see. If I had been an earlier bird I could be in that line. No matter - for what I seek it almost doesn’t matter what time I get there, though early is better. Good sale-ing weather for Saturday - happy hunting! #found #estatesales #justinantiquesatthebrickhouse #treasurehunting #connecticut #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology


Be an early bird for an estate sale and this is what you’ll see. If I had been an earlier bird I could be in that line. No matter - for what I seek it almost doesn’t matter what time I get there, though early is better. Good sale-ing weather for Saturday - happy hunting! #estatesales #justinantiquesatthebrickhouse #treasurehunting #connecticut #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

I drove down to Florida with my parents when I was 16. From NY to FLA it was a long time in the family truckster. Fortunately, right at the halfway point there was this oasis in a sea of boredom. SOUTH OF THE BORDER If you’ve ever taken the trip I don’t need to tell you that the journey there was precluded by billboard after billboard of campy quotes and words of wisdom by the SotB mascot “Pedro.” Each one giving the ever shrinking “miles to go” countdown. This matchbook has to be from the 70s as it features the I-95 locale and displays the giant Pedro sign. It still exists today though it has been reduced in size some due to competition and original owner passing in 2001. I actually got to go and all I remember was a video game parlor that could rival any Vegas gaming floor. It was a slice of heaven for a teen. #found #vintageads #matchbook #collectibles #travel #vintagetourism #touristtrap #southofthebordersc #urbanarcheology #foundastory #estatesalefinds


I drove down to Florida with my parents when I was 16. From NY to FLA it was a long time in the family truckster. Fortunately, right at the halfway point there was this oasis in a sea of boredom. SOUTH OF THE BORDER If you’ve ever taken the trip I don’t need to tell you that the journey there was precluded by billboard after billboard of campy quotes and words of wisdom by the SotB mascot “Pedro.” Each one giving the ever shrinking “miles to go” countdown. This matchbook has to be from the 70s as it features the I-95 locale and displays the giant Pedro sign. It still exists today though it has been reduced in size some due to competition and original owner passing in 2001. I actually got to go and all I remember was a video game parlor that could rival any Vegas gaming floor. It was a slice of heaven for a teen. #vintageads #matchbook #collectibles #travel #vintagetourism #touristtrap #southofthebordersc #urbanarcheology #foundastory #estatesalefinds

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