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Sunday, August 20, 2017

You've stranded your fiancé in the city late at night and the solution is to light a cigarette? #found #magazine #illustration #advertising #Elks #ephemera #promotional #promotionalproducts #nostalgia #estatesale #1928 #illustrationart #urbanarcheology #humour #humor #advertising #cigarette #smoking #embarassing #dating #oldpaper #ephemera


You've stranded your fiancé in the city late at night and the solution is to light a cigarette? #magazine #illustration #advertising #Elks #ephemera #promotional #promotionalproducts #nostalgia #estatesale #1928 #illustrationart #urbanarcheology #humour #humor #advertising #cigarette #smoking #embarassing #dating #oldpaper #ephemera

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Click bait ala 1928. You too can learn to talk "in French". Top half of an add for language lessons. More of the self help ads courtesy of the elks magazine. Good clean Francophile fun. ! #found #magazine #newengland #Elks #ephemera #promotional #promotionalproducts #nostalgia #estatesale #1928 #illustrationart #urbanarcheology #collectible #language #french #francophile #humour #humor #advertising #urbanarcheology


Click bait ala 1928. You too can learn to talk "in French". Top half of an add for language lessons. More of the self help ads courtesy of the elks magazine. Good clean Francophile fun. ! #magazine #newengland #Elks #ephemera #promotional #promotionalproducts #nostalgia #estatesale #1928 #illustrationart #urbanarcheology #collectible #language #french #francophile #humour #humor #advertising #urbanarcheology

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Friday, August 11, 2017

When gloves came with a disclaimer. #found #Animals #ephemera #promotional #promotionalproducts #nostalgia #estatesale #clothing #leather #disclaimer #urbanarcheology #collectible #fashion #accesories #humour #humor #oldpaper #urbanarcheology


When gloves came with a disclaimer. #Animals #ephemera #promotional #promotionalproducts #nostalgia #estatesale #clothing #leather #disclaimer #urbanarcheology #collectible #fashion #accesories #humour #humor #oldpaper #urbanarcheology

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

All the wood in the world and he still couldn't build a piano forte! #found #magazine #newengland #Elks #ephemera #promotional #promotionalproducts #nostalgia #estatesale #1928 #illustrationart #urbanarcheology #collectible #music #piano #humour #humor #pianolessons #urbanarcheology


All the wood in the world and he still couldn't build a piano forte! #magazine #newengland #Elks #ephemera #promotional #promotionalproducts #nostalgia #estatesale #1928 #illustrationart #urbanarcheology #collectible #music #piano #humour #humor #pianolessons #urbanarcheology

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Can you guess the profession? My good friend Justin opened his new location in New Milford: Just In Antiques & More. #found #foundphoto #nostalgia #estatesale #justinantiques #timemachine #workers #groupphoto #childlabor #urbanarcheology #oldphoto #antique #camera


Can you guess the profession? My good friend Justin opened his new location in New Milford: Just In Antiques & More. #foundphoto #nostalgia #estatesale #justinantiques #timemachine #workers #groupphoto #childlabor #urbanarcheology #oldphoto #antique #camera

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Monday, July 24, 2017

I found these ancient watercolor pencils at a tag sale this weekend. I wanted to buy them but decided to just take a still image instead. Self control hmmm. #toon #doodle #comic #comicartist #cartoon #illustration #illustrations #artist #art #Found #motivate #motivation #inspiration #draw #drawing #ink #pen #pencils #eberhardfaber #weekend #old #urbanarcheology


I found these ancient watercolor pencils at a tag sale this weekend. I wanted to buy them but decided to just take a still image instead. Self control hmmm. #toon #doodle #comic #comicartist #cartoon #illustration #illustrations #artist #art #motivate #motivation #inspiration #draw #drawing #ink #pen #pencils #eberhardfaber #weekend #old #urbanarcheology

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Scrapbooks - they can be illustrious

