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Saturday, August 10, 2019

Tag sale sounds- I can’t decide what I like more- the music or the case I found it in. This is the only Traffic to be in this weekend. #found #music #cassettetapes #traffic #steviewinwood #foundastory #urbanarcheology #vintagemusic


Tag sale sounds- I can’t decide what I like more- the music or the case I found it in. This is the only Traffic to be in this weekend. #music #cassettetapes #traffic #steviewinwood #foundastory #urbanarcheology #vintagemusic

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Friday, August 9, 2019

I have many friends who run estate sales. When they see me walk up they are quick to assess what they remember about me and what I look for - as good business owners, they do this with all their regulars. I’m more of a challenge because I’m looking for hidden treasure. “There’s nothing here for you at this one.” Lee, owner of Dancing Dog Estate Sales said sympathetically. This only charges up my resolve as I feel she’s thrown the gauntlet down and I am up for a challenge. As you can see from the image I found a favorite hiding place for treasure. Usually it’s old papers squished behind a wardrobe drawer. This time? Jewelry! I asked Lee to come over and her staff followed. The heavily tarnished gold ring was accompanied by a pair of cuff links and a gold Lutheran pin. My favorite phrase to hear as I said goodbye was “I’ll let the owner know what you found.” The owner had an interesting history in TV production as the producer of the Phill Donahue show. There’s cool stories hiding everywhere! #found #hiddentreasure #estatesalefinds #ridgefieldct #discovery #jewelry #gold #hidingplaces #foundastory #urbanarcheology


I have many friends who run estate sales. When they see me walk up they are quick to assess what they remember about me and what I look for - as good business owners, they do this with all their regulars. I’m more of a challenge because I’m looking for hidden treasure. “There’s nothing here for you at this one.” Lee, owner of Dancing Dog Estate Sales said sympathetically. This only charges up my resolve as I feel she’s thrown the gauntlet down and I am up for a challenge. As you can see from the image I found a favorite hiding place for treasure. Usually it’s old papers squished behind a wardrobe drawer. This time? Jewelry! I asked Lee to come over and her staff followed. The heavily tarnished gold ring was accompanied by a pair of cuff links and a gold Lutheran pin. My favorite phrase to hear as I said goodbye was “I’ll let the owner know what you found.” The owner had an interesting history in TV production as the producer of the Phill Donahue show. There’s cool stories hiding everywhere! #hiddentreasure #estatesalefinds #ridgefieldct #discovery #jewelry #gold #hidingplaces #foundastory #urbanarcheology

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Monday, July 29, 2019

Matchbook Monday is back from a slow flight to Charleston, South Carolina. Another gem from the 1940s back when it was ok to smoke not only in the plane’s bathroom but also in the seat next to the person who really wished that you sat next to someone else. Although those flights look like a great deal remember that in today’s dollars that would have been a good amount. The only benefit of flying then was the absence of of feeling like you were about to spend the next 20 years at Shawshank prison. I still think the healthcare crisis could easily be solved by replacing TSA agents with Medical Internists. You’re basically getting a free CAT scan every time you fly - might as well get that shoulder surgery scheduled while you wait for your flight to board. #found #matchbook #collectibles #flight #aviation # airfare #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology #1940s


Matchbook Monday is back from a slow flight to Charleston, South Carolina. Another gem from the 1940s back when it was ok to smoke not only in the plane’s bathroom but also in the seat next to the person who really wished that you sat next to someone else. Although those flights look like a great deal remember that in today’s dollars that would have been a good amount. The only benefit of flying then was the absence of of feeling like you were about to spend the next 20 years at Shawshank prison. I still think the healthcare crisis could easily be solved by replacing TSA agents with Medical Internists. You’re basically getting a free CAT scan every time you fly - might as well get that shoulder surgery scheduled while you wait for your flight to board. #matchbook #collectibles #flight #aviation # airfare #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology #1940s

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Saturday, July 27, 2019

The most beautiful dirt is the kind that tells a story. Against my better judgment, because really? Who needs good judgement when digging for treasure? More on the actual framed image in later, but for now enjoy this turn of the century frame evidenced by the coal dust on the inside of the curved frame glass. #found #turnofthecentury #pictureframe #coaldust #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology #tease


The most beautiful dirt is the kind that tells a story. Against my better judgment, because really? Who needs good judgement when digging for treasure? More on the actual framed image in later, but for now enjoy this turn of the century frame evidenced by the coal dust on the inside of the curved frame glass. #turnofthecentury #pictureframe #coaldust #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology #tease

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Happy Matchbook other-than Monday! The fault lies not within our stars but within our horoscopes. Astrology is one of those things that sounds legit but really isn’t. Despite that criticism I would wager that everyone reading this knows their “sign.” What are the top 2 problems astrology can help you with? Marriage and teens. This is funny because the problem with anyone’s marriage could well be the fault of teens. See? I didn’t need my horoscope to figure that out. #found #matchbook #collectable #astrology #horoscope #foundastory #urbanarcheology #estatesalefinds


Happy Matchbook other-than Monday! The fault lies not within our stars but within our horoscopes. Astrology is one of those things that sounds legit but really isn’t. Despite that criticism I would wager that everyone reading this knows their “sign.” What are the top 2 problems astrology can help you with? Marriage and teens. This is funny because the problem with anyone’s marriage could well be the fault of teens. See? I didn’t need my horoscope to figure that out. #matchbook #collectable #astrology #horoscope #foundastory #urbanarcheology #estatesalefinds

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The Hunt for Matchbook Monday. Why do today what you can avoid til tomorrow? Once, just once, I considered trying French dressing -until I read this recipe. First, I can’t get this visual of someone making this while balancing a cigarette ash over the pot out of my mind. Second, any claim that this will last “indefinitely” in the icebox hasn’t seen my walk-up ‘fridge. Now, if you made the dressing with peaches, well you might have something there. #found #foodie #recipes #hunts #matchbook #vintagematchbook #foundastory #urbanarcheology #estatesalefinds


The Hunt for Matchbook Monday. Why do today what you can avoid til tomorrow? Once, just once, I considered trying French dressing -until I read this recipe. First, I can’t get this visual of someone making this while balancing a cigarette ash over the pot out of my mind. Second, any claim that this will last “indefinitely” in the icebox hasn’t seen my walk-up ‘fridge. Now, if you made the dressing with peaches, well you might have something there. #foodie #recipes #hunts #matchbook #vintagematchbook #foundastory #urbanarcheology #estatesalefinds

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Body shaming isn’t anything new - even before we were judging others at the gym there was another guilty party going at it. As you can see these instruments are parading this poor tuba around making light of the obvious size of his brass. If you ask me it’s probably the work of number 3 in line - “Sexy the Saxophone” Actually, this represents a typical dilemma for me at estate sales. This record likely has some resale potential and I could realize it. However, I can’t see turning around a single item which might 3-5$ and then selling it for $15 or $20. It’s likely that if I haggled successfully it would sit in a pile in my house for me to appreciate it whenever. I really didn’t want to pass this up but if I don’t show some restraint my garage could end up looking rather....Tubby. #found #records #vintagevinyl #childrensrecords #recordcollecting #vinyl #humor #tubbythetuba #stopbodyshaming #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology


