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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Matchbook madness continues! 1- I didn’t know I had an “Awkward” zone 2- I didn’t think it was there. Ah the days of clean shaves - it was never going to happen with the Kirk Douglas-designer chin dimple my parents had installed when I was born. So I can’t understand the beardists who hurt me for having one. I have always referred to my beard as a monument to the hatred of shaving. Take that! Mennen. #found #urbanarcheology #estatesale #beard #beardsupport #humor #matchbook #collectible #1940s


Matchbook madness continues! 1- I didn’t know I had an “Awkward” zone 2- I didn’t think it was there. Ah the days of clean shaves - it was never going to happen with the Kirk Douglas-designer chin dimple my parents had installed when I was born. So I can’t understand the beardists who hurt me for having one. I have always referred to my beard as a monument to the hatred of shaving. Take that! Mennen. #urbanarcheology #estatesale #beard #beardsupport #humor #matchbook #collectible #1940s

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

This.....was an awesome desk. I became the owner of the contents of this beauty. So much history. So many new stories to share. I am just grateful for the opportunity. Stay tuned.... #found #furniture #olddesk #hidden #moretothestory #history #estatesale #urbanarcheology


This.....was an awesome desk. I became the owner of the contents of this beauty. So much history. So many new stories to share. I am just grateful for the opportunity. Stay tuned.... #furniture #olddesk #hidden #moretothestory #history #estatesale #urbanarcheology

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

George Harvey ran for Boro president in Queens,NY after serving as an alderman in the 1920s. He successfully brought about an investigation into anTammany Hall connected Boro president and essentially replaced him. I need to know more about this interesting politician - the matchbook alone is intriguing enough - but he also payed a role in being the 1939 worlds fair to NYC. One more- he died in 1946 fighting a fire near his home in New Milford CT! The synchronicity is getting to be too much for me. I lived there for 20 years and now live nearby. I guess it’s off to the newspaper archives. #found #matchbook #politics #politicians #nyc #newyorkcity #queens #collectibles #estatesale #urbanarcheology


George Harvey ran for Boro president in Queens,NY after serving as an alderman in the 1920s. He successfully brought about an investigation into anTammany Hall connected Boro president and essentially replaced him. I need to know more about this interesting politician - the matchbook alone is intriguing enough - but he also payed a role in being the 1939 worlds fair to NYC. One more- he died in 1946 fighting a fire near his home in New Milford CT! The synchronicity is getting to be too much for me. I lived there for 20 years and now live nearby. I guess it’s off to the newspaper archives. #matchbook #politics #politicians #nyc #newyorkcity #queens #collectibles #estatesale #urbanarcheology

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Monday, October 8, 2018

From 1927 until 1981 if you were female and needed a place to stay in New York City there was no better place than The Barbizon. Men were not allowed above ground level. Many famous women have stayed here. I am just scratching the surface of the pile of ephemera I uncovered this weekend. This piece from the matchbook collection I picked up is just one of many from the 1940s. #found #matchbook #1940s #nyc #hotels #estatesale #urbanarcheology


From 1927 until 1981 if you were female and needed a place to stay in New York City there was no better place than The Barbizon. Men were not allowed above ground level. Many famous women have stayed here. I am just scratching the surface of the pile of ephemera I uncovered this weekend. This piece from the matchbook collection I picked up is just one of many from the 1940s. #matchbook #1940s #nyc #hotels #estatesale #urbanarcheology

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

A 1944 letter from a soldier fighting in the South Pacific to his sister in college reveals a personal account of one of the most tumultuous island battles in World War II…and it almost got away. Link in the comments. #found #wwii #military #marines #war #history #estatesale #urbanarcheology


A 1944 letter from a soldier fighting in the South Pacific to his sister in college reveals a personal account of one of the most tumultuous island battles in World War II…and it almost got away. Link in the comments. #wwii #military #marines #war #history #estatesale #urbanarcheology

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Friday, September 21, 2018

This is neat, or should I say Cool? It represents the Jazz movement on college campuses in the 1950s. I can only guess that this was a regular thing at MIT or possibly another nearby college. I’d love to go back in time and walk in with this pass. #found #jazz #1950s #massachusettsinstituteoftechnology #MIT #estatesale #urbanarcheology


This is neat, or should I say Cool? It represents the Jazz movement on college campuses in the 1950s. I can only guess that this was a regular thing at MIT or possibly another nearby college. I’d love to go back in time and walk in with this pass. #jazz #1950s #massachusettsinstituteoftechnology #MIT #estatesale #urbanarcheology