#estatesale #books #oldmagazines #toon #howto #thingsfoundinbooks #nostalgia #cartoons #cartooning #draw #scrapbook #connecticut #picking #1930s #illustration #illustrator #urbanarcheology #cartooning #humour #funny #bookcollection #humor
Scrapbooks often have no context. They may have been busy work for bored children or more possibly a reflection on the fascination of high quality color illustration. How could you just throw away such high quality art when the magazines pile up? They couldn't - so we find scrapbooks like these from the 30's and get a look at images commissioned by advertisers to leap off the page as if real.
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Saturday, July 15, 2017

The odds and ends you see... Rocket Chalk.

#estatesale #movingsale #oddity #oddsandends #1960s #rockets #chalk
The odds and ends you see... Rocket Chalk. The age of rockets and the promise of space travel added sleek shapes and fins from cars to Chalk? No fins here, but with rocket Chalk you won't stay long after school writing "I will not drive by an estate sale." 100 times. Seen at my friend's - Windy Cats Estate Sales in Brookfield, CT.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Found at the The annual Friends of the Newtown Library Book sale: Science fiction or fact?

#books #bookcover #bookcollecting #booksale #newtown #sciencefiction #imagination #drones #drone #fiction #story #interesting #future #futurology #urbanarcheology #oldbooks
The annual Friends of the Newtown Library Book sale is a Mecca for book collectors, avid readers and me. There is always a selection of ancient tomes of all sizes and old paper to choose from. This pulp science fiction title was strangely prophetic.
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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Prismacolor obsession.

#toon #doodle #comic #comicartist #cartoon #illustration #illustrations #artist #art #motivate #motivation #inspiration #draw #drawing #ink #pen #pencils #prisma #prismacolor #weekend #hope
Prismacolor obsession. At the estate sale sneak peak I conducted recently, I found a set of older prismacolor pencils and decided to buy and then display them with the 2 other eras of these magical sticks. Newest at the top oldest at the bottom. I don't know how old. Getting ready to color...with them.
One item I learned is that, no surprise, the older ones are better than the newer ones. If you ask around to fans of the pencils many will tell you that now they are made in Mexico they break more often. I have made no empirical study to verify this - but I will tell that now I have another excuse to buy old pencils when I see them at sales - like I needed an excuse!

Here is a sample of my Prismacolor obsession:
Prismacolor

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Two worlds collide again! Art meets Archeology

 #estatesale #books #oldmagazines #toon #howto #thingsfoundinbooks #nostalgia #cartoons #cartooning #draw #famousartistschool #westport #connecticut #picking #1959 #illustration #illustrator #urbanarcheology #cartooning #humour #funny #bookcollection #humor #learntodraw #bethlehem
Two worlds collide again! While traveling to March Farm in Bethlehem, CT to pick cherries with the family, I happened on another good pick. When you ride through the hills of Connecticut you will eventually come across the make-shift yard sale. Sometimes these are just home goods and toys - the typical we-have-too-much-stuff sale. Every so often you come across an old farm property where the stuff they have too much of is very old.

This day it would be the latter. With a little convincing I was able to bring the family trickster to a rest and assure wife and daughter that I wouldn't be long. This was one of the few times where I could be close to honesty regarding their wait time. While I could have spent half an hour, it really only took a few minutes to take it all in. The grand prize was a table full of farm journals from the 1930's.  I wanted all of these for the ads alone, but managed to hold off and chose just 3.

The Famous Artists School was a Correspondence course in drawing, Cartooning and other skills- the founders were actually famous artists, illustrators, cartoonists in the biz. I have the over sized set of binders that hold the course work and every now and then I find something else from there. Born out of the Artist colony in Westport CT they also published this magazine quarterly. This one is from 1959 and features an illustration of Westport on the cover.  I like it.

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Another production still from unknown origin.