Body shaming isn’t anything new - even before we were judging others at the gym there was another guilty party going at it. As you can see these instruments are parading this poor tuba around making light of the obvious size of his brass. If you ask me it’s probably the work of number 3 in line - “Sexy the Saxophone” Actually, this represents a typical dilemma for me at estate sales. This record likely has some resale potential and I could realize it. However, I can’t see turning around a single item which might 3-5$ and then selling it for $15 or $20. It’s likely that if I haggled successfully it would sit in a pile in my house for me to appreciate it whenever. I really didn’t want to pass this up but if I don’t show some restraint my garage could end up looking rather....Tubby. #records #vintagevinyl #childrensrecords #recordcollecting #vinyl #humor #tubbythetuba #stopbodyshaming #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Who needs a smart phone to look up useless information when you can have Conklin’s Vest-Pocket Argument Settler? It’s fascinating to see what we’re the nuggets of information one needed to know to avoid an impolite confrontation. This gem came to me at a preview estate sale in Danbury CT conducted by my friend Justin of Just In Antiques. It’s also happening Saturday - leave a comment if you want the address. This goes under books I buy for the title alone. The joy is flipping through the pages for the proper etiquette at the table - “Don’t nite fruit at the table. Use a silver paring knife to remover the skin and cut the fruit in bite sized sections” or maybe you need to know when Washington died. “The last hour of the last day of the last month of the last year of the century.” Clearly smarter than the average smart phone - now you can be too! #found #rarebooks #vintagebooks #bookcollecting #argument #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology


Who needs a smart phone to look up useless information when you can have Conklin’s Vest-Pocket Argument Settler? It’s fascinating to see what we’re the nuggets of information one needed to know to avoid an impolite confrontation. This gem came to me at a preview estate sale in Danbury CT conducted by my friend Justin of Just In Antiques. It’s also happening Saturday - leave a comment if you want the address. This goes under books I buy for the title alone. The joy is flipping through the pages for the proper etiquette at the table - “Don’t nite fruit at the table. Use a silver paring knife to remover the skin and cut the fruit in bite sized sections” or maybe you need to know when Washington died. “The last hour of the last day of the last month of the last year of the century.” Clearly smarter than the average smart phone - now you can be too! #rarebooks #vintagebooks #bookcollecting #argument #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

So now it’s matchbook “Tuesday” In 1911, Joseph Shapiro and 4 brothers, Russian emigrants, were selling ice cream and then moved to baking cones as well. From there they added straws and matches. In 1947 Joseph outvoted 14 other executives on his board and the Maryland company added cups under the Sweetheart brand - why they were against this we don’t know - maybe their cup hadn’t runneth over yet. Joseph died in 1968 but the company was still growing to the point where in 1981, when they were purchased by the Fort Howard Paper Co. they had 33 plants and 10k employees. Sold a few more times they were bought by the Solo company in 2004 for nearly a billion dollars - a Sweetheart deal at the time the cup and container industry has fallen on hard times and even Solo has had to down size. This faded but unique matchbook is an icon of the early days of the Sweetheart cup. #found #matchbook #matchbookcollecting #collecting #sweetheart #cups #foundastory #urbanarcheology #estatesalefinds


So now it’s matchbook “Tuesday” In 1911, Joseph Shapiro and 4 brothers, Russian emigrants, were selling ice cream and then moved to baking cones as well. From there they added straws and matches. In 1947 Joseph outvoted 14 other executives on his board and the Maryland company added cups under the Sweetheart brand - why they were against this we don’t know - maybe their cup hadn’t runneth over yet. Joseph died in 1968 but the company was still growing to the point where in 1981, when they were purchased by the Fort Howard Paper Co. they had 33 plants and 10k employees. Sold a few more times they were bought by the Solo company in 2004 for nearly a billion dollars - a Sweetheart deal at the time the cup and container industry has fallen on hard times and even Solo has had to down size. This faded but unique matchbook is an icon of the early days of the Sweetheart cup. #matchbook #matchbookcollecting #collecting #sweetheart #cups #foundastory #urbanarcheology #estatesalefinds

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Saturday, July 6, 2019

Got memories? Someone posted this image of their relatives from the 1930s offering a small monetary prize for the best restoration. I restored the faded image on the right to something a little more clear and won the prize. Now, as an artist who is never satisfied with his work, I couldn’t accept the reward until I offered up a colorized version as well. If you have any old/damaged photos that could use a little (or a lot) of restoration - leave me a message in the comments. #found #vintagephoto #photorestoration #foundphoto #photography #photoshop #restoration #foundastory #urbanarcheology #colorization


Got memories? Someone posted this image of their relatives from the 1930s offering a small monetary prize for the best restoration. I restored the faded image on the right to something a little more clear and won the prize. Now, as an artist who is never satisfied with his work, I couldn’t accept the reward until I offered up a colorized version as well. If you have any old/damaged photos that could use a little (or a lot) of restoration - leave me a message in the comments. #vintagephoto #photorestoration #foundphoto #photography #photoshop #restoration #foundastory #urbanarcheology #colorization

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

This one page is really the keystone to understanding how many great unsung patriots have come before us. The woman who penned this could have easily been a First Lady and in addition should be honored on American currency today. Clearly, it is the silent heroes who seek no glorification and only want to set the best example - they are America and they are the ones I honor today. If I had my way everyone would know who Elizabeth Hutter was and why her simple note to her patriot brother on this date in 1876 is so very significant. #found #history #elizabethhutter #patriots #independenceday #july4th #foundastory #urbanarcheology #coolfinds


This one page is really the keystone to understanding how many great unsung patriots have come before us. The woman who penned this could have easily been a First Lady and in addition should be honored on American currency today. Clearly, it is the silent heroes who seek no glorification and only want to set the best example - they are America and they are the ones I honor today. If I had my way everyone would know who Elizabeth Hutter was and why her simple note to her patriot brother on this date in 1876 is so very significant. #history #elizabethhutter #patriots #independenceday #july4th #foundastory #urbanarcheology #coolfinds

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Monday, July 1, 2019

Happy Matchbook Monday! Long before there was a need for the Maytag Repairman - it will always be Jessie White for me - I couldn’t see Gordon Jump in any other role than “Mr Carlson” from WKRP in Cincinnati. Founded in 1893 this matchbook heralds 50 years of Maytag manufacturing history. This matchbook looks pretty good for being almost 76 years old! #found #matchbook #matchbookmonday #maytag #vintage #collectables #maytagrepairman #oldgold #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology


Happy Matchbook Monday! Long before there was a need for the Maytag Repairman - it will always be Jessie White for me - I couldn’t see Gordon Jump in any other role than “Mr Carlson” from WKRP in Cincinnati. Founded in 1893 this matchbook heralds 50 years of Maytag manufacturing history. This matchbook looks pretty good for being almost 76 years old! #matchbook #matchbookmonday #maytag #vintage #collectables #maytagrepairman #oldgold #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology

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Saturday, June 29, 2019

“A loaf of Bread, A jug of Wine, and.... nothing spectacular.”

