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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

I like to read other people's mail but not for the personal information. No! I don't for the letterhead like this from 1930 and the Hotel Abraham Lincoln in Springfield Illinois. Demolished now but once a pillar of the downtown. Law book found last weekend. #foundinbooks #foundpaper #bookmarks #brooksbrothers #bullwinkel #greatnames #fashion #lincoln #architecturelovers #illinois #Springfield #collectables #estatesale # #found #ephemera #hotels #letterhead #1930


I like to read other people's mail but not for the personal information. No! I don't for the letterhead like this from 1930 and the Hotel Abraham Lincoln in Springfield Illinois. Demolished now but once a pillar of the downtown. Law book found last weekend. #foundinbooks #foundpaper #bookmarks #brooksbrothers #bullwinkel #greatnames #fashion #lincoln #architecturelovers #illinois #Springfield #collectables #estatesale # #ephemera #hotels #letterhead #1930

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

A very nice family allowed me to purchase a box of old letters that they couldn't toss but couldn't keep - they were happy to release to an urban archeologist. Swipe right to see one of many documents I found. #found #foundpaper #deed #documents #legal #cool #urbanarcheology #family #memoirs #history #land #cuyahoga #ohio #1835 #oldpaper


A very nice family allowed me to purchase a box of old letters that they couldn't toss but couldn't keep - they were happy to release to an urban archeologist. Swipe right to see one of many documents I found. #foundpaper #deed #documents #legal #cool #urbanarcheology #family #memoirs #history #land #cuyahoga #ohio #1835 #oldpaper

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

I'm going back to 1910 to have a suit made! This business card from Brooks Brothers in New York. Was in a 1905 Law book found last weekend. #foundinbooks #foundpaper #bookmarks #brooksbrothers #bullwinkel #greatnames #fashion #mensclothing #oldnewyork #newyork #businesscards #collectables #estatesale #clothes #found #ephemera #merritt #1910


I'm going back to 1910 to have a suit made! This business card from Brooks Brothers in New York. Was in a 1905 Law book found last weekend. #foundinbooks #foundpaper #bookmarks #brooksbrothers #bullwinkel #greatnames #fashion #mensclothing #oldnewyork #newyork #businesscards #collectables #estatesale #clothes #ephemera #merritt #1910

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

I was Jones-Ing while on vacation because there were no estate sales to dig through, so I went beach-combing instead. #found #beach #shells #sand #ocean #Atlantic #barnacle #sun #fun #beachcomber #florida


I was Jones-Ing while on vacation because there were no estate sales to dig through, so I went beach-combing instead. #beach #shells #sand #ocean #Atlantic #barnacle #sun #fun #beachcomber #florida

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If you go searching for the odd and unique...you will find it. This is a Pillsbury cookbook from 1933 bound in an aluminum case. Why? Well, that's the joy in discovering the odd and unique. #found #book #books #odd #unique #cookbook #pillsbury #food #foodie #cooling #meals #culinary #1930s #artdeco #aluminum #estatesale #urbanarcheology


If you go searching for the odd and unique...you will find it. This is a Pillsbury cookbook from 1933 bound in an aluminum case. Why? Well, that's the joy in discovering the odd and unique. #book #books #odd #unique #cookbook #pillsbury #food #foodie #cooling #meals #culinary #1930s #artdeco #aluminum #estatesale #urbanarcheology

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

As a World War I POW my grandfather was required to sign this simple document promising not to escape. *Sigh* war used to be so civilized. #military #found #foundpaper #wwi #documents #war #pow #veterans #vfw #greatbritain #prisoner #cool #urbanarcheology #family #memoirs #history #germanempire


As a World War I POW my grandfather was required to sign this simple document promising not to escape. *Sigh* war used to be so civilized. #military #foundpaper #wwi #documents #war #pow #veterans #vfw #greatbritain #prisoner #cool #urbanarcheology #family #memoirs #history #germanempire

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Before the high fashion footwear Jimmy Chew was a traveling school assembly in 1932. The mission was to teach kids good dental habits. Must search for film on this puppet tooth and his master. #found #puppet #dentalcare #dental #medicine #tooth #performance #school #1930s #dentist #humor #funny #creepy #notjimmychoo #jimmychew


Before the high fashion footwear Jimmy Chew was a traveling school assembly in 1932. The mission was to teach kids good dental habits. Must search for film on this puppet tooth and his master. #puppet #dentalcare #dental #medicine #tooth #performance #school #1930s #dentist #humor #funny #creepy #notjimmychoo #jimmychew

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

(Sigh) The things I must pass up at sales...Woodstock ticket and poster...$75 #found #music #estatesales #woodstock #festivals #nostalgia #concertticket #concert #peacelovemusic #newyork #collectables #makelovenotwar #urbanarcheology


(Sigh) The things I must pass up at sales...Woodstock ticket and poster...$75 #music #estatesales #woodstock #festivals #nostalgia #concertticket #concert #peacelovemusic #newyork #collectables #makelovenotwar #urbanarcheology

