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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Why go to Newport every weekend when you can view the Palatial estate (sales) of Connecticut just 20 minutes away. #found #connecticut #wilton #urbanarcheology


Why go to Newport every weekend when you can view the Palatial estate (sales) of Connecticut just 20 minutes away. #connecticut #wilton #urbanarcheology

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

If you’re looking for nostalgia... it’s out there this weekend. And when I say “out there” Someone asked me if I wanted to buy this. I said “No planks.” #found #nostalgia #tv #1970s #heehaw #estatesale #connectucut #urbanarcheology


If you’re looking for nostalgia... it’s out there this weekend. And when I say “out there” Someone asked me if I wanted to buy this. I said “No planks.” #nostalgia #tv #1970s #heehaw #estatesale #connectucut #urbanarcheology

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Before there was CVS...Before there was RiteAid.... this 1890s era ad for your friendly neighborhood apothecary also featured alcohol for “medicinal” purposes and another odd little item of you care to look closer. #found #drugs #druggist #1890s #ephemera #urbanarcheology #estatesale #advertising #oldads


Before there was CVS...Before there was RiteAid.... this 1890s era ad for your friendly neighborhood apothecary also featured alcohol for “medicinal” purposes and another odd little item of you care to look closer. #drugs #druggist #1890s #ephemera #urbanarcheology #estatesale #advertising #oldads

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

This 200 year old home has been a source of one historical surprise after another. Held again in July - I returned to take a deeper look. In the barn was this headstone in 2 pieces. With permission and help we carried it to the barn floor and reassembled it. I can’t wait to visit the Easton Historical Society and find out more about Sarah Sanford. The mystery is - I purchased sheet music from the 1860s -1870s and written faintly on each in pencil is Sarah Sanford. The headstone shows that she passed in 1849. How is that possible? #found #headstone #Easton #connecticut #eastonhistoricalsociety #history #mystery #estatesale #urbanarcheology


This 200 year old home has been a source of one historical surprise after another. Held again in July - I returned to take a deeper look. In the barn was this headstone in 2 pieces. With permission and help we carried it to the barn floor and reassembled it. I can’t wait to visit the Easton Historical Society and find out more about Sarah Sanford. The mystery is - I purchased sheet music from the 1860s -1870s and written faintly on each in pencil is Sarah Sanford. The headstone shows that she passed in 1849. How is that possible? #headstone #Easton #connecticut #eastonhistoricalsociety #history #mystery #estatesale #urbanarcheology

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Sunday, July 15, 2018

I bought a box of heads - because - why not? Another find another education. I had never seen these before - but one look at their detail and I couldn’t pass them up. I learned that Bosson’s Chalkware was made from 1946 until 1996. Are these rare or valuable? I don’t care. Some things deserve more of my time than what I have to spend at a sale - so paying means I get to enjoy them for just a little longer. #found #bossons #decoration #chalkware #estatesale #collecting #urbanarcheology


I bought a box of heads - because - why not? Another find another education. I had never seen these before - but one look at their detail and I couldn’t pass them up. I learned that Bosson’s Chalkware was made from 1946 until 1996. Are these rare or valuable? I don’t care. Some things deserve more of my time than what I have to spend at a sale - so paying means I get to enjoy them for just a little longer. #bossons #decoration #chalkware #estatesale #collecting #urbanarcheology

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Another gem plucked from the shelves of Just In Antiques at the Brickhouse. The best part is you can listen to it here: https://youtu.be/KDYwoeEduCE “Hello...baby hello”. #found #urbanarcheology #justinantiques #birds #hartz #record #humor #parakeet #tricks #newmilford #antiquing


Another gem plucked from the shelves of Just In Antiques at the Brickhouse. The best part is you can listen to it here: https://youtu.be/KDYwoeEduCE “Hello...baby hello”. #urbanarcheology #justinantiques #birds #hartz #record #humor #parakeet #tricks #newmilford #antiquing

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

The wine cellar under the “Breakers” (Newport’s largest mansion) was padlocked for many years and when it was opened this is what they found. Hundreds of bottle of champagne and wine many leaking from rotted corks. #newport #found #urbanarcheology #wine #champagne #rhodeisland


The wine cellar under the “Breakers” (Newport’s largest mansion) was padlocked for many years and when it was opened this is what they found. Hundreds of bottle of champagne and wine many leaking from rotted corks. #newport #urbanarcheology #wine #champagne #rhodeisland