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Sunday, September 2, 2018

Just ask Miranda...she knows her rights. I’ve seen enough episodes of Law and Order that I won’t ever need this - not that I would ever anyway, but it’s nice to have. #found #legal #miranda #readhimhisrights #lawandorder #foundpaper #estatesale #urbanarcheology


Just ask Miranda...she knows her rights. I’ve seen enough episodes of Law and Order that I won’t ever need this - not that I would ever anyway, but it’s nice to have. #legal #miranda #readhimhisrights #lawandorder #foundpaper #estatesale #urbanarcheology

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Friday, August 31, 2018

Wooden you know? Another mystery to solve. True story - while visiting Florida I went Estate Sale’ing with my 96 year old mother. What!? It’s what I’d want to do on my 96th birthday. Inside a condo I met an interesting Vietnam Veteran - who had also been a postman - talk about service to your country! His daughter was helping him move back to Ohio and paring down his collection was the goal. I let them know who I was and what I was looking for- as always. Unfortunately, I. could only find a pen-sized postal scale from the 1940s (to be posted.) However when it came time to pay the negotiations took an odd turn. I offered $2 for the scale he came back with $3. Jokingly I said “aww - really?!” He then said, “Yes $3, but you have to take this also.” He handed be this wooden foot and explained that many years ago in Ohio someone had given it to him explaining that it had been taken from the Thomas Edison birthplace museum there. If they could have seen the look on my face they might have heard me say under my breath “This looks like a job for the Urban Archeologist!” There was no phone booth nearby - not even the Dr-Who kind, so I just said, “Thanks!” I had found what I was looking for and drove off into the sunset. If you’re wondering where my mom was during all this - she was home. What kind of a son do you think I am? I brought her “Sale-ing” the day before - this was day two. Can you guess what doll or puppet this might have come from - or could it be a child’s shoe form? The story to find the answer and to return it is coming soon......I hope. #found #florida #ohio #antiques #mystery #thomasedison #thomasedisonmuseum #estatesale #story #urbanarcheology


Wooden you know? Another mystery to solve. True story - while visiting Florida I went Estate Sale’ing with my 96 year old mother. What!? It’s what I’d want to do on my 96th birthday. Inside a condo I met an interesting Vietnam Veteran - who had also been a postman - talk about service to your country! His daughter was helping him move back to Ohio and paring down his collection was the goal. I let them know who I was and what I was looking for- as always. Unfortunately, I. could only find a pen-sized postal scale from the 1940s (to be posted.) However when it came time to pay the negotiations took an odd turn. I offered $2 for the scale he came back with $3. Jokingly I said “aww - really?!” He then said, “Yes $3, but you have to take this also.” He handed be this wooden foot and explained that many years ago in Ohio someone had given it to him explaining that it had been taken from the Thomas Edison birthplace museum there. If they could have seen the look on my face they might have heard me say under my breath “This looks like a job for the Urban Archeologist!” There was no phone booth nearby - not even the Dr-Who kind, so I just said, “Thanks!” I had found what I was looking for and drove off into the sunset. If you’re wondering where my mom was during all this - she was home. What kind of a son do you think I am? I brought her “Sale-ing” the day before - this was day two. Can you guess what doll or puppet this might have come from - or could it be a child’s shoe form? The story to find the answer and to return it is coming soon......I hope. #florida #ohio #antiques #mystery #thomasedison #thomasedisonmuseum #estatesale #story #urbanarcheology

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

My college plans? I’m going back to 1958 and attend the MIT junior prom. It’ll be a smoker! #found #matchbooks #matchbookcollector #MIT #massachusettsinstituteoftechnology #1958 #collectables #matches #estatesale #urbanarcheology


My college plans? I’m going back to 1958 and attend the MIT junior prom. It’ll be a smoker! #matchbooks #matchbookcollector #MIT #massachusettsinstituteoftechnology #1958 #collectables #matches #estatesale #urbanarcheology

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Friday, August 24, 2018

If you know me, you know I love to draw. Finding old implements of drawing is why I enjoy digging through abandoned desks. This sharpener is unique in that it is half the thickness of others like it. This is the first one I have found that was. Meant for mechanical pencils that accepted graphite rods. Cool. #found #drawing #tools #mechanicaldrawing #vintage #urbanarcheology #sharpener #estatesale


If you know me, you know I love to draw. Finding old implements of drawing is why I enjoy digging through abandoned desks. This sharpener is unique in that it is half the thickness of others like it. This is the first one I have found that was. Meant for mechanical pencils that accepted graphite rods. Cool. #drawing #tools #mechanicaldrawing #vintage #urbanarcheology #sharpener #estatesale

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

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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