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Before there were Spanx ...there was Perfolastic. Swipe to see the vague promise that this will reduce weight - from 1936. #found #ephemera #health #fashion #weightloss #foundation #1936 #medicine #advertising #girdle #funny #urbanarcheology #estatesale


Before there were Spanx ...there was Perfolastic. Swipe to see the vague promise that this will reduce weight - from 1936. #ephemera #health #fashion #weightloss #foundation #1936 #medicine #advertising #girdle #funny #urbanarcheology #estatesale

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Monday, March 20, 2017

An estate sale for the ages - Jackie-O's collection was auctioned off by Sotheby's in 1996. An estate auction so big that Sotheby's published a hard cover book to list it all. I found it Saturday and it makes for an interesting read. The big ticket item was Jackie's engagement ring from Aristotle-a 40+ caret diamond ring that sold 2.5 million. The auction, which featured several pieces of White House furnishings raised 34 Million. #estatesale #found #kennedy #jackieo #rarebooks #books #auction #auctions #sothebys #diamonds #1996 #urbanarcheology #collectables


An estate sale for the ages - Jackie-O's collection was auctioned off by Sotheby's in 1996. An estate auction so big that Sotheby's published a hard cover book to list it all. I found it Saturday and it makes for an interesting read. The big ticket item was Jackie's engagement ring from Aristotle-a 40+ caret diamond ring that sold 2.5 million. The auction, which featured several pieces of White House furnishings raised 34 Million. #estatesale #kennedy #jackieo #rarebooks #books #auction #auctions #sothebys #diamonds #1996 #urbanarcheology #collectables

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Urban Archeology tip 1001. Look in every sewing basket. This Roosevelt pin was just floating around spools of thread. #found #buttons #estatesale #political #campaign #president #roosevelt #urbanarcheology #collectables #nostalgia


Urban Archeology tip 1001. Look in every sewing basket. This Roosevelt pin was just floating around spools of thread. #buttons #estatesale #political #campaign #president #roosevelt #urbanarcheology #collectables #nostalgia

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

2 development brochures from the 1930s when Candle wood lake was just a few years old. #found #connecticut #brochures #candlewoodlake #vintage #nostalgia #oldconnecticut #travel #tourism #lakes #newengland #estatesale #urbanarcheology


2 development brochures from the 1930s when Candle wood lake was just a few years old. #connecticut #brochures #candlewoodlake #vintage #nostalgia #oldconnecticut #travel #tourism #lakes #newengland #estatesale #urbanarcheology

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Thanks for looking at the earlier image,here it is a 16mm film projector - working mostly, well the lamp works. The drive mechanism need som tlc. A worthy risk for $5. #found #guessthepicture #estatesale #film #filmprojector #16mm #bellandhowell #gadgets #finds #urbanarcheology #movies


Thanks for looking at the earlier image,here it is a 16mm film projector - working mostly, well the lamp works. The drive mechanism need som tlc. A worthy risk for $5. #guessthepicture #estatesale #film #filmprojector #16mm #bellandhowell #gadgets #finds #urbanarcheology #movies

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Found my kryptonite at an estate sale yesterday...can you guess what it is? Answer coming as soon as I can figure out what time it is. #found #guessthepicture #estatesale #daylightsavings #time #gadgets #finds #urbanarcheology


Found my kryptonite at an estate sale yesterday...can you guess what it is? Answer coming as soon as I can figure out what time it is. #guessthepicture #estatesale #daylightsavings #time #gadgets #finds #urbanarcheology

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Friday, March 3, 2017

So here's the more of the Egg Council's story of our humble yet naïve friend the egg. This is my fist use if insta's multi-image upgrade. Except for the last image these are reversed in order of how they appear in the booklet. The message is more logical in this order. #found #eggs #eggcouncil #illustration #ephemera #food #foodie #humor #funny #drawing #nostalgia #estatesale #advertising #booklet


So here's the more of the Egg Council's story of our humble yet naïve friend the egg. This is my fist use if insta's multi-image upgrade. Except for the last image these are reversed in order of how they appear in the booklet. The message is more logical in this order. #eggs #eggcouncil #illustration #ephemera #food #foodie #humor #funny #drawing #nostalgia #estatesale #advertising #booklet

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

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Monday, February 27, 2017

This is the kind of World Series rain check anyone would be happy to get...except in 1932. #nostalgia #found #sportsmemorabilia #justinantiques #yankees #baseball #worldseries #tickets #urbanarcheology #cool


This is the kind of World Series rain check anyone would be happy to get...except in 1932. #nostalgia #sportsmemorabilia #justinantiques #yankees #baseball #worldseries #tickets #urbanarcheology #cool

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Another well cared for scrap book gem. This is so rare - usually I am googling "ancient glue removal tips" #finds #found #sportsmemorabilia #tickets #notredame #pennstate #football #1930 #justinantiques #urbanarcheology #estatesales


Another well cared for scrap book gem. This is so rare - usually I am googling "ancient glue removal tips" #finds #sportsmemorabilia #tickets #notredame #pennstate #football #1930 #justinantiques #urbanarcheology #estatesales

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Friday, February 24, 2017

Basement treasure is easy to find

You just have to ask....