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The mulligan Guard was a song of the 1870s that poked fun over men who were still dressing up for battle even thought the war was over. Rescued from the floor of a 200 year old connecticut barn. #found #music #sheetmusic #connecticut #19thcentury #estatesale #urbanarcheology


The mulligan Guard was a song of the 1870s that poked fun over men who were still dressing up for battle even thought the war was over. Rescued from the floor of a 200 year old connecticut barn. #music #sheetmusic #connecticut #19thcentury #estatesale #urbanarcheology

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Still my favorite inscription from my favorite patriot Elizabeth Hutter, who was right there in Washington DC conversing with leaders in the 1850s (Lincoln among them) about how this country was great but could always be better. She still has not received the credit she is due for her work to improve the lives of the people who were the most under-represented -Children. Holding this book, especially today as she held it on this very day so long ago - gives me good vibes - not chills. Happy Birthday America. #found #books #signed #independenceday #america #famouswomen #history #Pennsylvania #estataesale #urbanarcheology


Still my favorite inscription from my favorite patriot Elizabeth Hutter, who was right there in Washington DC conversing with leaders in the 1850s (Lincoln among them) about how this country was great but could always be better. She still has not received the credit she is due for her work to improve the lives of the people who were the most under-represented -Children. Holding this book, especially today as she held it on this very day so long ago - gives me good vibes - not chills. Happy Birthday America. #books #signed #independenceday #america #famouswomen #history #Pennsylvania #estataesale #urbanarcheology

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Monday, July 2, 2018

I have been on a Civil War campaign lately. This pick from the Easton sale just keeps giving. Sheet music usually isn’t my thing, but I was given an odd tip by a random shopper who pointed me to papers under a workbench. What I found was this piece and 10 others ranging from this one 1862 - 1875. All underneath the weight of a rusty vice. Their beauty is matched only by their rarity. This one is called General Grant’s Grand March. #found #civilwar #sheetmusic #military #union #usgrant #estatesale #easton #connecticut #urbanarcheology


I have been on a Civil War campaign lately. This pick from the Easton sale just keeps giving. Sheet music usually isn’t my thing, but I was given an odd tip by a random shopper who pointed me to papers under a workbench. What I found was this piece and 10 others ranging from this one 1862 - 1875. All underneath the weight of a rusty vice. Their beauty is matched only by their rarity. This one is called General Grant’s Grand March. #civilwar #sheetmusic #military #union #usgrant #estatesale #easton #connecticut #urbanarcheology

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

A search for Glass negatives at this 200 year old estate was unsuccessful until my good friend Sharon showed me this pile of shards. I spent the next 15 minutes putting this puzzle back together on location...as best I could. The result is a rescued brief glance at a 19th century lady. Now, if I could just get her to talk.... #found #photography #glassnegative #foundphoto #puzzle #restoration #19thcentury #beforeandafter #estatesale #connecticut #eastonhistory #urbanarcheology


A search for Glass negatives at this 200 year old estate was unsuccessful until my good friend Sharon showed me this pile of shards. I spent the next 15 minutes putting this puzzle back together on location...as best I could. The result is a rescued brief glance at a 19th century lady. Now, if I could just get her to talk.... #photography #glassnegative #foundphoto #puzzle #restoration #19thcentury #beforeandafter #estatesale #connecticut #eastonhistory #urbanarcheology

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

I pulled this gem out of a desk -literally- it was lost in the tiniest of spaces and required tools to remove. Why do such a thing? Just for the thrill of seeing that a 1923 calendar that didn’t exist until today is also synchronized to 2018. #found #artifact #deskdigging #estatesale #1923 #calendar #coincidence #kismet #destiny #urbanarcheology


I pulled this gem out of a desk -literally- it was lost in the tiniest of spaces and required tools to remove. Why do such a thing? Just for the thrill of seeing that a 1923 calendar that didn’t exist until today is also synchronized to 2018. #artifact #deskdigging #estatesale #1923 #calendar #coincidence #kismet #destiny #urbanarcheology

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Early in the Civil War - this publication is reporting on the Battle at Bull Run. The weekend just got started and there’s history everywhere! #found #civilwar #ephemera #history #estatesale #urbanarcheology


Early in the Civil War - this publication is reporting on the Battle at Bull Run. The weekend just got started and there’s history everywhere! #civilwar #ephemera #history #estatesale #urbanarcheology