#books #rarebooks #thingsfoundinbooks #rubaiyat #vitagebooks #annlanders #humor #history #estatesalefinds #middleburyct #foundastory #urbanarcheology
“A loaf of Bread, A jug of Wine, and.... nothing spectacular.” The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam is a classic. I have never read it, but being the oldest looking book at an estate sale guarantees I’ll give it a look. That’s what happen at an estate sale in Middlebury CT on Friday. I’m not planning to read it, though it’s probably on innumerable must-read lists. I’m interested in what’s been hidden inside. The Rubiayat did not disappoint. As you can see tucked inside was this column from Ann Landers in 1969. It’s a classic letter that would have you believe its real -however, it is far too entertaining to be a candid “Please publish this” letter. To sum it up - This wife admits that when she married her husband he was “nothing spectacular” in the looks department, but after 25 years of marriage is now a Chick Magnet. “Young or old drunk or sober” are attracted to him, and now fears she will lose him. It’s funny to try and interpret whats being said and its veracity because all my study of Fitzgerald’s work in translating Omar’s quatrains says the same. Though initially a poor seller the work caught on and became world renowned in the 19th century. Now it is mainly criticized for Fitzgerald’s seemingly bold admission that he really wasn’t sure exactly what was being said and made up his own interpretation. I’m sure Ann would probably confess a similar sin of some of her work as well. You’ll have to read and make up your own mind . For me? A loafer of a writer, too much wine and that’s all folks!

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Say “Uncle!” Found photo restoration! My passion for vintage photos and their preservation has given me experience using Photoshop. Someone posted the top photo with the request: “Can someone help me see what my uncle would look like? This half shot of him is all we have.” Challenge: accepted! With less than half an uncle to work with I was able to reconstruct him using - a nose from a close relative (far right) - a chin/teeth from the female relative- and a tie from the gentleman standing next to him. This was the response from the family who posted it: “Ahhh dude, that’s amazing! My mother’s gonna love it. He passed nine years ago, we only found the photo recently and wondered what the other half looked like! Thank you so much!!!” I’ll never know what their uncle actually looked like, but if it elicits a response like that? I’d say - close enough. #found #vintagephotos #photorestoration #urbanarcheology #foundphotos #photoshop #restoration #foundastory #familyphotos #ohotography #oldphotos


Say “Uncle!” Found photo restoration! My passion for vintage photos and their preservation has given me experience using Photoshop. Someone posted the top photo with the request: “Can someone help me see what my uncle would look like? This half shot of him is all we have.” Challenge: accepted! With less than half an uncle to work with I was able to reconstruct him using - a nose from a close relative (far right) - a chin/teeth from the female relative- and a tie from the gentleman standing next to him. This was the response from the family who posted it: “Ahhh dude, that’s amazing! My mother’s gonna love it. He passed nine years ago, we only found the photo recently and wondered what the other half looked like! Thank you so much!!!” I’ll never know what their uncle actually looked like, but if it elicits a response like that? I’d say - close enough. #vintagephotos #photorestoration #urbanarcheology #foundphotos #photoshop #restoration #foundastory #familyphotos #ohotography #oldphotos

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Monday, June 24, 2019

Matchbook Monday presents: The stats of desperation. It’s easy to see when brands become so large that it becomes advantageous or even necessary to create a competitor. We see it in beer sales- feeling fat from our number one seller? Try our lite beer it’s less filling and it tastes great. They couldn’t just make their top seller different, no they had to make another product. Cigarettes were no different. Why make a cigarette everyone likes when you can come out with Cavalier. How do you detect strong in one product so that you know how to sell “Mild” in another? The makers of Camels found a way but I don’t think it worked. It wasn’t for lack of trying - the inside flap on this matchbook says it all in the oddest market groups study ever: 88% of seniors at a women’s college? ...% of pilots? ...% of tennis players at Forest Hills? ...% of golfers at Westchester clubs? ...% of nurses at leading hospitals? An interesting piece of surveying which would make this less of a matchbook and more of a full report in miniature. #found #matchbook #matchbookmonday #collecting #vintageadvertising #urbanarcheology #estatesalefinds #smoking #smokers #cigarettes


Matchbook Monday presents: The stats of desperation. It’s easy to see when brands become so large that it becomes advantageous or even necessary to create a competitor. We see it in beer sales- feeling fat from our number one seller? Try our lite beer it’s less filling and it tastes great. They couldn’t just make their top seller different, no they had to make another product. Cigarettes were no different. Why make a cigarette everyone likes when you can come out with Cavalier. How do you detect strong in one product so that you know how to sell “Mild” in another? The makers of Camels found a way but I don’t think it worked. It wasn’t for lack of trying - the inside flap on this matchbook says it all in the oddest market groups study ever: 88% of seniors at a women’s college? ...% of pilots? ...% of tennis players at Forest Hills? ...% of golfers at Westchester clubs? ...% of nurses at leading hospitals? An interesting piece of surveying which would make this less of a matchbook and more of a full report in miniature. #matchbook #matchbookmonday #collecting #vintageadvertising #urbanarcheology #estatesalefinds #smoking #smokers #cigarettes

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Matchbook Monday! Welcome to the Summertime Candy. In the early 20th century Clarence Crane was attempting to sell his chocolates year round but the warm weather was against him. Seeing the popularity of European mints he decided to improve upon the design. It seems that the timing of the loss of the Titanic and the creation of a life preserver shaped candy would be related - but it’s a wild guess on my part. Clarence didn’t see the first Pep-o-mints he made grow into the ubiquitous candy we enjoy today. He sold it not long after its creation to better marketers than he was. They repackaged and promoted Lifesavers going as far as to putting one package in every kit used by US servicemen during WWII. The idea was to remind them of home. It was sold to Wrigley in 2004 as a package with other brands for 1.5 billion. Not bad for something that started as a summertime candy that didn’t melt in the heat. #found #matchbook #matchbookmonday #lifesavers #candy #foundastory #urbanarcheology


Matchbook Monday! Welcome to the Summertime Candy. In the early 20th century Clarence Crane was attempting to sell his chocolates year round but the warm weather was against him. Seeing the popularity of European mints he decided to improve upon the design. It seems that the timing of the loss of the Titanic and the creation of a life preserver shaped candy would be related - but it’s a wild guess on my part. Clarence didn’t see the first Pep-o-mints he made grow into the ubiquitous candy we enjoy today. He sold it not long after its creation to better marketers than he was. They repackaged and promoted Lifesavers going as far as to putting one package in every kit used by US servicemen during WWII. The idea was to remind them of home. It was sold to Wrigley in 2004 as a package with other brands for 1.5 billion. Not bad for something that started as a summertime candy that didn’t melt in the heat. #matchbook #matchbookmonday #lifesavers #candy #foundastory #urbanarcheology

