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Sunday, December 10, 2017

These tiny accessories that accompanied a 16mm home projector almost never make it through the ages. Especially rare is this one that came from an early 1930s estate sale find in Brookfield CT. #found #projector #16mm #film #oilcan #antique #connecticut #estatesale #urbanarcheology


These tiny accessories that accompanied a 16mm home projector almost never make it through the ages. Especially rare is this one that came from an early 1930s estate sale find in Brookfield CT. #projector #16mm #film #oilcan #antique #connecticut #estatesale #urbanarcheology

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Hiding in a pile of records - this 1916 edition of Life celebrating ironically the anniversary of William Shakespeare’s Death (300th anniversary). It is with bated breath that I await my next Urban Archeological dig. #found #ephemera #lifemagazine #shakespeare #estatesale #urbanarcheology


Hiding in a pile of records - this 1916 edition of Life celebrating ironically the anniversary of William Shakespeare’s Death (300th anniversary). It is with bated breath that I await my next Urban Archeological dig. #ephemera #lifemagazine #shakespeare #estatesale #urbanarcheology

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The next time someone says “Do you want me to hand it to you on a SilverPlatter?” You say, “No thank you. The copper platter will be just fine.” Especially if the platter is an enamel-covered Tiffany one. I was helping a friend of mine clear out her parents estate recently, and among the many pieces her parents had collected was this one. Wisely, she had arranged an appraiser who had a vast knowledge and experience with fine antiques. It was amazing to see him hold this up flip it over and nonchalantly exclaim, “This is worth $50,000.” So, the next time anyone wonders why you want to dig in the past, you could say “I have my reasons.” Like 50k of them. #found #estatesale #tiffany #valueable #antique #urbanarcheology


The next time someone says “Do you want me to hand it to you on a SilverPlatter?” You say, “No thank you. The copper platter will be just fine.” Especially if the platter is an enamel-covered Tiffany one. I was helping a friend of mine clear out her parents estate recently, and among the many pieces her parents had collected was this one. Wisely, she had arranged an appraiser who had a vast knowledge and experience with fine antiques. It was amazing to see him hold this up flip it over and nonchalantly exclaim, “This is worth $50,000.” So, the next time anyone wonders why you want to dig in the past, you could say “I have my reasons.” Like 50k of them. #estatesale #tiffany #valueable #antique #urbanarcheology

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Inside or out - Digging in the past is time well spent. Connecticut residents might be familiar with the Norwalk Oyster Festival, and after a sale last week I found out how large the Oyster industry was in CT and All New England. Photographing old bottles is not easy - so I will transcribe: “Patience Island Oyster Company, New Haven CT.” I first thought this was a pint milk bottle- nope- this would have been filled with shelled Oysters. The real mystery was trying figure out when Patience Island is in CT. It isn’t. The Island is located in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. In the 19th Century it would have as it’s only resident on the 200+ acre island -an Oysterman’s shack, with a single occupant whose job was to watch over the beds. Why a CT company chose a name that was a good day’s sail away maybe speaks to the size a quality of the beds and their Oysters. Not the slight purple hue on the bottle. #found #bottle #antique #connecticut #oyster #history #urbanarcheology #rhodeisland


Inside or out - Digging in the past is time well spent. Connecticut residents might be familiar with the Norwalk Oyster Festival, and after a sale last week I found out how large the Oyster industry was in CT and All New England. Photographing old bottles is not easy - so I will transcribe: “Patience Island Oyster Company, New Haven CT.” I first thought this was a pint milk bottle- nope- this would have been filled with shelled Oysters. The real mystery was trying figure out when Patience Island is in CT. It isn’t. The Island is located in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island. In the 19th Century it would have as it’s only resident on the 200+ acre island -an Oysterman’s shack, with a single occupant whose job was to watch over the beds. Why a CT company chose a name that was a good day’s sail away maybe speaks to the size a quality of the beds and their Oysters. Not the slight purple hue on the bottle. #bottle #antique #connecticut #oyster #history #urbanarcheology #rhodeisland

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

I found a fortune yesterday. This 1938 edition is in pretty good shape considering it turns 80 next year. The real prize is learning about Antonio Petruccelli. He created over 25 covers for Fortune, as well as other covers and graphic blandishments. Usually I enjoy these for the old ads, but now they become works of art from cover to cover. #found #magazine #fortune #estatesale #antoniopetrocelli #graphicarts


I found a fortune yesterday. This 1938 edition is in pretty good shape considering it turns 80 next year. The real prize is learning about Antonio Petruccelli. He created over 25 covers for Fortune, as well as other covers and graphic blandishments. Usually I enjoy these for the old ads, but now they become works of art from cover to cover. #magazine #fortune #estatesale #antoniopetrocelli #graphicarts

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Urban Archeology is all about persistence and willingness to dig in odd places. In the basement of a Newtown sale this weekend I was presented with piles of random hardware with a “Free” sign floating over them. I will always go hunting through these because they@become “catch-all’s” for bits of history. It this bin I came out with a filed service pinback for WWII infantry. #found #estatesale #military #wwii #antiques #urbanarcheology


Urban Archeology is all about persistence and willingness to dig in odd places. In the basement of a Newtown sale this weekend I was presented with piles of random hardware with a “Free” sign floating over them. I will always go hunting through these because they@become “catch-all’s” for bits of history. It this bin I came out with a filed service pinback for WWII infantry. #estatesale #military #wwii #antiques #urbanarcheology

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

An unfortunate name for a man that sells adventure. From 1929.

 #found #oldpaper #travel #advertising #humor #notelonmusk #urbanarcheology
An unfortunate name for a man that sells adventure. From 1929. I look for the humor in things, fortunately old advertisements offer an almost inexhaustible supply. I can believe that I am the only one to make this connection. How many husbands came home to announce "Guess what everyone!? We're going on a Boring cruise!"
A tip of the hat to Elon Musk for naming his tunnel digging company "The Boring Company." I see what you did there.
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Friday, November 3, 2017

From the booklet "The 12 Healers" by Physician Edward Bach in 1933. These are best read with an English accent and should be considered for a Python-esque skit. #found #herbalism #books #humor #cure #montypython #urbanarcheology #1933


From the booklet "The 12 Healers" by Physician Edward Bach in 1933. These are best read with an English accent and should be considered for a Python-esque skit. #herbalism #books #humor #cure #montypython #urbanarcheology #1933

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