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

How often do you get tickets to a Broadway show 57 years too late? My very good friend let me clear out her Father’s desk and let me keep the contents. Inside were tickets to the short-lived Musical “Wildcat!” There is more to the story that just adds to the comedic genius that was Lucille Ball. If you want to know more come to one of my “Confessions” or talks in the next few weeks. Brookfield, CT on the June 20th or West Springfield MA on June 26th. #found #Broadway #lucilleball #desilu #tickets #ephemera #estatesale #urbanarcheology


How often do you get tickets to a Broadway show 57 years too late? My very good friend let me clear out her Father’s desk and let me keep the contents. Inside were tickets to the short-lived Musical “Wildcat!” There is more to the story that just adds to the comedic genius that was Lucille Ball. If you want to know more come to one of my “Confessions” or talks in the next few weeks. Brookfield, CT on the June 20th or West Springfield MA on June 26th. #Broadway #lucilleball #desilu #tickets #ephemera #estatesale #urbanarcheology

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Saturday, June 2, 2018

This may have adorned a kite box at one point. But, while the weather is good it will be my flag for today as I try to touch sales in four towns and 2 states. Wish me luck. #found #chinesekiteflying #estatesale #tagesaletrail #urbanarcheology


This may have adorned a kite box at one point. But, while the weather is good it will be my flag for today as I try to touch sales in four towns and 2 states. Wish me luck. #chinesekiteflying #estatesale #tagesaletrail #urbanarcheology

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Processing negatives in the wild. I was the guest of the Southbury Historical Society last night and found that I can now teach a separate class on how anyone with a smartphone can process and post negatives as they are discovered. #found #photography #negativeprocessing #restoration #1940s #estatesale #urbanarcheology


Processing negatives in the wild. I was the guest of the Southbury Historical Society last night and found that I can now teach a separate class on how anyone with a smartphone can process and post negatives as they are discovered. #photography #negativeprocessing #restoration #1940s #estatesale #urbanarcheology

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Anyone up for a bike ride through the 1950s to the 70s? Picked an awesome hoard of brochures and catalogs from all corners of the biking world. More to come. #found #bicycling #vintage #ephemera #raleighbikes #schwinn #estatesale #armonk #newyork #urbanarcheology


Anyone up for a bike ride through the 1950s to the 70s? Picked an awesome hoard of brochures and catalogs from all corners of the biking world. More to come. #bicycling #vintage #ephemera #raleighbikes #schwinn #estatesale #armonk #newyork #urbanarcheology

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

To be an urban Archeologist you must look where others won’t - well, at least point your camera where others won’t. #found #hidingplace #tunnel #secret #treasure #scary #estatesale #discovery #urbanarcheology


To be an urban Archeologist you must look where others won’t - well, at least point your camera where others won’t. #hidingplace #tunnel #secret #treasure #scary #estatesale #discovery #urbanarcheology

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Treasure trove of 1950s era travel brochures - delta dc7 Eastern and a guide to local airlines. Maps too! Just $3 for all. #found #ephemera #travel #vacation #1950s #airlines #maps #estatesale #urbanarcheology


Treasure trove of 1950s era travel brochures - delta dc7 Eastern and a guide to local airlines. Maps too! Just $3 for all. #ephemera #travel #vacation #1950s #airlines #maps #estatesale #urbanarcheology

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Very excited about this discovery. Vietnam Era pilot’s Flight Crew Checklist manual. Everything you ever wanted to know about piloting the F-105 from startup to ditching, bomb release and cruising speeds. This jet was capable of breaking the sound barrier and this pilot did. More history to come. #found #militaria #vietnam #usaf #jets #f105f #war #history #manuals #estatesale #urbanarcheology


Very excited about this discovery. Vietnam Era pilot’s Flight Crew Checklist manual. Everything you ever wanted to know about piloting the F-105 from startup to ditching, bomb release and cruising speeds. This jet was capable of breaking the sound barrier and this pilot did. More history to come. #militaria #vietnam #usaf #jets #f105f #war #history #manuals #estatesale #urbanarcheology

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Friday, May 4, 2018

I can’t believe how lucky I was to pick up this letter at a NY sale. TW Higginson was an abolitionist, author, and the Colonel of the 1st Negro Regiment during the Civil War. He was also a mentor, friend to Emily Dickinson. Museum material. #found #civilwar #foundletters #twhigginson #1859 #history #massachusetts #oldpaper estatesales #urbanarcheology


I can’t believe how lucky I was to pick up this letter at a NY sale. TW Higginson was an abolitionist, author, and the Colonel of the 1st Negro Regiment during the Civil War. He was also a mentor, friend to Emily Dickinson. Museum material. #civilwar #foundletters #twhigginson #1859 #history #massachusetts #oldpaper estatesales #urbanarcheology

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Saturday, April 28, 2018

”Hey, Look me over!”