I have a lot of help from my friends in the "pickin'" business and Justin Krul of "Just In Antiques and More"is one of them. I got a call a few days ago and he told me of a sale he was setting up for the weekend and would I like to see a trunk of papers, pictures that the family wasn't interested in....Would I?

I brought my camera and began to dig...

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Other people's mail... found in a box lit of papers an acceptance letter to be installed as the Minister of the first church of Lynn, Massachusetts. He spends 2-3 pages of supposing before giving his answer - I am sure he made a great minister. #found #eatatesales #religion #letters #ephemera #1832 #massachusetts #history #mail #urbanarcheology


Other people's mail... found in a box lit of papers an acceptance letter to be installed as the Minister of the first church of Lynn, Massachusetts. He spends 2-3 pages of supposing before giving his answer - I am sure he made a great minister. #eatatesales #religion #letters #ephemera #1832 #massachusetts #history #mail #urbanarcheology

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Nothing like a cure-all that begins by telling you what it is NOT! How could you go wrong ? Vinegar Bitters from an 1871 Hartford CT newspaper, "The Courier". #medicine #medical #cures #found #estatesales #quackery #ads #antique #newspaper #connecticut #hartford #urbanarcheology #vinegar


Nothing like a cure-all that begins by telling you what it is NOT! How could you go wrong ? Vinegar Bitters from an 1871 Hartford CT newspaper, "The Courier". #medicine #medical #cures #estatesales #quackery #ads #antique #newspaper #connecticut #hartford #urbanarcheology #vinegar

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Once upon a time Weed was a board game.... more history on this (and images) to come. #found #estatesales #nostalgia #weed #pot #marijuana #hightimes #games #boardgames #1970s #humor #comic #cartoon #burnout #urbanarcheology


Once upon a time Weed was a board game.... more history on this (and images) to come. #estatesales #nostalgia #weed #pot #marijuana #hightimes #games #boardgames #1970s #humor #comic #cartoon #burnout #urbanarcheology

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Paging Dr Stryker....please report to the magic powder dispensary immediately. #advertising #classified #beauty #healthcare #1905 #quackery #cures #opium #humor #found #estatesales #urbanarcheology #ephemera


Paging Dr Stryker....please report to the magic powder dispensary immediately. #advertising #classified #beauty #healthcare #1905 #quackery #cures #opium #humor #estatesales #urbanarcheology #ephemera

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Monday, January 30, 2017

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Step right up folks! Get yer Pioneer Clothing right here. Don't want to look like a Settler all your life, do ya? Awesome hand bill flyer from the days of westward expansion in America. A period in history soon to be known as BW (Before the Wall). #history #clothing #fashion #style #19thcentury #advertising #ephemera #found #estatesale #urbanarcheology


Step right up folks! Get yer Pioneer Clothing right here. Don't want to look like a Settler all your life, do ya? Awesome hand bill flyer from the days of westward expansion in America. A period in history soon to be known as BW (Before the Wall). #history #clothing #fashion #style #19thcentury #advertising #ephemera #estatesale #urbanarcheology

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Monday, January 23, 2017

A plate from the promotional book of the Fashion Academy 1935. I can find other copies for sale but nothing about the school, or it's publication which this represents. #found #fashion #1935 #schools #books #estatesales #illustration


A plate from the promotional book of the Fashion Academy 1935. I can find other copies for sale but nothing about the school, or it's publication which this represents. #fashion #1935 #schools #books #estatesales #illustration

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

This Post Rules!

On my weekend travels in to the basements and attics of America, I don't always need to leave with a pile of stuff. Sure, I'd like to, but I really enjoy the social aspect as well. Just 3 sales this past Sunday but at each I found both tangible and intangible treasures. My acquaintances, whether they be estate sale service owners or other pickers, are a source of enjoyment no matter what's for sale.

3 sales and this was one of only 3 small things I picked up. A Stanely ruler that looked vintage to me, and I was right. If you research the #34 1/4 V you might find that it was made in 1935 and is maple. One site even valued it at $80.  I'll never sell it, because it is too easy to store and has too much personality.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Digging with my friends at a windycats estate sale in CT. This persona razor blade is "Newly" improved. Must be meant for newlyweds? #found #estatesale #windycats #connecticut #razorblade #shaving #old #nostalgia #antiques #urbanarcheology #humor


Digging with my friends at a windycats estate sale in CT. This persona razor blade is "Newly" improved. Must be meant for newlyweds? #estatesale #windycats #connecticut #razorblade #shaving #old #nostalgia #antiques #urbanarcheology #humor

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Monday, January 2, 2017

I'm revving up the time machine to travel 90 year in the past for this masquerade dance. Ya coming? #tickets #ephemera #found #estatesale #masks #party #1927 #danbury #connecticut #fraternal #eagles #foeagles


I'm revving up the time machine to travel 90 year in the past for this masquerade dance. Ya coming? #tickets #ephemera #estatesale #masks #party #1927 #danbury #connecticut #fraternal #eagles #foeagles

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