#foundphoto #mystery #film #filmproduction #behindthescenes #1960s #actor #actress #urbanarcheology #picking #searching #interesting #colorfilm #stills #productionstills
Another production still from unknown origin. There seems to be an early 60s military informational vibe with all of them, except maybe this one. See if you can figure out what's going on and who is behind it.

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Wanna know how I find all these bizarre cool and unique things I post?

#speaking #treasure #history #picker #pickers #picking #estatesalefinds #estatesale #garagesale #tagsale #cool #unique #storytelling #ted #inspirational #motivational #urbanarcheology #confessions #humor #humour #fun #thingstodo #connecticut #
Wanna know how I find all those bizarre cool and unique things I post? If you're in Connecticut stop by the Brookfield library- the show starts at 7pm.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

When 2 of my worlds collide...

#estatesale #books #oldbooks #huey #toon #howto #thingsfoundinbooks #nostalgia #cartoons #cartooning #draw #drinks #1935 #illustration #illustrator #urbanarcheology #cartooning #humour #funny #bookcollection #humor
When 2 of my worlds collide...this estate sale treasure of a book from 1935 on how to cartoon also had play money from 1947 tucked in the pages. That's a a 2fer.
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Saturday, June 3, 2017

Gold is where you find it - In The Ceiling!

Every weekend is another opportunity to not only search for gold, but also provide a useful service to humanity.  My good friend Justin Krul (of Just-In Antiques and More!) advertised an estate sale in Sandy Hook CT (still going on as this is being written).   My initial scan of the home found it to be extremely well set-up and very clean. My first discovery were some cool albums
#found #vinyl #vintage #old #music #bawdy #goodolddays #humor #funny #album # #record # stripper #nostalgia #albumcover #estatesale #estatesalefinds #urbanarcheology #listen #recordcollection #photography #treasurehunting #justinantiques #takeitalloff

My plan is always to make a 2nd and 3rd inspection and each time to look deeper and deeper into the house (with permission).  My goal is to find what was missed, the hidey-holes and cubbys that we all consider as safe places...so safe, we  forget about them.

A common place to hide items is above ceilings - so much dead space and flat surfaces they are hard to resist.  This is where I come in.  In this sale I was able to uncover valuables the owner would have left to the next buyer, or whoever may have stumbled across them.  Watch this short dig report and see the discover as it happened...

The epilogue is: Justin returned the items to the owner and they were ecstatic and confessed that her father would often hide these things before going away on a trip. This happy ending to the story is what makes Urban Archeology so satisfying to me.  

I love album covers.

#speaking #treasure #history #picker #pickers #picking #estatesalefinds #estatesale #garagesale #tagsale #cool #unique #storytelling #ted #inspirational #motivational #urbanarcheology #confessions #humor #humour #fun #thingstodo #connecticut #
I love album covers. I also love a good treasure hunt. Although I rarely buy vinyl at sales I still can't help going through a stack of them - they are like glossy pages of an oversized picture book - some beautiful, some bawdy, some both.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Found photos are fun.

#foundphoto #army #1963 #production #miltaryvehicle #truck #repair #howto #glossy #government #veteran #military #service #urbanarcheology #armedforces #vfw #remember #photography #picture #jeep
Found photos are fun. This is a production company still for what looks like a gov't instructional film for servicing a 1/4 ton truck in 1963. Maybe Arlo Guthrie knows something about all these 8x10 color glossy photos with no description on the back?
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Saturday, May 27, 2017

I would rather be right than be President!

When you search for those odd bits of paper and gadgets lost in the crevasses of the past, you are bound to uncover items that reveal an odd coincidence. I will share the coincidence further down, but first, watch this 60 second video reveal:


I purchased a mass of papers from Ridgefield CT estate sale where I found a friendly and generous family that was happy to sell them to me.  As I examined the basement of this home I noticed several scrap books and papers on top of a large plastic container of still more papers. I stopped and connected with a family member to ask if I could look closer. After a brief pause he exclaimed that the papers had been sorted and I could have the entire lot for $10.  I offered my card and explained my goal to researching and share these items in an appropriate manner. A few minutes later I was conversing with more family members who expressed some relief  to see these items go to someone who would appreciate them.