Some boxes of paper just say to me,”Hey, Look me over!” This piece of Broadway musical theatre history is really special for a reason I won’t give away just yet. In case you were wondering - yes - Despite Ricky's insistence otherwise - Lucy finally got to be in a show.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Pre-Internet Wine "App"

#wine #App #alcohol #estatesale #urbanarcheology
Sit down kids, when I was your age this was called an “App” for wine. No batteries needed, no visit to the App store, all you needed was faith in Christian Brothers.  There seems to be an abundance of Sherry coming from the The Christian Brothers and they have nicely covered every occasion even "between MEALS" so don't put that glass down.  If I was ever at a loss for rabbit holes to run down (Not often) I can always just begin researching the history of any California winery.

The Christian Brothers isn't just a name, it is actually a worldwide congregation of Catholic teachers whose 11,000 members taught in 1600 schools around the world - as of 1989. Today, their numbers are far fewer but their goals are just as fervent and Lasalle University is their most well-known and established school. The orders actual name is The De La Salle Christian Brothers.

Here us my abbreviated version of their History: Started in France in 1861 Jean Baptiste De La Salle moved the teacher order in 1868 to Martinez, California. There a vineyard was established and the selling of wine and other spirits became their main support for the schools and its teachers. They moved to the Napa Valley in 1932 building a retreat and expanding their operations. They survived the Prohibition Era by selling sacramental and medicinal wine.

They acquired other vintners and expanded again becoming a large distiller of Brandy. By the 1970's and 80's growing consolidation due to acquisitions in the wine and spirits markets raised the cost for labor and materials. That, and a softening in the distilled spirits market made the Brothers' dual mission for religious education and wine-making difficult despite stable profits. In 1989 they were acquired by the Heublein division of Grand Metropolitan PLC of Great Britain. 

If you feel the need to keep researching you'll have to go ...on...without me (sigh). The history of Heublein alone is fascinating as it involves my home state of CT and A-1 Steak Sauce - no kidding!


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Sittin' and a-Thinkin'


This bathroom reader - literally and figuratively is from the 50's and found in a home where you might expect that this is as racy a material that ever entered its doors. I think for adults and seniors of the mid-century it was a hoot to reminisce about how things used to be be - and in some areas of the country - still are. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Found Photo: Not happy

#photography #foundphoto #early1900s estatesale #urbanarcheology
I had just told these 3 I had found them in a dumpster...they were none too pleased.

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Saturday, April 7, 2018

Found Photos: Saved from the Dumpster

#photos #photography #foundphoto #dumpsterdiving #estatesale #urbanarcheology
Believe or not I actually found this old image in a dumpster. It was just lying on top among several other pictures that I uncovered after digging through the house. I was able to dig a little bit longer before the person running the estate sale came out of the house and said, “I’m afraid you’ll fall in.” She was right, but falling in is half the fun.

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Old gags are the best gags?

#novelties #gags #pranks #birthday #humor #estatesale #urbanarcheology
 I’m not sure how you can depict this in a humorous way at a little girl’s party using just 3 cells. These are at least 50 years old and still won’t blow out.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

History Wrapped in a Celluloid Mystery

#photography #foundphotos #film #kodak #mystery #estatesale #urbanarcheology
A roll of exposed undeveloped film that could be as old as 106...what to do...what to do...
My next step is to research film developers - stay tuned!

Friday, March 30, 2018

A Guarantee That it's Going to be a Happy Easter

#greetingcards #danbury #art #easter #estatesale #urbanarcheology
An awesome find last weekend turns into a larger story yet to be told. And it was told...on my other website. Read it here.  


