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Monday, November 19, 2018

Matchbook Monday: the McMahon Transportation Company was never a sidekick to Johnny Carson but they certain put the “book” in matchbook. This is another gem from the 1950s which was clearly an era where everyone smoked and thus got all their advertising from matches. #found #matchbook #1950s #transportation #tourbus #estatesale #urbanarcheology


Matchbook Monday: the McMahon Transportation Company was never a sidekick to Johnny Carson but they certain put the “book” in matchbook. This is another gem from the 1950s which was clearly an era where everyone smoked and thus got all their advertising from matches. #matchbook #1950s #transportation #tourbus #estatesale #urbanarcheology

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

1917 - proof that being a POW is a physical thing. You can’t imprison the soul - expression always knows the way out. (From the note book of my grandfather with the art of his fellow captives) #found #wwii #history #art #pow #spirit #expression #military #1917 #urbanarcheology


1917 - proof that being a POW is a physical thing. You can’t imprison the soul - expression always knows the way out. (From the note book of my grandfather with the art of his fellow captives) #wwii #history #art #pow #spirit #expression #military #1917 #urbanarcheology

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Friday, November 16, 2018

A neat military memento: a calendar yearbook from the USS Coral Sea aircraft carrier. Sort of a look back with pictures and cartoons and a log of this ship’s six month assignment in the Mediterranean from 1955. Found on the floor in the basement of a Monroe CT estate sale in an 18th century home. #found #military #militarycollectables #navy #1950s #usscoralsea #books #estatesale #connecticut #urbanarcheology


A neat military memento: a calendar yearbook from the USS Coral Sea aircraft carrier. Sort of a look back with pictures and cartoons and a log of this ship’s six month assignment in the Mediterranean from 1955. Found on the floor in the basement of a Monroe CT estate sale in an 18th century home. #military #militarycollectables #navy #1950s #usscoralsea #books #estatesale #connecticut #urbanarcheology

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

The kids won’t appreciate the fact that on Saturdays in the summers of the 1970s we didn’t have hot and cold running Internet. We had to take a bucket down the corner of the house, turn it over so we could reach the antenna and tune in “Hee Haw!” Sure it was fuzzy , but it was all the entertainment we had, and we loved it. It’s true, this plank - before moving on to a musical career -had its own dark past whacking ladies’ backsides- and though no harassment suits would ever be brought forward - we knew we were all guilty for laughing every time it happened. I saw this and resisted but relented by snapping a shot. Now to hear that we lost the other co-host of Hee Haw reveals a sad reminder that the past is really past. Rest In Peace Roy Clark - you were all we had and once upon a time that was enough. #found #royclark #1970s #heehaw #estatesale #urbanarcheology #countymusic #television


The kids won’t appreciate the fact that on Saturdays in the summers of the 1970s we didn’t have hot and cold running Internet. We had to take a bucket down the corner of the house, turn it over so we could reach the antenna and tune in “Hee Haw!” Sure it was fuzzy , but it was all the entertainment we had, and we loved it. It’s true, this plank - before moving on to a musical career -had its own dark past whacking ladies’ backsides- and though no harassment suits would ever be brought forward - we knew we were all guilty for laughing every time it happened. I saw this and resisted but relented by snapping a shot. Now to hear that we lost the other co-host of Hee Haw reveals a sad reminder that the past is really past. Rest In Peace Roy Clark - you were all we had and once upon a time that was enough. #royclark #1970s #heehaw #estatesale #urbanarcheology #countymusic #television

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

More from my WWI collection but not my grandfather’s. These were 2 random finds that just look like they belong together. #found #wwi #foundphoto #soldier #songbook #1918 #urbanarcheology


More from my WWI collection but not my grandfather’s. These were 2 random finds that just look like they belong together. #wwi #foundphoto #soldier #songbook #1918 #urbanarcheology

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While in captivity my grandfather had the presence of mind to collect the names of his fellow captives. They obliged him by not only writing the name,rank and outfit but several also added how and where they were captured. #found #wwi #soldiersstories #veterans #prisoners #amazing #urbanarcheology


While in captivity my grandfather had the presence of mind to collect the names of his fellow captives. They obliged him by not only writing the name,rank and outfit but several also added how and where they were captured. #wwi #soldiersstories #veterans #prisoners #amazing #urbanarcheology