Among numerous tax bill receipts paid in the 19th century to the State of Ohio there was one letter that stood out. As you see in the video it was one of those letters were the envelope is the letter. (Scan coming soon) It didn't say much except that "Here is a copy of you policy - Whitman Mead." Inside was a campaign ribbon like I have never seen..

This silk ribbon espouses the benefit of joining the fight for the Whig Party candidate for president: Henry Clay.  In these times when we are so divided as a nation it was amazing for me to look up something about Henry Clay the candidate. I learned that the most pressing issue of his campaign was whether or not Texas should be allowed to join the union.  Why? Well with all that land there would be a greater need for slave labor...thus jacking up the price of slaves.

The coincidence? As I examined the envelope, I fretted at the fact that I couldn't see the date on the hand cancellation - Inside Whitman Mead has written a date on the top as April 22, 1844.

I looked at the date written there and had to check my phones calendar twice - that date I spend the letter was exactly 173 years from the day he wrote it!  To open a gem such as this on its 173rd birthday was truly cause for celebration.



Friday, May 19, 2017

1915 report card from Chagrin Falls Ohio

#reportcard #1915 #chagrinfalls #famous #celebrity #ephemera #school #documents #records #odd #interesting #estatesale #ohio #timconway #calvinandhobbes #nationallampoon
This 1915 report card from Chagrin Falls Ohio lead me down a rabbit hole as most of my discoveries do. Little known facts about this town: home (at some point) to Tom Conway, Doug Kenny cowriter of Animal House and Caddy Shack. And Sam Watterson creator of Calvin and Hobbs. The town of 4000 today was named for the falls on the Chagrin River that flows through it.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Here's How - a 1941 compendium of potent potables.

#estatesale #books #oldbooks #alcohol #bar #design #decoration #retro #nostalgia #doodles #drinks #bartending #art #illustration #illustrator #urbanarcheology #1941 #liquor #mixology #gin #mixeddrinks
Here's How - a 1941 compendium of potent potables. I couldn't turn away from a find like this. A book with wooden boards and brass hinges filled with awesome doodles from an illustrator named Tad Shell. So many cocktails. .. so little time.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Saturday, April 29, 2017

WWI Postcard for use by British Military


I have been unable to get hooked on a new author ( my fault, not theirs) but after reading just a few pages of my grandfather's WWI diaries, I am hooked. Among the pages are cards and pictures and this is one of her earliest posts home, not much, it was all they were allowed. #military #foundpaper #wwi #documents #war #pow #veterans #vfw #greatbritain #prisoner #cool #urbanarcheology #family #memoirs #history #germanempire #england #postcard #restricted #censored #interesting

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Other People's Mail


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

Found: 1835 Deed


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

Paging Mr. Bullwinkle...


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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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy 1920's Easter!


Have a Happy 1920's Easter! #1920s #postcards #postcard #urbanarcheology #easter #antique #nostalgia #collectables

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Beach combing is Urban Archeology on Vacation


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 can't stand the heat...Get a metal cookbook cover!


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

I promise not to Escape...maybe


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

It's the Tooth! I find unique things.


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

Awesome things I didn't buy...


(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

Not good after February 15th 1936...


Before there were Spanx ...there was Perfolastic. With a 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

Sotheby's - we also publish books


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

Sewing baskets can be treasure chests!


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

A TBT from my own blog...How deep is this post?


2 development brochures from the 1930s when Candlewood 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

16mm is my Kryptonite


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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Guess the Gadget


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

Family portrait in the 1920s


Family portrait in the 1920s possibly New Milford Connecticut. #foundphoto #nostalgia #estatesale #justinantiques #timemachine #1920s #dogs #urbanarcheology

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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

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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