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Friday, October 19, 2018

This matchbook from 1952 is in amazing condition for being 66 years old. It has outlived all the politicians on it. Bill Marland won his bid for Governor of West Virginia serving from 53 - 57. He supported desegregation of schools and was overall a fine public servant. He was accused of drinking to excess in the daytime but dismissed the attack. After his run in politics he was spotted by a reporter in 1965 driving a cab in Chicago. In a press conference he admitted that the work as cabbie helped him in his recovery as an alcoholic. The notoriety actually turned his life around and he became a minor celebrity and landed a better job. Sadly, later that same year he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died. Tell me that story doesn’t beat a pair of Harleys! #found #matchbook #politics #democrats #1953 #estatesalefinds #urbanarcheology


This matchbook from 1952 is in amazing condition for being 66 years old. It has outlived all the politicians on it. Bill Marland won his bid for Governor of West Virginia serving from 53 - 57. He supported desegregation of schools and was overall a fine public servant. He was accused of drinking to excess in the daytime but dismissed the attack. After his run in politics he was spotted by a reporter in 1965 driving a cab in Chicago. In a press conference he admitted that the work as cabbie helped him in his recovery as an alcoholic. The notoriety actually turned his life around and he became a minor celebrity and landed a better job. Sadly, later that same year he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died. Tell me that story doesn’t beat a pair of Harleys! #matchbook #politics #democrats #1953 #estatesalefinds #urbanarcheology

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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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