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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Went looking for a story yesterday....and a sale at the estate of blues rock guitarist Johnny Winter (died 2014). There was little evidence of his long successful career except for a mic stand and a wooden road case with a “J” carved on it. I noticed a collection of science fiction and fantasy paperbacks. This one had a bookmark with some words that could make a good song verse for the blues. I think it makes a good story for my next public presentation. #found #music #bluesrock #johnnywinter #estatesale #publicspeaking #lyrics #aldoushuxley #foundastory #urbanarcheology


Went looking for a story yesterday....and a sale at the estate of blues rock guitarist Johnny Winter (died 2014). There was little evidence of his long successful career except for a mic stand and a wooden road case with a “J” carved on it. I noticed a collection of science fiction and fantasy paperbacks. This one had a bookmark with some words that could make a good song verse for the blues. I think it makes a good story for my next public presentation. #music #bluesrock #johnnywinter #estatesale #publicspeaking #lyrics #aldoushuxley #foundastory #urbanarcheology

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Saturday, December 7, 2019

Pearl Harbor December 7th 1941. A date which shall live in infamy. #found #collectibles #alcohol #jimbeam #pearlharbor #foundastor #remember. #urbanarcheology.


Pearl Harbor December 7th 1941. A date which shall live in infamy. #collectibles #alcohol #jimbeam #pearlharbor #foundastor #remember. #urbanarcheology.

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This is for my friends in Newtown. I know this is a sore subject because this Inn, which I visited many times, eventually closed for economic reasons. I miss it terribly but like all history buffs, I miss what it represents - a time when things were simpler and change wasn’t a concern. Change really does stink sometimes. I think this postcard is from the 1970s or early 80s. #found #postcards #nostalgia #connecticut #newtown #hawleymanor #foundastory #urbanarcheology #estatesalefinds.


This is for my friends in Newtown. I know this is a sore subject because this Inn, which I visited many times, eventually closed for economic reasons. I miss it terribly but like all history buffs, I miss what it represents - a time when things were simpler and change wasn’t a concern. Change really does stink sometimes. I think this postcard is from the 1970s or early 80s. #postcards #nostalgia #connecticut #newtown #hawleymanor #foundastory #urbanarcheology #estatesalefinds.

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Saturday, November 30, 2019

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Saturday, November 23, 2019

Found films! This is a discoveryI am really excited about viewing. To visit Yankee stadium today with a camera is pfft! No big deal. In the 1930s or 40’s....with a 16mm home movie camera!? Holy Cow! I’m not sure of the year and can only guess once I see players numbers or cars in the lot. It is definitely pre 1960s. What am I waiting for!? To be continued..... #found #foundfilms #sports #newyorkyankees #baseball #vintagesports #bronxbombers #sportshistory #baseballnostalgia #detroittigers #16mm #foundastory #estatesalefinds #urbanarcheology


Found films! This is a discoveryI am really excited about viewing. To visit Yankee stadium today with a camera is pfft! No big deal. In the 1930s or 40’s....with a 16mm home movie camera!? Holy Cow! I’m not sure of the year and can only guess once I see players numbers or cars in the lot. It is definitely pre 1960s. What am I waiting for!? To be continued..... #foundfilms #sports #newyorkyankees #baseball #vintagesports #bronxbombers #sportshistory #baseballnostalgia #detroittigers #16mm #foundastory #estatesalefinds #urbanarcheology

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Things found in books: exhibit 11a - The New York Exchange for Women’s Work. The Civil War pitted brother against brother with the result being a multitude of War widows. This affected the rich and poor and everyone in between. In New York City many women who were familiar with the high life before the war, found themselves with no husband and no support. Unable to enter whatever jobs there were for women at the time, it seemed as thought there was no where for them to turn. That was until 2 ladies saw the problem and felt the best solution was an exchange. Exchanges had been around since the 1830s and were a kind of thrift store featuring knitted items and baked goods made by the war widows. As you can see from the card, a store front on Fifth avenue was probably a guarantee for success. In time, it would be, but not without loans from wealthy providers as a sort of bridge during the lean times. This particular exchange was not unique, there were many others like it around the country. It really succeeded when a restaurant was added making it the place to be seen. What’s really amazing is that my research revealed that this exchange survived 125 years. It closed in 2003 when the expense of doing business in New York City became cost prohibitive. It’s a shame we don’t read as much as we used to. There is a lot you can learn by opening a book. #found #thingsfoundinbooks #civilwar #newyorkcity #bookmarks #foundastory #history #womenatwork #Earlyentrepreneurs #urbanarcheology #estatesalefinds


Things found in books: exhibit 11a - The New York Exchange for Women’s Work. The Civil War pitted brother against brother with the result being a multitude of War widows. This affected the rich and poor and everyone in between. In New York City many women who were familiar with the high life before the war, found themselves with no husband and no support. Unable to enter whatever jobs there were for women at the time, it seemed as thought there was no where for them to turn. That was until 2 ladies saw the problem and felt the best solution was an exchange. Exchanges had been around since the 1830s and were a kind of thrift store featuring knitted items and baked goods made by the war widows. As you can see from the card, a store front on Fifth avenue was probably a guarantee for success. In time, it would be, but not without loans from wealthy providers as a sort of bridge during the lean times. This particular exchange was not unique, there were many others like it around the country. It really succeeded when a restaurant was added making it the place to be seen. What’s really amazing is that my research revealed that this exchange survived 125 years. It closed in 2003 when the expense of doing business in New York City became cost prohibitive. It’s a shame we don’t read as much as we used to. There is a lot you can learn by opening a book. #thingsfoundinbooks #civilwar #newyorkcity #bookmarks #foundastory #history #womenatwork #Earlyentrepreneurs #urbanarcheology #estatesalefinds

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

This belongs in a Museum! I performed my dug up/Stand up routine for a crowd of 30 or more at the New Milford Senior Center. I donned my Indiana Jones outfit and revealed some of my favorite stories from the tag sale trail as part of their Halloween festivities. Foolishly I forgot to hand someone a camera to take pictures- so this is all you get for Halloween. Tip: Stay away from the Antique candy. #found #Halloween #costume #indianajones #publicspeaking #urbanarcheology #newmilford #foundastory


This belongs in a Museum! I performed my dug up/Stand up routine for a crowd of 30 or more at the New Milford Senior Center. I donned my Indiana Jones outfit and revealed some of my favorite stories from the tag sale trail as part of their Halloween festivities. Foolishly I forgot to hand someone a camera to take pictures- so this is all you get for Halloween. Tip: Stay away from the Antique candy. #Halloween #costume #indianajones #publicspeaking #urbanarcheology #newmilford #foundastory

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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

In the Navy! Death and taxes are not the only certainties in life - there’s also recruitment. If I am reading the code at the bottom correctly, this could be from 1928. Given the skills they offer, that’s an accurate assumption. #found #ephemera #military #navy #recruitment #vintagemilitary #foundastory #urbanarcheology


In the Navy! Death and taxes are not the only certainties in life - there’s also recruitment. If I am reading the code at the bottom correctly, this could be from 1928. Given the skills they offer, that’s an accurate assumption. #ephemera #military #navy #recruitment #vintagemilitary #foundastory #urbanarcheology

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