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

There’s a name for non-coin coins and medallions but I couldn’t for the life of me come up with it until I asked on another forum. (exonumia) This was a “desk” discovery- another great place to hunt for treasure at estate sales. The center draw is like then”junk” drawer in your kitchen a literal catch-all for the oddest things. This oversized keychain fob was in among other neat collectibles that all deserve deeper research. This duplicate is also a mystery. A cast mock-up of the 1938 coin is a random choice or was it?....and just 4 times the size. Who made these? #found #money #mystery #exonumia #buffalonickel #coins #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology #keyring


There’s a name for non-coin coins and medallions but I couldn’t for the life of me come up with it until I asked on another forum. (exonumia) This was a “desk” discovery- another great place to hunt for treasure at estate sales. The center draw is like then”junk” drawer in your kitchen a literal catch-all for the oddest things. This oversized keychain fob was in among other neat collectibles that all deserve deeper research. This duplicate is also a mystery. A cast mock-up of the 1938 coin is a random choice or was it?....and just 4 times the size. Who made these? #money #mystery #exonumia #buffalonickel #coins #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology #keyring

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Matchbook Monday (was 2 days ago) but I bring you this matchbook with which to light the peace pipe of forgiveness. I have always considered the elevator business to be - break-even - because Ups = Downs Otis elevator has been in the news lately due to a very large merger in Connecticut. More interesting is how Otis came to be - Elisha Graves Otis was a mechanic in Albany in the 1840s. He was employed by a factory with large machinery and knew how to maintain and install it. Assisting the installation of machines at another factory he knew the perils of hoisting heavy equipment and the danger of it breaking or coming loose. He developed a braking design to make heavy lifting safer. When he applied it to existing designs for elevators the result was skepticism. It took a public exhibition with Otis himself in a demonstration where the elevator cable was cut with the inventor inside. His system worked and the rest is history. He created a solution that lead to the expansion of elevator use and the proliferation of high rise buildings. Otis didn’t invent the elevator he invented the breaking device that would make an elevator safer. This matchbook from 1953 commemorates the 100th year of the company’s existence. Amazing how the prevalence of smoking could place this kind of spot advertising in the hands of millions so confidently. Today, it’s hard to imagine what the relationship between smoking and elevators could be. On the upside - the merger, which involves the parent company of Otis Elevator, will not result in the company leaving Connecticut. #found #Matchbook #vintage #collecting #otiselevator #matchbookmonday #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology


Matchbook Monday (was 2 days ago) but I bring you this matchbook with which to light the peace pipe of forgiveness. I have always considered the elevator business to be - break-even - because Ups = Downs Otis elevator has been in the news lately due to a very large merger in Connecticut. More interesting is how Otis came to be - Elisha Graves Otis was a mechanic in Albany in the 1840s. He was employed by a factory with large machinery and knew how to maintain and install it. Assisting the installation of machines at another factory he knew the perils of hoisting heavy equipment and the danger of it breaking or coming loose. He developed a braking design to make heavy lifting safer. When he applied it to existing designs for elevators the result was skepticism. It took a public exhibition with Otis himself in a demonstration where the elevator cable was cut with the inventor inside. His system worked and the rest is history. He created a solution that lead to the expansion of elevator use and the proliferation of high rise buildings. Otis didn’t invent the elevator he invented the breaking device that would make an elevator safer. This matchbook from 1953 commemorates the 100th year of the company’s existence. Amazing how the prevalence of smoking could place this kind of spot advertising in the hands of millions so confidently. Today, it’s hard to imagine what the relationship between smoking and elevators could be. On the upside - the merger, which involves the parent company of Otis Elevator, will not result in the company leaving Connecticut. #Matchbook #vintage #collecting #otiselevator #matchbookmonday #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

It is only fitting that this 1935 ticket reads “this little bookmark commemorates your visit to NBCs Radio City studios” and that I would find it in a book. It must have been a big deal to be on this tour that year. The design of the stub allows the holder to snap it over a button and wear it during the tour as a badge. Of all the things I have found in books- this is my favorite. #found #bookmarks #thingsfoundinbools #NBCradio #ephemera vintageradio #unique #estatesalefinds #urbanarcheology #foundastory


It is only fitting that this 1935 ticket reads “this little bookmark commemorates your visit to NBCs Radio City studios” and that I would find it in a book. It must have been a big deal to be on this tour that year. The design of the stub allows the holder to snap it over a button and wear it during the tour as a badge. Of all the things I have found in books- this is my favorite. #bookmarks #thingsfoundinbools #NBCradio #ephemera vintageradio #unique #estatesalefinds #urbanarcheology #foundastory

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Photo-restoration is a professional skill, but even deep in an estate sale you can take a stab at it with your phone....to build a relationship with the seller. This image of a medium-large mansion in Virginia was pointed out to me as being “somewhere around the house under a pile of books.” Adding “it’s pretty faded.” That was all I needed to go hunting. I found the photo and the frame with glass all in a heap and quickly snapped the top image. The resulting restoration is not perfect but enough to impress the husband of the seller. The home had been part of his family’s estate several generations ago. I found what I was looking for and it didn’t cost a penny. #found #foundphoto #photorestoration #vintagephoto #oldvirginia #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology #frugallife


Photo-restoration is a professional skill, but even deep in an estate sale you can take a stab at it with your phone....to build a relationship with the seller. This image of a medium-large mansion in Virginia was pointed out to me as being “somewhere around the house under a pile of books.” Adding “it’s pretty faded.” That was all I needed to go hunting. I found the photo and the frame with glass all in a heap and quickly snapped the top image. The resulting restoration is not perfect but enough to impress the husband of the seller. The home had been part of his family’s estate several generations ago. I found what I was looking for and it didn’t cost a penny. #foundphoto #photorestoration #vintagephoto #oldvirginia #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology #frugallife

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Popeye was no "HAM" even though it would have gone good with Spinach.


I recently found myself the owner of a thick pile of Ham radio callsign cards. These fascinate me because each is a recording of a specific date, time and place...and are personalized. They are an officiating of signal received between to “Hams” to signify quality of signal and create an opportunity to network further. I like this one because if it’s use of Popeye the Sailor. I guess that these could be ordered and customized however the send wished. This one is from 1964 and sadly the sending died on 1985. Out of respect I have added this image to the memorial search site www.findagrave.com. So family members may more easily discover it.

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

A new trunk for you and your big head.

#estatesalefinds #urbanarcheology #foundastory #vintageads #19thcenturyadvertising #humor
A new trunk for you and your big head. This is an 1892 ad for a new kind of trunk with a lid that won’t break the plaster when opened flush with the wall. The inventor calls it “Common Sense” but I call it a classic. Now I’ll have to go looking for this style at the next dig.