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Sometimes there is gold in your own backyard. This is just a single page from a notebook my grandfather carried with him in his years of captivity during WWI. He not only had his fellow captors sign it - many added artwork - or should I say masterpieces. Have you seen my jaw? I dropped it while viewing these. Am I having my Kansas awakening? Have I been looking for OZ when it was at home all along.....No! What are you crazy? I’m going right back over the bad weather coming to find more history! Heck! I don’t look good in ruby slippers. #found #artwork #masterpice #prisonerart #wwi #notinkansasanymore #urbanarcheology #wow


Sometimes there is gold in your own backyard. This is just a single page from a notebook my grandfather carried with him in his years of captivity during WWI. He not only had his fellow captors sign it - many added artwork - or should I say masterpieces. Have you seen my jaw? I dropped it while viewing these. Am I having my Kansas awakening? Have I been looking for OZ when it was at home all along.....No! What are you crazy? I’m going right back over the bad weather coming to find more history! Heck! I don’t look good in ruby slippers. #artwork #masterpice #prisonerart #wwi #notinkansasanymore #urbanarcheology #wow

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Monday, November 12, 2018

I am proud to have relatives who has served in the military. My father was a WWII veteran and my grandfather served during WWI - he was a British subject and I am thrilled to be in possession of his journals. Every letter or pc (post card) was saved and copied into the journal. He was a foot soldier and an officer - he recounts the terrible scenes he witnessed while in the trenches. What is amazing is his capture and absolute civil treatment by the Germans. This is the page that describes that he has been captured...an honest historical treasure and soon to be a topic of my upcoming presentations. #found #wwi #history #veteransday #veterans #england #urbanarcheology


I am proud to have relatives who has served in the military. My father was a WWII veteran and my grandfather served during WWI - he was a British subject and I am thrilled to be in possession of his journals. Every letter or pc (post card) was saved and copied into the journal. He was a foot soldier and an officer - he recounts the terrible scenes he witnessed while in the trenches. What is amazing is his capture and absolute civil treatment by the Germans. This is the page that describes that he has been captured...an honest historical treasure and soon to be a topic of my upcoming presentations. #wwi #history #veteransday #veterans #england #urbanarcheology

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

It has been said that “Strangers are people we haven’t met yet.” What about the strangers I’ll never get to know- like these nice folks? Some folks leave just enough behind that I feel like I do know them - and I need to introduce them around. The young girl on the left has story to tell - one in which she overcomes great loss to becoming a person who provides a great service. More of her story is coming soon. For now, enjoy this image of a winter visit to the boardwalk at Atlantic City maybe 1907. #found #foundphoto #atlanticcity #1900s #estatesale #urbanarcheology


It has been said that “Strangers are people we haven’t met yet.” What about the strangers I’ll never get to know- like these nice folks? Some folks leave just enough behind that I feel like I do know them - and I need to introduce them around. The young girl on the left has story to tell - one in which she overcomes great loss to becoming a person who provides a great service. More of her story is coming soon. For now, enjoy this image of a winter visit to the boardwalk at Atlantic City maybe 1907. #foundphoto #atlanticcity #1900s #estatesale #urbanarcheology

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Friday, November 9, 2018

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Monday, November 5, 2018

This matchbook from the 1940s has a couple of things going for it. Unused sitting in a box is a long sentence. How did it stay in such good condition. I didn’t realize that these were made by the gun manufacturer and also made in CT. Finally, if you are a frustrated copy editor like me, you will get hung up on the phrase “...you ever had” which seems to imply comparison before using the product. guns and razor blades- together at last. #found #matchbook #marlinguns #firearms #advertising #shave #1940s #estatesale #urbanarcheology


This matchbook from the 1940s has a couple of things going for it. Unused sitting in a box is a long sentence. How did it stay in such good condition. I didn’t realize that these were made by the gun manufacturer and also made in CT. Finally, if you are a frustrated copy editor like me, you will get hung up on the phrase “...you ever had” which seems to imply comparison before using the product. guns and razor blades- together at last. #matchbook #marlinguns #firearms #advertising #shave #1940s #estatesale #urbanarcheology

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