Monday, March 26, 2018

If you’re going to have a porch light you’re going to need..... Actually, some may recognize this as an added benefit from owning a Lane Cedar Chest. In 1937 this came with your purchase but you still had to send away for it - to have in in your name and get the $100 benefit should moths snack on the contents. #found #legal #insurance #aetna #1937 #estatesale #urbanarcheology


If you’re going to have a porch light you’re going to need..... Actually, some may recognize this as an added benefit from owning a Lane Cedar Chest. In 1937 this came with your purchase but you still had to send away for it - to have in in your name and get the $100 benefit should moths snack on the contents. #legal #insurance #aetna #1937 #estatesale #urbanarcheology

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Sunday, March 25, 2018

“There no Cleanser like blood cleanser like no cleanser I know” Found a scrap book full of trade cards from the late 1800s. If they weren’t all glued I would have been tempted. I was able to take a few images and cure my need for old paper temporarily- another false Panacea. #found #tradecards #advertising #drugs #pharmacy #cures #quackery #1800s #Victorian #estatesale #urbanarcheology


“There no Cleanser like blood cleanser like no cleanser I know” Found a scrap book full of trade cards from the late 1800s. If they weren’t all glued I would have been tempted. I was able to take a few images and cure my need for old paper temporarily- another false Panacea. #tradecards #advertising #drugs #pharmacy #cures #quackery #1800s #Victorian #estatesale #urbanarcheology

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

“Can I have a receipt for that recipe?” If you opened this booklet from 1879 you might expect to see Aunt Matilda’s ledger, and why would you? It turns out that the words Receipt and Recipe at one time meant the same thing. Both are derived from the Latin recipre which means “to receive.” A visit to the apothecary in 1400 would have been due to the recipe given by a physician. Before 1760 the word “receipt” meant the same thing - to receive ingredients for a specific combination and result. The little advertising booklet for The dubiously names “Dobbins Electric Soap” which combines recipes and testimonials shows that the word Receipt, even in 1879 was still in strong use - ultimately, the use of that word in this context would go the same way as “Electric Soap.” I wonder why? #found #advertsing #ephemera #soap #food #recipes #1879 #funny #humor #estatesale #urbanarcheology


“Can I have a receipt for that recipe?” If you opened this booklet from 1879 you might expect to see Aunt Matilda’s ledger, and why would you? It turns out that the words Receipt and Recipe at one time meant the same thing. Both are derived from the Latin recipre which means “to receive.” A visit to the apothecary in 1400 would have been due to the recipe given by a physician. Before 1760 the word “receipt” meant the same thing - to receive ingredients for a specific combination and result. The little advertising booklet for The dubiously names “Dobbins Electric Soap” which combines recipes and testimonials shows that the word Receipt, even in 1879 was still in strong use - ultimately, the use of that word in this context would go the same way as “Electric Soap.” I wonder why? #advertsing #ephemera #soap #food #recipes #1879 #funny #humor #estatesale #urbanarcheology

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

In these waning days of the winter doldrums I have been listening to REM and relaxing to the song “Man on the Moon. I ” It wasn’t until I listened to the lyrics and wondered the significance of the line “Mr Freddie Blassie and the Breakfast mess...” It was around the same time I was pulling this gem from one of my unsorted piles of found paper. I don’t know who the future champ “Kyle” is, but I wish I did. Classy Freddy Blassie went from top wrestler to top manager of Hulk Hogan and others. I remember Andy Kaufman’s obsession with wrestling and watched some of the spoof film he made called “My Breakfast with Blassie.” It was a Mess indeed, mainly ultra dull on purpose as a jab maybe at the film “My dinner with Andre” with Wallace Shawn. Andy and Freddy have a lot of questions to answer, I guess we’ll see them heaven if we make the list, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.... #found #autograph #freddyblassie #andykaufman #foundpaper #REM #movies #obscure #estatesale #urbanarcheology


In these waning days of the winter doldrums I have been listening to REM and relaxing to the song “Man on the Moon. I ” It wasn’t until I listened to the lyrics and wondered the significance of the line “Mr Freddie Blassie and the Breakfast mess...” It was around the same time I was pulling this gem from one of my unsorted piles of found paper. I don’t know who the future champ “Kyle” is, but I wish I did. Classy Freddy Blassie went from top wrestler to top manager of Hulk Hogan and others. I remember Andy Kaufman’s obsession with wrestling and watched some of the spoof film he made called “My Breakfast with Blassie.” It was a Mess indeed, mainly ultra dull on purpose as a jab maybe at the film “My dinner with Andre” with Wallace Shawn. Andy and Freddy have a lot of questions to answer, I guess we’ll see them heaven if we make the list, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.... #autograph #freddyblassie #andykaufman #foundpaper #REM #movies #obscure #estatesale #urbanarcheology