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Monday, June 3, 2019

Happy Matchbook Monday! This late 60s early 70s matchbook has me confused. A short leap on a Monday. Rather than the gender-less turtle I remember ads tempting me to draw (or was it the sea captain?) I have never seen this one. Who is the appeal to? My own gender bias (the people used in ads are often there to emulate the very people the ad is aimed at) tells me that this is meant to encourage a female audience, but then there’s that symbol on the reverse. At a time when gender symbols for male and female were fast becoming part of pop culture it is strange to me how this modified symbol for the male gender has a useful place on this promotion. Not to mention, but I will, that the contest was just a scam to develop leads for an overpriced correspondence course. No matter, I love it for all its faults. I’ll be entering to win today! Wish me luck. #found #matchbookmonday #matchbook #vintageads #collectibles #foundastory #genderbias #drawme #scams #contests #urbanarcheology


Happy Matchbook Monday! This late 60s early 70s matchbook has me confused. A short leap on a Monday. Rather than the gender-less turtle I remember ads tempting me to draw (or was it the sea captain?) I have never seen this one. Who is the appeal to? My own gender bias (the people used in ads are often there to emulate the very people the ad is aimed at) tells me that this is meant to encourage a female audience, but then there’s that symbol on the reverse. At a time when gender symbols for male and female were fast becoming part of pop culture it is strange to me how this modified symbol for the male gender has a useful place on this promotion. Not to mention, but I will, that the contest was just a scam to develop leads for an overpriced correspondence course. No matter, I love it for all its faults. I’ll be entering to win today! Wish me luck. #matchbookmonday #matchbook #vintageads #collectibles #foundastory #genderbias #drawme #scams #contests #urbanarcheology

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Friday, May 31, 2019

Be an early bird for an estate sale and this is what you’ll see. If I had been an earlier bird I could be in that line. No matter - for what I seek it almost doesn’t matter what time I get there, though early is better. Good sale-ing weather for Saturday - happy hunting! #found #estatesales #justinantiquesatthebrickhouse #treasurehunting #connecticut #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology


Be an early bird for an estate sale and this is what you’ll see. If I had been an earlier bird I could be in that line. No matter - for what I seek it almost doesn’t matter what time I get there, though early is better. Good sale-ing weather for Saturday - happy hunting! #estatesales #justinantiquesatthebrickhouse #treasurehunting #connecticut #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

I drove down to Florida with my parents when I was 16. From NY to FLA it was a long time in the family truckster. Fortunately, right at the halfway point there was this oasis in a sea of boredom. SOUTH OF THE BORDER If you’ve ever taken the trip I don’t need to tell you that the journey there was precluded by billboard after billboard of campy quotes and words of wisdom by the SotB mascot “Pedro.” Each one giving the ever shrinking “miles to go” countdown. This matchbook has to be from the 70s as it features the I-95 locale and displays the giant Pedro sign. It still exists today though it has been reduced in size some due to competition and original owner passing in 2001. I actually got to go and all I remember was a video game parlor that could rival any Vegas gaming floor. It was a slice of heaven for a teen. #found #vintageads #matchbook #collectibles #travel #vintagetourism #touristtrap #southofthebordersc #urbanarcheology #foundastory #estatesalefinds


I drove down to Florida with my parents when I was 16. From NY to FLA it was a long time in the family truckster. Fortunately, right at the halfway point there was this oasis in a sea of boredom. SOUTH OF THE BORDER If you’ve ever taken the trip I don’t need to tell you that the journey there was precluded by billboard after billboard of campy quotes and words of wisdom by the SotB mascot “Pedro.” Each one giving the ever shrinking “miles to go” countdown. This matchbook has to be from the 70s as it features the I-95 locale and displays the giant Pedro sign. It still exists today though it has been reduced in size some due to competition and original owner passing in 2001. I actually got to go and all I remember was a video game parlor that could rival any Vegas gaming floor. It was a slice of heaven for a teen. #vintageads #matchbook #collectibles #travel #vintagetourism #touristtrap #southofthebordersc #urbanarcheology #foundastory #estatesalefinds

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Monday, May 27, 2019

Originally known as “Decoration Day” Memorial Day was not made a federal holiday until 1971. Since the Civil War, many communities and States set aside a day around this time of year to decorate the graves of the fallen with flowers. World War 1 signified the need to decorate the graves of soldiers from all wars. #found #history #memorialday #illustration #war #rememberance #foundastory


Originally known as “Decoration Day” Memorial Day was not made a federal holiday until 1971. Since the Civil War, many communities and States set aside a day around this time of year to decorate the graves of the fallen with flowers. World War 1 signified the need to decorate the graves of soldiers from all wars. #history #memorialday #illustration #war #rememberance #foundastory

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Friday, May 24, 2019

Cool letterhead of the day. Maley and Caroline were fruit and vegetable shippers in 1922. If you wanted Grapes by the freight car load these were the ones to go with. My favorite coincidence with this is the age matching the NYC address. #found #foundpaper #vintageletterhead #newyorkcity #fruitsandveggies #ephemera #urbanarcheology #foundastory #estatesalefinds


Cool letterhead of the day. Maley and Caroline were fruit and vegetable shippers in 1922. If you wanted Grapes by the freight car load these were the ones to go with. My favorite coincidence with this is the age matching the NYC address. #foundpaper #vintageletterhead #newyorkcity #fruitsandveggies #ephemera #urbanarcheology #foundastory #estatesalefinds

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

A fact of Urban Archeology is knowing everything that has come before has a story. The challenge is finding that story. Example: this image of a young girl I just developed. She has a story to tell but I can only hope to find more than a thimble full. Someday... #found #foundphoto #vintagephotography #mystery #urbanarcheology #photography #vintage #photodeveloping #cool


A fact of Urban Archeology is knowing everything that has come before has a story. The challenge is finding that story. Example: this image of a young girl I just developed. She has a story to tell but I can only hope to find more than a thimble full. Someday... #foundphoto #vintagephotography #mystery #urbanarcheology #photography #vintage #photodeveloping #cool

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Spent an awesome Sunday afternoon with an appreciative audience at the Trumbull Historical Society sharing some of the best of my Military discoveries and stories. Special thanks to Kevin Drake and Board members of the Society for inviting me. #found #publicspeaking #trumbull #trumbullhistoricalsociety #history #storytelling #nostalgia #reminiscing #urbanarcheology #foundastory


Spent an awesome Sunday afternoon with an appreciative audience at the Trumbull Historical Society sharing some of the best of my Military discoveries and stories. Special thanks to Kevin Drake and Board members of the Society for inviting me. #publicspeaking #trumbull #trumbullhistoricalsociety #history #storytelling #nostalgia #reminiscing #urbanarcheology #foundastory

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

War, Women and Wild discoveries will be featured at my next live presentation Sunday 2pm at the Trumbull Historical Society. Discoveries like this book on a pivotal Cannon foundry in northwestern CT which was taken over by the revolutionaries early in the war. This rare book #80 of 202 came out of a not so ancient mansion on a hilltop in South Kent. That’s a portrait of Washington friend and patriot Johnathan Trumbull - the namesake of the Town I’ll be visiting this weekend. #found #publicpresentation #confessions #localhistory #trumbullct #publicspeaking #estatesale #foundastory


War, Women and Wild discoveries will be featured at my next live presentation Sunday 2pm at the Trumbull Historical Society. Discoveries like this book on a pivotal Cannon foundry in northwestern CT which was taken over by the revolutionaries early in the war. This rare book #80 of 202 came out of a not so ancient mansion on a hilltop in South Kent. That’s a portrait of Washington friend and patriot Johnathan Trumbull - the namesake of the Town I’ll be visiting this weekend. #publicpresentation #confessions #localhistory #trumbullct #publicspeaking #estatesale #foundastory

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Marketing is hard.

