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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Did JFK and Marilyn Monroe Share the Same Bed? (Video)

Not exactly click bait, because this story surrounds the passing of a small hotel in New Milford, Connecticut where many celebrities shared a bed - though maybe not at the same time - and you can take a walk through it at an upcoming estate sale.  When you go, be sure to check out room 22 - Marilyn Monroe slept there...

Here is my video preview of the sale:

The Homestead Inn started out as a large home just off New Milford’s famous green built in 1852 by John Prime Treadwell. After serving three generations of Treadwells it changed hands twice to become the property of Mary Philpot in 1928. Mary converted the home into The Homestead Inn and ran it until 1977! For many years it was considered the leading hotel in the area.

The Homestead Inn did well as a stopping off point for visitors of patients at the New Milford Hospital across the street, and parents of students of the prestigious private school - Canterbury - on the hill above the Inn, as well as the occasional traveling salesman. The Inn was also useful to sightseers exploring the picturesque Housatonic  region. It was a diminutive mainstay of the area. 

Changing owners in 1977, the Inn keep rolling along modernizing and maintaining while still keeping the charm of an old New England home. The large front room and dining area abounded with huge double hung windows and gave visitors the opportunity to lounge and read or walk around the longest green in Connecticut. 

The Inn changed hands two more times landing in the care of Bill and Sherry Greenman in 2003. Unfortunately, these would be the last owners to run the Homestead Inn. In 2014, Bill Greenman passed away and though Sherry continued on, it was recently announced that the family would close the Homestead Inn. The Inn is now closed for good and much of the contents will be sold. 

The estate sale, run by Just In Antiques and More, is schedule for the last weekend in April and if you want to walk through an historic Inn that saw guests like Joseph and Ethel Kennedy (there to see John gradate from the Canterbury School), Marilyn Monroe, Vladimir Horowitz, Leopold Stowkowski, Frederick March and many more, this is your last chance. 

Maybe someone will step in at the last moment and save this icon of a simpler life and that a picturesque town like New Milford can be home to the Homestead Inn once again. 

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Not just boneless...entirely boneless!

Finast Market Fish Packaging

Not just boneless...entirely boneless!

from Instagram

When missles were fun

A quick instagram video of a cool toy captured at a recent dig. The interesting part is that this is a large piece and is not a train car. I know there were many large accessories that were made for adding realism to a layout - like mountains and buildings.  I felt this represented at time when toys could allay the fears of youngsters when the spectre of nuclear annihilation was new and frightening.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Ancient Chinese Secret: If you have seen Yuan - you have not seen them all.

So what is a 500 yuan note from 1942 worth?

Found at a Danbury estate sale run by my friend Justin of Just In Antiques and More.

I find so much old currency, which is just in between being legal tender and rare (and valuable). Unfortunately, that can be a span of sometimes 500 to a thousand years. (Darn)

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A fridge Too Far…or not

 In the basement of a well-maintained Bethel CT home I found this technological anomaly.  A 1950 General Electric Space Maker Refrigerator - it wasn’t pitted, or rusty or even smelly. It was running smoothly and quietly, it was shiny inside and out and it was keeping things cold. 

The owners of the home told me it came with the house. I appreciated even more when they happily showed me the original booklet that came with the fridge.

I got a kick out of the mother and daughter both dressed the same and no males anywhere to be found. Ahh the Madison Avenue marketing machine in full swing - painting the picture of a perfect world, although maybe an unbalanced one. Kathy, who shared her wonderful appliance with me went one better.

The receipt looked as though it had been torn out of the store’s book only hours before I arrived instead of 65 years ago.  I marveled at the price of the unit…

In 2015, this would be equivalent to approximately $3000.00 (US).  Seems like that appliance should last into the next millennia at that price. I may have over estimated, when I looked at the receipt closer I realized that he had purchased to other small appliances that day and the salesman did not itemize the prices…interesting. Maybe it was a package?

Finally, the fridge had one more surprise to reveal. Look inside:

Retro Coca-Cola!  Well, a 60-year-old coke in there would have made my day, but at least the owners have a sense of historical accuracy. It may still be for sale if you’re interested and at less then the original price - if you know how to haggle.