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy St Patrick’s Day! This image was a gift from the New Milford Historical Society after my presentation there. Somewhere around the turn-of-the-century and between Kilkee and Clonmel, Ireland artist photographer Peter Collins would take your picture and then offered to enlarge it to “life-size“ or paint it in oil or water-color. I don’t know if anyone ever took him up on the offer but this tiny Irish lass might have. I wish I could find more about him but alas, it’s a long long way to Tipperary.... #found #photography #newmilfordhistoricalsociety #foundphoto #stpatricksday #lass #estatesale #urbanarcheology


Happy St Patrick’s Day! This image was a gift from the New Milford Historical Society after my presentation there. Somewhere around the turn-of-the-century and between Kilkee and Clonmel, Ireland artist photographer Peter Collins would take your picture and then offered to enlarge it to “life-size“ or paint it in oil or water-color. I don’t know if anyone ever took him up on the offer but this tiny Irish lass might have. I wish I could find more about him but alas, it’s a long long way to Tipperary.... #photography #newmilfordhistoricalsociety #foundphoto #stpatricksday #lass #estatesale #urbanarcheology

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Pry-A-Lid Kitchen Gadget

#gadget #kitchen #wilton #connecticut #estatesale #urbanarcheology
Hanging out at a Windy Cats sale in Wilton CT. I found this item in a mini-dig. Now I can open all my jars with this “Pry-a-Lid” from Housewares Inc. in Baltimore, Maryland. And, if my hat’s on too tight I'm sure this would be the tool to have.

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Glass negative processing In The Wild!

#foundphoto #glassnegative #estatesales #technology #photography #urbanarcheology #newyork #portchester
Glass negative processing In The Wild! What tech we possess! I’ll be posting a video how-to later today, because although it’s rough, I was able to demonstrate at the sale in Port Chester, NY how easy it is to take found negatives to the finished state.

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Gas light Me Will Ya!? Not without a Union Card!

#unioncard #gaslight #connecticut #1900s #urbanarcheology
In the gas light era you had to be in the union. This Danburian was a member for 3 years. I wonder who did the letter design for this card? ...Awesome! Do you think the words "United Association" are designed to look like pipes? It's ornate, but I wish someone had gone over the top to make it more obvious.  I also don't see the apostrophe after the "S" in Steam fitters Helpers...after all possession is 9/10th of punctuation law.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Matchbooks from the Past - The Helmsley Palace New York City

#matchbook #NYC #helmsley #hotels #collectibles #urbanarcheology
“...Guests of the Urban Archeologist stay at the lovely Helmsley Palace...where the owner’s wife will yell at the staff while they make your bed!”

Not so poor Leona Helmsley was known as the Queen of Mean for the way she would treat and fire the hotel staff for small errors. There is plenty of history to review regarding the original railroad magnate’s mansion and how Leona's husband Harry Helmsley built a 50 story hotel on the site.

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This jewel in the crown of Harry’s real estate portfolio, which included the Empire State Building and the Flat Iron Building, among others, ultimately lead to his and Leona’s downfall. When cost overruns and shady billing to contracting companies owned by the Helmsleys lead to indictments on tax evasion the couple were headed to court. Harry, by this time was too ill to be tried, but Leona wasn't. Exhibit A had to be these matchbooks -they clearly spent too much on them, the tips are gold! (Colored). Both Helmsley's are gone, but their legacy lives on as a very large and successful charitable trust in their names with annual giving in the 10's of millions.

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

This map of Florida is gold!

#travel #oldmaps #Florida #ephemera #vacation #Cuba #precastrocuba #urbanarcheology
The map of Florida is gold. First, it’s Florida “PD” ( pre Disney), I mean it’s likely late 1940s and Walt was only just thinking of the names of the “Shell” companies’ names he would use to begin buying up property south of Orlando to keep from drawing attention to his master plan. This stitched image is a tiny taste of all the great little illustrations of sun and fun activities in each part of the state. What image of Florida travel would be complete without reference to Cuba as a real destination for Miami vacationers? If only these maps could be loaded into a time-machine and take you back... where’s my typewriter? This is a Sci-Fi story I have to write.
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