#Marketingishard #advertising #turnofthecentury #ephemera #photography #whatsinaname #humor #funny #psycho #urbanarcheology #foundastory #estatesalefinds
Marketing is hard. This ad is proof of that. Look, if you are named Cyrenius and you really want to go into the photographic paper business with your buddy Jim Kohanza. Don’t meet over drinks and come up with a company that will be the mashup of both of your names. Also, don’t then create products that use the company name like “Art -CyKo.” And by any and all means do not then use that product to 1-up your entire company name. This is a quote from the ad - “Art CyKo out-CyKos all other CyKos”. Don’t do that... ...unless of course you’re some kind of psycho.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The games we played so many years ago prepared us for the challenges of adult life... I wonder how many kids would become surgeons if this form of “Pre-med” hadn’t given us all a mild form of PTSD. #found #vintagegames #lifelessons #humor #operation #trynottogetburned #itsallfunandgames


The games we played so many years ago prepared us for the challenges of adult life... I wonder how many kids would become surgeons if this form of “Pre-med” hadn’t given us all a mild form of PTSD. #vintagegames #lifelessons #humor #operation #trynottogetburned #itsallfunandgames

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Let’s go to the Moose Fair! $3000 was a lot of money in 1928. In 2019 dollars? $43,566.42. Gambling and games of chance, lotteries have always fascinated us to the point where we will save even losing tickets for years and years. The Loyal Order of Moose (or Elks - take your pick) parodied so well in The Flintsones still exist today. Sadly, this Waterbury lodge no longer answers the call of the wild. The petit-agreement on the front which states: “I hereby donate 10cents” was likely a way for an organization to skirt gaming regulators and local religious leaders for gambling without the permission of a higher authority. However, at 10 cents a ticket....how does an organization sell in excess of 30,000 tickets in order to raise funds? I’m always in search of an Historical Accountant who can help me figure some of the past math problems I’ve uncovered. #found #foundpaper #vintagegambling #historyofraffletickets #mooselodge #fraternalorganization #oldpaper #neat #vintageaccounting #estatesalefinds #urbanarcheology #foundastory #oldtickets #ephemera


Let’s go to the Moose Fair! $3000 was a lot of money in 1928. In 2019 dollars? $43,566.42. Gambling and games of chance, lotteries have always fascinated us to the point where we will save even losing tickets for years and years. The Loyal Order of Moose (or Elks - take your pick) parodied so well in The Flintsones still exist today. Sadly, this Waterbury lodge no longer answers the call of the wild. The petit-agreement on the front which states: “I hereby donate 10cents” was likely a way for an organization to skirt gaming regulators and local religious leaders for gambling without the permission of a higher authority. However, at 10 cents a ticket....how does an organization sell in excess of 30,000 tickets in order to raise funds? I’m always in search of an Historical Accountant who can help me figure some of the past math problems I’ve uncovered. #foundpaper #vintagegambling #historyofraffletickets #mooselodge #fraternalorganization #oldpaper #neat #vintageaccounting #estatesalefinds #urbanarcheology #foundastory #oldtickets #ephemera

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

Very old dealership business card. Found in a desknof old papers from 1920s and 30s. The mystery for the day is - was is “Fordson” a sideline business of one of Henry’s kids? #found #oldpaper #vintageautomobiles #ephemera #autos #Ford #urbanarcheology #foundastory #estatesalefinds #antiquecars


Very old dealership business card. Found in a desknof old papers from 1920s and 30s. The mystery for the day is - was is “Fordson” a sideline business of one of Henry’s kids? #oldpaper #vintageautomobiles #ephemera #autos #Ford #urbanarcheology #foundastory #estatesalefinds #antiquecars

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

I enjoy finding vintage ads that seem peculiar or out of place - not to mention out of time. Take this Grape Nuts ad torn from an early 20th century magazine. This depicts a young man of 15 and the supposed physique he has achieved Is due to the consumption of Grape Nuts and no meat. More important- he’s not just any boy, he’s the son of Elbert Hubbard. Elbert was a well known humorist, author, publisher and founder of the Arts and Crafts movement in Aurora NY (near Buffalo). The amazing part of the story is that while researching Elbert I learn that he’s published a book about the homes of American Statesman. “I know this book.” I went over to one of my stacks of books - mainly purchased out of curiosity. There it was “Little Journeys to the Home’s of American Statesman.” One of a volume of 14 books with similar titles. note: image of Henry Clay in lower right. Elbert and his wife came to a strange end as guests aboard the ill-fated Lusitania. A witness on board the ship recounted that instead of heading to the lifeboats they came out on deck and turned around and went back in and were lost when the ship went down. A few years earlier Elbert Hubbard had written of a woman who also went down with the HMS Titanic - claiming that it was the dignified way to die. #found #history #vintageadvertising #weirdhistory #grapenuts #marketing #books #rarebooks #estatesalefinds #urbanarcheology #foundastory


I enjoy finding vintage ads that seem peculiar or out of place - not to mention out of time. Take this Grape Nuts ad torn from an early 20th century magazine. This depicts a young man of 15 and the supposed physique he has achieved Is due to the consumption of Grape Nuts and no meat. More important- he’s not just any boy, he’s the son of Elbert Hubbard. Elbert was a well known humorist, author, publisher and founder of the Arts and Crafts movement in Aurora NY (near Buffalo). The amazing part of the story is that while researching Elbert I learn that he’s published a book about the homes of American Statesman. “I know this book.” I went over to one of my stacks of books - mainly purchased out of curiosity. There it was “Little Journeys to the Home’s of American Statesman.” One of a volume of 14 books with similar titles. note: image of Henry Clay in lower right. Elbert and his wife came to a strange end as guests aboard the ill-fated Lusitania. A witness on board the ship recounted that instead of heading to the lifeboats they came out on deck and turned around and went back in and were lost when the ship went down. A few years earlier Elbert Hubbard had written of a woman who also went down with the HMS Titanic - claiming that it was the dignified way to die. #history #vintageadvertising #weirdhistory #grapenuts #marketing #books #rarebooks #estatesalefinds #urbanarcheology #foundastory

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

It was whirlwind tour of the tri-state region this past weekend as I took the Urban Archeologist Road-show out to Long Island and New Jersey. A day later this appreciative audience at the Atria Tanglewood Senior Living Communities In Lynbrook NY shared their review with the engaged life activities director. Getting a review of your performance from any audience is gold. #found #publicspeaking #atriaseniorliving #lynbrookny #remeniscing #storytelling #history #foundastory #urbanarcheology #letterofthanks


