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Monday, November 28, 2016

My number one Urban Archeology tip for finding treasure? "Get on all fours and check your drawers." Found this nearly worthless currency while looking through this old desk at a Connecticut estate sale Saturday. #estatesale #money #found #connecticut #dig #urbanarcheology #tips


My number one Urban Archeology tip for finding treasure? "Get on all fours and check your drawers." Found this nearly worthless currency while looking through this old desk at a Connecticut estate sale Saturday. #estatesale #money #connecticut #dig #urbanarcheology #tips

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Eagle Lock Co Terryville CT made cabinet trunk and padlocks from 1833 to 1975. Very common to find these during weekend digs but still interesting to see even a worn key with elaborate stamping. #connecticut #collectible #keys #found #estatesalefinds #estatesale #antique #eaglelockcompany


The Eagle Lock Co Terryville CT made cabinet trunk and padlocks from 1833 to 1975. Very common to find these during weekend digs but still interesting to see even a worn key with elaborate stamping. #connecticut #collectible #keys #estatesalefinds #estatesale #antique #eaglelockcompany

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Still in its packaging this early sample of a technological breakthrough from Wallace Carothers at the DuPont experiment station. Nylon was all the rage in the 1940s, causing at least one riot over the fashionable leg covering. This cord was another by-product though might have paled by comparison. #nostalgia #found #estatesale #nylon #chemistry #invention #oldproducts #1940sfashion #1940s


Still in its packaging this early sample of a technological breakthrough from Wallace Carothers at the DuPont experiment station. Nylon was all the rage in the 1940s, causing at least one riot over the fashionable leg covering. This cord was another by-product though might have paled by comparison. #nostalgia #estatesale #nylon #chemistry #invention #oldproducts #1940sfashion #1940s

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Loose translation: From Giuseppe to Francesco: "I hope to see you when I come to America." If you can't connect with family this Holiday, connect with a friend. #friends #thanksgiving #found #foundphoto #italian #inspiration #estatesale #antiques #immigration #20thcentury


Loose translation: From Giuseppe to Francesco: "I hope to see you when I come to America." If you can't connect with family this Holiday, connect with a friend. #friends #thanksgiving #foundphoto #italian #inspiration #estatesale #antiques #immigration #20thcentury

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Monday, November 21, 2016

More treasure from the ancient bottle dump. These may be a certain kind of ceramic button from the 1840s. More research to follow. #found #buttons #ceramic #archeology #urbanarcheology #bottledump #19thcentury. #antique #fashion #buttoncollection


More treasure from the ancient bottle dump. These may be a certain kind of ceramic button from the 1840s. More research to follow. #buttons #ceramic #archeology #urbanarcheology #bottledump #19thcentury. #antique #fashion #buttoncollection

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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Saturday, November 12, 2016

In honor of the Sony Walkman recently celebrating a birthday, I give the Graphophone! The was more a recorder but the height of audio technology of its day. Except for the baby everyone else looks a little undead. #antique #oldpaper #audio #sony #recorder #advertising #found #estatesales #zombies


In honor of the Sony Walkman recently celebrating a birthday, I give the Graphophone! The was more a recorder but the height of audio technology of its day. Except for the baby everyone else looks a little undead. #antique #oldpaper #audio #sony #recorder #advertising #estatesales #zombies

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Thank you Lt Joseph Weiner WWII Veteran deceased who left his collection of posters and maps for me to find appreciate and retell what little I know of his sacrifice for his country. Joe, your story lives on with this stranger. I hope that's ok. #found #worldwar2 #veterans #appreciation #memories #service #veteransday


Thank you Lt Joseph Weiner WWII Veteran deceased who left his collection of posters and maps for me to find appreciate and retell what little I know of his sacrifice for his country. Joe, your story lives on with this stranger. I hope that's ok. #worldwar2 #veterans #appreciation #memories #service #veteransday

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Alcatraz Island Postcard 1962


"Alcatraz Island was once a paradise. You kind made desert of it...ages ago." Dr Zaius. #postcard #nostalgia #funny #1962 #estatesale #alcatraz #california #prison

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

What? Me Worry?

 #elections #voting #mad #collectibles #postcard #anxiety #nostalgia #1957 #estatesale
No. Not anxious at all. Nope. This postcard from 1957 says it all. Happy Election Day!

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Found in a book from 1890.

 #political #elections #found #book #bookmark #prophetic #1890 #thingsfoundinbooks #mildlyinteresting #decision2016 #odd #cool #estatesale #oldpaper
I know some pretty interesting people. This piece of paper would never have been discovered if I hadn't called upon a friend, Kevin, who advised me to buy the book that contained it.  He knows a a thing or 3000 about books from the Civil War era and I knew to call him about this one. Saving that book for another post, but upon inspection - this is what I do - I found this little scrap of paper, which I thought was rather neat for what is says of the two-party system. 

Proof that some things never change. What I enjoyed was that it can be read to mean either something big for the GOP or something bad. You could really interpret it either way. 

One final note: Although I found this in a book from 1864, this paper was from 1890 or later. One clue, the paper is accidified, browned fragile. If it were from 1864 it would more likely have been made of rag paper, insted of wood pulp. 
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Saturday, November 5, 2016

It's a Dog's Life

 #dogs #pets #americankennelclub #akc #pedigree #1947 #ephemera #old #paper #documents #estatesale
I wish it was permissible to more than just a few celebrities to name our children as creatively as registered AKC dogs. Found in a box of papers, this document shows the level of organization it takes to keep a purebred pure. My Favorite name in the batch? "Selkirk Snooksie"

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Too much information? Need the Tl;dr? Dobbins electric soap was for clothes washing from a secret French recipe that the manufacturers paid $50k for. #odd #found #old #antique #advertising #estatesale #rarebooks #ephemera #cool


Too much information? Need the Tl;dr? Dobbins electric soap was for clothes washing from a secret French recipe that the manufacturers paid $50k for. #odd #old #antique #advertising #estatesale #rarebooks #ephemera #cool

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

If you were getting married in 1849...

 #rarebooks #antiques #books #marriage #wedding #gift #book #old #nuptials #1849 #found #estatesale
If you were getting married in 1849 you really should get your Cotesworth. This mini book "The Wedding Gift" is smaller than a deck of cards has guilt edges and a nice though pitted binding/spine. Edited by Cotesworh Pinckney.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016