It was whirlwind tour of the tri-state region this past weekend as I took the Urban Archeologist Road-show out to Long Island and New Jersey. A day later this appreciative audience at the Atria Tanglewood Senior Living Communities In Lynbrook NY shared their review with the engaged life activities director. Getting a review of your performance from any audience is gold. #publicspeaking #atriaseniorliving #lynbrookny #remeniscing #storytelling #history #foundastory #urbanarcheology #letterofthanks

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Monday, April 29, 2019

Matchbook Monday! With a book design as fancy as this I am disappointed that I can’t find a backstory to this Philadelphia club. If you know anything about Max Bachman’s Latimer Club send me a message or leave a comment. #found #vintagematchbook #matchbookmonday #collectibles #historicphilidelphia #pennsylvania #estatesalefinds #urbanarcheology


Matchbook Monday! With a book design as fancy as this I am disappointed that I can’t find a backstory to this Philadelphia club. If you know anything about Max Bachman’s Latimer Club send me a message or leave a comment. #vintagematchbook #matchbookmonday #collectibles #historicphilidelphia #pennsylvania #estatesalefinds #urbanarcheology

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Sunday, April 28, 2019

After my talk in Norwood New Jersey yesterday a member of the audience left and returned from her apartment with these 2 print block headshots. “I was going to throw these away because I didn’t know what they were. Can you help me?” She said. I had just demonstrated to the group how a glass negative can be processed with a smart phone and I tried it with these. It was difficult to get the light angle just right and the result is there. She was unsure of who in her family they were but I think I at least convinced her not to throw them away *weesho!* Photogravure is likely the process by which these were created which was developed around 1879. Photo-sensitive gel and acid etching created this detailed plate for printing photos and illustrations during that period. #found #publicspeaking #norwoodnewjersey #Photogravure #vintageprinting #historyresearch #foundphoto #foundastory #urbanarcheology #vintagephotography


After my talk in Norwood New Jersey yesterday a member of the audience left and returned from her apartment with these 2 print block headshots. “I was going to throw these away because I didn’t know what they were. Can you help me?” She said. I had just demonstrated to the group how a glass negative can be processed with a smart phone and I tried it with these. It was difficult to get the light angle just right and the result is there. She was unsure of who in her family they were but I think I at least convinced her not to throw them away *weesho!* Photogravure is likely the process by which these were created which was developed around 1879. Photo-sensitive gel and acid etching created this detailed plate for printing photos and illustrations during that period. #publicspeaking #norwoodnewjersey #Photogravure #vintageprinting #historyresearch #foundphoto #foundastory #urbanarcheology #vintagephotography

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Saturday, April 27, 2019

I’m not nation-wide but maybe I am nation-deep? I donated a talk to the library near where we stayed during Spring break. The Cocoa Beach library staff were very accommodating and I had an audience of 20 on a beautiful sunny beach day. (Yes, “Archeologist” is not easy to spell - I’m working on that.) #found #roadshow #publicspeaking #americanlibraryassociation #cocoabeach #florida #travel #urbanarcheology


I’m not nation-wide but maybe I am nation-deep? I donated a talk to the library near where we stayed during Spring break. The Cocoa Beach library staff were very accommodating and I had an audience of 20 on a beautiful sunny beach day. (Yes, “Archeologist” is not easy to spell - I’m working on that.) #roadshow #publicspeaking #americanlibraryassociation #cocoabeach #florida #travel #urbanarcheology

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Friday, April 26, 2019

I tried so hard to make First Saw in the Lumberjack Symphony Orchestra, but I just couldn’t cut it. #found #vintageads #advertising #ephemera #1928 #elkslodge #elksmagazine #humor #musiclessons #musicinstruction #oddinstruments


I tried so hard to make First Saw in the Lumberjack Symphony Orchestra, but I just couldn’t cut it. #vintageads #advertising #ephemera #1928 #elkslodge #elksmagazine #humor #musiclessons #musicinstruction #oddinstruments

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

There’s no place like “Home Rule.” This clay pipe bowl was uncovered at a bottle dump in New Milford CT and could be direct evidence of Irish immigrants settling there. The great potato famine in the mid 1800s began a great migration of Irish and other Eastern Europeans to America. By the 1870s, the politics of Ireland was becoming more important to the Irish Americans proud of their heritage. The independence from British rule was popularized by the slogan “Home Rule” The slogan is just barely legible on this pipe as is the top of a harp. There is no way to put a date on this but I would guess late 19th to early 20th century. Very cool no matter when. #found #vintageclaypipe #irishamerican #irishamericanhistory #irish #foundastory #newmilfordhistory #urbanarcheology #diggingfortreasure


There’s no place like “Home Rule.” This clay pipe bowl was uncovered at a bottle dump in New Milford CT and could be direct evidence of Irish immigrants settling there. The great potato famine in the mid 1800s began a great migration of Irish and other Eastern Europeans to America. By the 1870s, the politics of Ireland was becoming more important to the Irish Americans proud of their heritage. The independence from British rule was popularized by the slogan “Home Rule” The slogan is just barely legible on this pipe as is the top of a harp. There is no way to put a date on this but I would guess late 19th to early 20th century. Very cool no matter when. #vintageclaypipe #irishamerican #irishamericanhistory #irish #foundastory #newmilfordhistory #urbanarcheology #diggingfortreasure

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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Among my favorite advertiser premiums are the venerable ink blotters (no need to show the reverse - it’s blue and blank- unused). Dip and fountain pens were still a thing in the 1950s. The reason? It took a lot of trial and error to get the ball point pen technology right. Ball Brand shoes manufactured in Indiana have an interesting history as well. Trade-marked In 1901 the brand survived many ownership changes before the factory finally closed in 1983. Uniroyal, the last owner, was sued to pay for the factory site clean up after demolition. The courts were not convinced it was the company’s fault. The site is now a public park. Another time I will expound on the history of the ballpoint pen. #found #vintagefootwear #inkblotter #vintageadvertising #marketing #indiana #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology


Among my favorite advertiser premiums are the venerable ink blotters (no need to show the reverse - it’s blue and blank- unused). Dip and fountain pens were still a thing in the 1950s. The reason? It took a lot of trial and error to get the ball point pen technology right. Ball Brand shoes manufactured in Indiana have an interesting history as well. Trade-marked In 1901 the brand survived many ownership changes before the factory finally closed in 1983. Uniroyal, the last owner, was sued to pay for the factory site clean up after demolition. The courts were not convinced it was the company’s fault. The site is now a public park. Another time I will expound on the history of the ballpoint pen. #vintagefootwear #inkblotter #vintageadvertising #marketing #indiana #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Matchbook Monday is back! I always wonder who was behind the millions of matchbook businesses featured on this now lost method of Marketing. Turns out it was Jesse Markel District rep for the Universal Match Corp. It doesn’t get any bigger than that. The inside flap is the gem of this book. Not one of those products is around today - someone needs to get with Jesse and ask - what happened? He’ll tell you “It’s the Tips!” #found #vintagecollectibles #matchbooks #advertising #vintagemarketing #estatesalefinds #murrayhill #foundastory #urbanarcheology


Matchbook Monday is back! I always wonder who was behind the millions of matchbook businesses featured on this now lost method of Marketing. Turns out it was Jesse Markel District rep for the Universal Match Corp. It doesn’t get any bigger than that. The inside flap is the gem of this book. Not one of those products is around today - someone needs to get with Jesse and ask - what happened? He’ll tell you “It’s the Tips!” #vintagecollectibles #matchbooks #advertising #vintagemarketing #estatesalefinds #murrayhill #foundastory #urbanarcheology

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

Another mystery to solve! I am researching individual pieces from this group of artifacts I posted earlier. These WWII torpedo men worked at the USNTTR Overhaul shop on Montauk LI. Those initials aren’t defined in the Navy guide - the first 3 are! Could be Torpedo Training Repair? I also have 3 names signed on the back of this picture- two from CT - I am hoping to find a relative or maybe a long retired veteran. #found #vintagephoto #wwii #montauk #history #veterans #foundphotos #mystery #foundastory #urbanarcheology #estatesalefinds


Another mystery to solve! I am researching individual pieces from this group of artifacts I posted earlier. These WWII torpedo men worked at the USNTTR Overhaul shop on Montauk LI. Those initials aren’t defined in the Navy guide - the first 3 are! Could be Torpedo Training Repair? I also have 3 names signed on the back of this picture- two from CT - I am hoping to find a relative or maybe a long retired veteran. #vintagephoto #wwii #montauk #history #veterans #foundphotos #mystery #foundastory #urbanarcheology #estatesalefinds

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Monday, April 15, 2019

Another glass negative without a backstory. What to do. What to do... Merle and Karl were demolishing the old factory and the work was piling up. “Karl, I wish you’d pick up the pace.” Merle could see a 4 day contract turning into an eight day for the same pay. “Oh you think I’m going slow? Take a look in the mirror!” Karl tossed a brick hitting the already chipped mirror next to Merle and both men watched it turn instantly into a pile of shards. “Nice going karl. You not only slowed us down by four days, you just added 7 years bad luck on top of it all.” Merle stormed over to Karl, “Bad luck? You want bad luck? How ‘bout if I- “ “Boys Boys! My father figured you’d be spending more time tearing each other down than this part of the factory.” Wendy surprised them both as they froze in mid fight to watch the other reason they both fought walk through the door. “I brought your lunch pails. Are you going to fight or are you going to eat? By the way, my father’s coming in with a photographer to capture this demolition on film - so, um, look presentable.” Wendy put the pails down as her father walked in with the photographer. The picture that was finally chosen was the only one that could have worked - with Wendy standing between the combatants and promising a date with both that she would later deny, but the job was finished on time. Wendy became the company’s first fore-women due to her ingenuity with employ relations. Merle and Karl never worked together again. #found #foundphotos #vintagephotography #glassnegatives #foundastory #fiction #makebelievestories #factoryworkers #estatesalefinds #urbanarcheology


Another glass negative without a backstory. What to do. What to do... Merle and Karl were demolishing the old factory and the work was piling up. “Karl, I wish you’d pick up the pace.” Merle could see a 4 day contract turning into an eight day for the same pay. “Oh you think I’m going slow? Take a look in the mirror!” Karl tossed a brick hitting the already chipped mirror next to Merle and both men watched it turn instantly into a pile of shards. “Nice going karl. You not only slowed us down by four days, you just added 7 years bad luck on top of it all.” Merle stormed over to Karl, “Bad luck? You want bad luck? How ‘bout if I- “ “Boys Boys! My father figured you’d be spending more time tearing each other down than this part of the factory.” Wendy surprised them both as they froze in mid fight to watch the other reason they both fought walk through the door. “I brought your lunch pails. Are you going to fight or are you going to eat? By the way, my father’s coming in with a photographer to capture this demolition on film - so, um, look presentable.” Wendy put the pails down as her father walked in with the photographer. The picture that was finally chosen was the only one that could have worked - with Wendy standing between the combatants and promising a date with both that she would later deny, but the job was finished on time. Wendy became the company’s first fore-women due to her ingenuity with employ relations. Merle and Karl never worked together again. #foundphotos #vintagephotography #glassnegatives #foundastory #fiction #makebelievestories #factoryworkers #estatesalefinds #urbanarcheology

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

With the launch and return of 3 rockets by SpaceX I wonder if we’ll see a return to cars designed as “rockets” to emulate the futuristic dreams of consumers. This ultra glossy card was tucked in a book at a sale I visited last month. #found #vintageauto #vintageadvertising #cars #travel #space #future #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology


With the launch and return of 3 rockets by SpaceX I wonder if we’ll see a return to cars designed as “rockets” to emulate the futuristic dreams of consumers. This ultra glossy card was tucked in a book at a sale I visited last month. #vintageauto #vintageadvertising #cars #travel #space #future #estatesalefinds #foundastory #urbanarcheology

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

My latest talk in Kew Gardens, Queens - appearing with my backup band - The Gibson Girls. I feature this image in many of my talks and like to see the audience response to the expression on the faces of these long-ago ladies. None are smiling - and when I ask why - a good discussion follows as everyone guesses. Can you guess why? #found #publicspeaking #foundphoto #vintagephotography #gibsongirls #foundastory #urbanarcheology #queensny


My latest talk in Kew Gardens, Queens - appearing with my backup band - The Gibson Girls. I feature this image in many of my talks and like to see the audience response to the expression on the faces of these long-ago ladies. None are smiling - and when I ask why - a good discussion follows as everyone guesses. Can you guess why? #publicspeaking #foundphoto #vintagephotography #gibsongirls #foundastory #urbanarcheology #queensny

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Matchbook Monday:If your wife can’t cook... “VIRGINIA is for lovers...” used to be the state slogan. Maybe that didn’t apply to people that were also married. #found #humour #humor #matchbook #virginia #vintagecollectibles #maritalissues #foundastory #estaesalefinds


Matchbook Monday:If your wife can’t cook... “VIRGINIA is for lovers...” used to be the state slogan. Maybe that didn’t apply to people that were also married. #humour #humor #matchbook #virginia #vintagecollectibles #maritalissues #foundastory #estaesalefinds

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Which came first - the lightbulb or the lightbulb over Edison’s head when he thought up the lightbulb? #found #edison #lightbulb #invention #showerthoughts #brightideas #stampcollecting #philately #foundastory #urbanarcheology


Which came first - the lightbulb or the lightbulb over Edison’s head when he thought up the lightbulb? #edison #lightbulb #invention #showerthoughts #brightideas #stampcollecting #philately #foundastory #urbanarcheology

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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Happy Tartan Day!

#wwi #art #captivecreations #prisonerart #tartanday
Happy Tartan Day! I hope this counts - this pristine drawing is another from the log my grandfather kept while a captive of the Germans during WWI. Signed by Pete in 1917.

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